Monstervision's Joe Bob Looks At
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.
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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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