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Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)

(From Joe Bob's Ultimate B Movie Guide)
Race hatred was still a forbidden subject in the movies when this melodrama was made, but Spencer Tracy made it a classic in the role that many consider his greatest. As a one-armed man, Tracy arrives in a present-day bleak desert settlement, where he discovers that the town has a closely guarded old secret involving murder and vengeance. And the townspeople slowly realize that he just may know the victim who's disappeared, and be an investigator of some kind. It's a classic "everyone in town knows a horrible secret" movie. With one of the best casts ever assembled for any movie, and with incredible wide-screen Cinemascope photography to bring out the vastness of the desert, this film hurtles forward at a dizzying, suspenseful pace. With Robert Ryan, Anne Francis of Forbidden Planet, Ernest Borgnine of The Devil's Rain, Lee Marvin, John Ericson, Walter Brennan.  4 stars

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"Bad Day At Black Rock" is available on video and on DVD alone or as part of the Controversial Classics collection.

Fun fact:
Bad Day At Black Rock was used as an episode title of the TV-series "The A Team," and Knightrider has an episode titled "Good Day At White Rock."

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