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Man from God's Country (1958)

Passed | | Western | 9 February 1958 (USA)
Dan Beattie gives up his lawman job to move further west and rejoin his old war buddy Curt Warren in the town of Sundown. At first mistaken for a railroad agent by Beau Santee, a Sundown ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Landres

Writer:

George Waggner (as george waGGner)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Montgomery ... Dan Beattie
Randy Stuart ... Nancy Dawson
Gregg Barton ... Colonel Miller
Kim Charney Kim Charney ... Stony Warren
Susan Cummings ... Mary Jo Ellis
James Griffith ... Mark Faber
House Peters Jr. ... Curt Warren
Phillip Terry ... Sheriff
Frank Wilcox ... Beau Santee
Al Wyatt Sr. ... Henchman (as Al Wyatt)
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Dan Beattie gives up his lawman job to move further west and rejoin his old war buddy Curt Warren in the town of Sundown. At first mistaken for a railroad agent by Beau Santee, a Sundown businessman who wants to keep the railroad away from his town, Dan is nearly killed by Santee's henchman, Mark Faber. Dan discovers that his old pal Curt works for Santee. Even after learning Dan's true identity, Santee considers him trouble and plots to get rid of him. With the help of Curt's son Stony, Dan tries to get Curt to take a stand on the right side of the law. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The shooting saga of Beattie, who bought the law to Sundown...murder town! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

New Day at Sundown See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Every time Susan Cummings was in a scene, it seems as though the director made sure to emphasize her amble bosoms with the use of side shots. You just couldn't miss them. See more »

Goofs

When Dan and Curt are in the shootout in the street at the film's end, the sheriff shoots one bad guy in the small alley and he falls dead behind some boxes unseen. When Dan and Curt run into the alley, the body is now in full view and they have to step over it. See more »

Soundtracks

New Day at Sundown
Lyrics by Jack Brooks
Music by Gerald Fried
Sung by Randy Stuart (uncredited)
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Monty Rides Again!
30 September 2012 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Man from God's Country is directed by Paul Landres and written by George Waggner. It stars George Montgomery, Randy Stuart, Gregg Barton, Kim Charney, Frank Wilcox, Susan Cummings, James Griffith and House Peters Junior. A CinemaScope/De Luxe production, with music by Marlin Skiles and cinematography by Harry Neumann.

Dan Beattie (Montgomery) is a former Civil War soldier who is working as the sheriff of Yucca. After being acquitted of murdering a rabble rouser, he quits on principle and heads towards the town of Sundown where he hopes to hook up with his old war buddy Curt Warren (Peters Jr). Upon arrival, though, Dan finds a town run by a shifty business man Beau Santee (Wilcox) who mistakenly suspects Dan of being in league with the railroad company who want to run a line through the town. This opens up a can of worms and friendships and families become in danger of being ruined.

Little known Oater from the end of the 50s, Man from God's Country is a standard B picture that never quite fulfils the promise of its themes. There's interesting threads within, though nothing that hasn't been dealt with better elsewhere in 50s Westerns. The railroad is the devil who patrols the edges of the frame, this causes no end of suspicion and treachery as "honest" Dan proves to be the catalyst for Sundown's secrets and lies to come tumbling out of the dust in a blaze of guns, fists and tears.

It's handled efficiently by TV director Landres, with Waggner's screenplay mature and not without merit. Cast are mostly run of the mill, though Montgomery (looking and sounding like a poor man's Charlton Heston) proves more than capable at being the macho cornerstone of this particular production, where just like Heston he could throw a believable punch. Filmed out of Iverson Ranch in Chatsworth, California, there's some nice exteriors photographed by Neumann, costuming and colour are very pleasing and at 72 minutes in length the film never has time to labour.

It's more about "potential" psychological characterisations than action, which is fine, all be it annoying since the characters just don't get fleshed out at all. What action there is is done in short sharp shock manner, and in truth the ending, which is never in doubt, is all too brief and not doing justice to the good versus bad thread that director and writer were striving hard to build upon. 6/10


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