Rage at Dawn (March 26, 1955)
Released on March 26, 1955: (running time 1 hour and 22 minutes) In 1866 the Reno brothers are terrorizing Indiana, and James Barlow (Randolph Scott) is sent to bring the gang to justice.
Produced by Nat Holt
Directed by Tim Whelan
Written by Frank Gruber with screenplay by Horace McCoy
The Actors: Randolph Scott (James Barlow), Forrest Tucker (Frank Reno), Mala Powers (Laura Reno), J. Carrol Naish (Simeon 'Sim' Reno), Edgar Buchanan (Judge), Myron Healey (John Reno), Howard Petrie (Lattimore, the prosecuting attorney), Ray Teal (the Sheriff of Seymour), William Forrest (William Peterson, Private Detective), Denver Pyle (Clint Reno), Trevor Bardette (Fisher, merchant), Kenneth Tovey (Monk Claxton), Holly Bane (Lee Harney), Phil Chambers (Deputy Cortright), Richard Garland (Bill Reno), Chubby Johnson (Hyronemus, peddler), Jimmy Lydon (Dedrick, Fisher's clerk), Ralph Moody (Noah Euall), Dennis Moore (the doctor), William Phipps (Bill Peterson Jr.), Guy Prescott (the conductor), Arthur Space (Murphy the bartender), George Wallace (Sheriff Mosley), Dan White (the train conductor)
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All in the Crime Family
On a quiet night in October of 1866 the Reno Brothers jumped aboard a train leaving Seymour, Indiana. The brothers and their henchmen had been robbing and killing their way through the Midwest, and when they learned that there would be a lot of cash on this Ohio and Mississippi Railway train, they decided to try for really big money aboard the train.
They got a small safe opened, grabbing the cash inside, and managed to push a large safe off of the train where more brothers and henchmen were waiting. Over the next two years the Reno gang robbed two more trains, but when they tried to rob a fourth train, Pinkerton detectives were aboard and waiting for them. During the Reno Brothers reign of terror, many of the gang were shot or hung, but three brothers remained and continued their family tradition.
Finally, a group of townsmen from Jackson County rode a train to New Albany on December 11, 1868, where Frank Reno, William Reno, Simeon Reno and one henchman were being held in jail, waiting for their trial. Sixty-Five masked men, calling themselves the Scarlet Mask Society, broke into the jail and dragged the three Reno Brothers and one henchman outside and hung them. There was no investigation into the identity of the masked vigilante members, and that was the end of the first gang in America that was made up mostly of family members, and the first gang in America to rob trains.
In this story, Randolph Scott is an undercover detective who will try to infiltrate the Reno gang and set them up with a sting operation. The story incorporates many true elements of the Reno rage of terror, blended together so that two years of events can happen in a little over an hour of screen time. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Denver Pyle and Mala Powers
J. Carrol Naish
J. Carrol Naish
J. Carrol Naish
Jimmy Lydon and Trevor Bardette
Kenneth Toby, Ralph Moody and Randolph Scott
Mala Powers and Denver Pyle
Randolph Scott and J. Carrol Naish
William Phipps and Kenneth Tobey