Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
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Critic Reviews for Bad Day at Black Rock
John Sturges's macho B-picture is more brawn than brains...but what brawn!
Considerable excitement is whipped up in this suspense drama, and fans who go for tight action will find it entirely satisfactory.
Nicely put together by Sturges, its suspense derives largely from the excellent performances and imaginative use of the 'Scope frame by cameraman William C Mellor.
Superb, if it weren't, as we said, for the too-obvious liberal teachings that interrupt the terrific ation.
Audience Reviews for Bad Day at Black Rock
Racial bigotry is at the heart of this small town drama as a stranger comes to town looking for someone who isn't there. Tracy is his usual Rock-of-Gibraltar lead as the returning vet looking for the father of a fellow serviceman, but the supporting cast make this a full meal of anxious tension. There's a fight scene, too, that'll surprise you.
A pretty good suspense movie with Tracy, it has it's good moments, but it also has boring moments.
Great vehicle for Spencer Tracy that plays on post WWII anti-Japanese sentiment. Terrific cast includes Tracy, Walter Brennan, Ernest Borgnine and Lee Marvin.