Bad Day at Black Rock


Review: World War II veteran John J. Macreedy, arrives in a small desert down of Black Rock and finds he is not greeted warmly. Macreedy arrives on a mission but the town possess a terrible past that they want to keep a secret. It isn’t long before he is confronted with threats and violence.
Director: John Sturges
Actors: Spencer Tracy, Robert Ryan, Anne Francis, Dean Jagger, Walter Brennan, John Ericson, Ernest Borgnine, Lee Marvin, Russell Collins and Walter Sande
Year: 1955
Genre: Crime, Drama and Mystery
Conclusion: 4/5
An outstanding performance from Spencer Tracy. I also thought that the direction was superb. The cinematographer was brilliant and did a good job making the film tense and suspenseful. I also enjoyed the screenplay in the film. Apparently, the projectionist’s records have revealed that over the years this has become one of the most frequently shown films in the screening room of The White House. The suit that Spencer Tracy wears throughout the film was bought by himself off the rack at a second-hand store. The main themes that this concentrates on is civic responsibility. The most famous quotation taken from this movie is Reno Smith saying “There is a law in this county against shootin’ dogs. But when I see a mad dog, I don’t wait for him to bite me.” This is on the late Barry Norman’s list of 101 Greatest Films of all time that he produced at the start of 2012 which featured in The Radio Times.  


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