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5.0 out of 5 stars A new take on a famous tale, October 31, 2013
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This review is from: Dawn at Socorro (DVD)
I first saw this movie over 50 years ago, and even then I recognized what it was, a retelling of the Gunfight at the OK Corral, but this time from the point of view of Doc Holliday. Rory Calhoun plays Brett Wade a notorious gambler with a bad cough and a habit of backing up a friend, a law man Harry McNair, played by James Millican who spent many years playing Wyatt Earp in other movies from Universal International. And like the westerns that we all remember so well, the color is fantastic, vivid and clear. With David Brian in his usual role of the conniving gambling hall owner who hires his killing done, this time by Alex Nicole the stage is set for a great story as Calhoun and Brian war over a card table for the fate of Piper Laurie. With a supporting cast including Edgar Buchanan, and Lee Van Cleef you have the makings of the movie that High Noon never did quite make.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Very Entertaining Western, February 11, 2014
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At the time of its release (1954), “Dawn at Socorro” was reviewed by the New York Times. The reviewer struck a condescending tone, suggesting that it is a movie for people who don’t want surprises in their film fare. Maybe critics of the time could afford to be smug about popular entertainment such as this film. But now, 60 years later, movies like “Dawn at Socorro” deserve to be treasured, rather than dismissed, because Hollywood has long since forgotten how to make films like this. Rory Calhoun makes a terrific hero; world-weary, introspective, and resigned to his fate. He has nothing left to prove, just some hard-won sage advice to offer those willing to listen. Piper Laurie is the appealing, conflicted female lead. Incidentally, if I had to guess, I’d say that Universal International was attempting to repeat the success they’d had the previous year with the Tyrone Power film, “Mississippi Gambler” (which also featured Piper Laurie.) If you enjoyed that film, chances are, you’ll also enjoy this one. The Technicolor “Dawn at Socorro” is appealing to look at, and has some impressively mounted shots, such as the scene late in the film when Calhoun stands waiting for a train. I had the impression that care was invested in the making of this film by pros who really knew their jobs, and the final shoot-out is very satisfying. It’s an intelligent (if uncomplicated) Western, and certainly not a “B” Western tailored for children. It achieves its goal of providing audiences with good, solid, straightforward entertainment. Predictable? Well, in my opinion, whatever shortcomings “Dawn at Socorro” may have are incidental to its value as one of the finite number of a particular type of popular entertainment of the 1950’s that has been left for us to continue to enjoy in today’s sadly more cynical age.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks, June 29, 2014
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Thanks so much for sending such a great and clear movies. I am very please with the movie, and so is my husband.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A winner from Universal, April 2, 2014
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One of a golden age group of westerns from the 1950's. The transfer is good without any remastering. Rory and Edgar Buchanan headline a good cast in this pseudo remake of 'Gunfight At The OK Corral.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, November 24, 2014
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good movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, August 17, 2014
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, July 2, 2014
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Dawn at Socorro by George Sherman (DVD - 2013)
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