Rage at Dawn

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  • 1955
  • 1 hr 27 min
  • 5.9  (1,400)

In the 1955 movie Rage at Dawn, Randolph Scott portrays James Barlow, an undercover agent hired by the Governor of Indiana to infiltrate a notorious gang known as the Reno brothers. The film takes place in the post-Civil War era, where the Reno brothers, led by the eldest brother, John (played by Forrest Tucker), use their influence and connections in the community to cover up their criminal activities, which include robbing trains and banks.

Barlow, with the help of a local woman named Laura (played by Mala Powers), manages to gain the trust and respect of the Reno brothers, and even becomes John's closest confidant. While he follows orders from the governor to gather evidence against the gang, Barlow also has to navigate his growing bonds with Laura and the moral dilemmas that arise as he sees the positive aspects of the brothers' actions for their community.

The movie builds a complex and nuanced portrait of the tensions of the time between the North and the South, as well as the difficulties that followed the end of the Civil War, particularly in the ways that communities were fractured and poverty and exploitation were widespread. Through well-placed flashbacks, the viewer learns about the Renos' family history and motivations, which enhances the depth of the story.

The film features several thrilling action scenes, particularly during the train and bank robberies, made more exciting by the horses and stunts. However, the movie also succeeds in its quieter moments, where the characters have time to reflect on their own personal journey and development.

Scott delivers an excellent performance, balancing the complexity of his character, who is both a lawman and a man of empathy and understanding, with mastery. Tucker also shines as the tough and charismatic yet troubled John Reno, and Powers brings heart to the movie as Laura, who becomes a moral compass for Barlow.

The movie is also notable for being based on a true story, adding an extra layer of intrigue to the plot. The actual raid at dawn becomes a dramatic climax of the film, with the viewer already emotionally invested in the characters' fates.

Overall, Rage at Dawn is a western that goes beyond the genre, with its rich characters, themes, and historical context. It portrays a society grappling with the aftermath of war and conflicting values and loyalties. It might not be as well known as some of Scott's other work, but this neglected gem deserves to be revisited by those who enjoy action, drama, and Westerns alike.

Rage at Dawn is a 1955 action movie with a runtime of 1 hour and 27 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.9.

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    5.9  (1,400)