Dawn at Socorro (1954)





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Rory Calhoun stars as veteran gunfighter Brett Wade in Dawn at Socorro. In a lengthy flashback, the audience learns why Wade has hung up his guns and turned to gambling. Upon meeting dance-hall girl Rannah Hayes (Piper Laurie), he vows to take her out of the shady saloon run by Dick Braden (David Brian). He engages Braden in a card game, winner take all, with Rannah as the stakes--only to lose everything. Sorely tempted to strap on his guns again to claim Rannah, Wade is saved from this fateful decision by the timely arrival of another notorious fast gun, Jimmy Rapp (Alex Nicol). Less of a traditional western than a character study, Dawn at Socorro received better-than-usual reviews when it first came out in July of 1954.
Action & Adventure , Western
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Universal Pictures


Rory Calhoun
as Brett Rutledge Wade
Piper Laurie
as Rannah Hayes
David Brian
as Dick Braden
Alex Nicol
as Jimmy Rapp
Edgar Buchanan
as Sheriff Cauthen
Mara Corday
as Lotty Diamond
Roy Roberts
as Doc Jameson
Skip Homeier
as Buddy Ferris
James Millican
as Harry McNair
Lee Van Cleef
as Earl Ferris
Stanley Andrews
as Old Man Ferris
Richard Garland
as Tom Ferris
Scott Lee
as Vince McNair
Paul Brinegar
as Desk Clerk
Forrest Taylor
as Jebb Hayes
Tristram Coffin
as Man at table in saloon
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Critic Reviews for Dawn at Socorro

All Critics (2)

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Full Review… | March 24, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Atmospheric, sensitive Western with creative color.

Full Review… | August 13, 2013
Classic Film and Television

Though well-acted and presented as a character study, the predictable story was too weak to resonate any concern for anyone.

Full Review… | May 6, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Dawn at Socorro

All of my friends are enemies. Brett Wade is a ruthless gunfighter trying to find a new life, but trouble always finds him. He becomes especially inspired to change his life when he is diagnosed with tuberculosis followed by meeting a poor young girl on a train. He tries to show the girl, from a man who knows hard life, that the hard life isn't for her. All she sees is a gun fighter that appears to be like every man she has ever met. It is up to Brett to show her he has learned from the error of his ways. "What was your sin?" "Turning into a woman." George Sherman, director of Big Jake, Panic Button, Comanche, The Wizard of Baghdad, The Sleeping City, South of the Border, and Outlaws of Sonora, delivers Dawn of Socorro. The storyline for this picture is actually quite interesting. I loved each character's story, the settings, and pace of the film were all very good. The acting is very solid and the cast includes Lee Van Cleef, Rory Calhoun, Piper Laurie, Kathleen Hughes, and Roy Roberts. "Who's chasing you?" "My past." I DVR'd this picture off Turner Classic Movies (TCM) during a Lee Van Cleef marathon. Van Cleef was a solid villain but he wasn't as ruthless as I would have hoped. Overall, this is an excellent western that is worth a viewing but isn't an all time classic. "I remember the quick and I remember the dead." Grade: B

Kevin Robbins
Kevin Robbins

Entertaining western with a fine cast and striking cinematography.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Though well-acted and presented as a character study, the predictable story was too weak to resonate any concern for anyone.

Greg Wood
Greg Wood

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