Bad Day at Black Rock Overview:

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) was a Drama - Mystery Film directed by John Sturges and produced by Dore Schary and Herman Hoffman.

Academy Awards 1955 --- Ceremony Number 28 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best ActorSpencer TracyNominated
Best DirectorJohn SturgesNominated
Best WritingMillard KaufmanNominated
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Hidden Classics Blogathon – Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

By Carol Martinheira on May 18, 2021 From The Old Hollywood Garden

Hidden Classics Blogathon – Bad Day at Black Rock (1955) On May 18, 2021May 18, 2021 By CarolIn Uncategorized The Spring Blogathon at the Classic Movie Blog Association is here and this year, our lovely hosts decided to go with Hidden Classics ? movies not ev... Read full article


Bad Day at Black Rock (1955): Spencer Tracy and Small-Town Bigotry

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 10, 2019 From 4 Star Films

In its theatrical cut, Bad Day at Black Rock opens furiously, charging forward with the momentum of a freight train as the credits roll and Andre Previn’s score thrashes in the film’s most manic moment. From thenceforward, its greatest strength is restraint. The whole town cowers around ... Read full article


Warner Archive Blu-ray: Spencer Tracy Fights a Whole Town in Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

By KC on Feb 15, 2017 From Classic Movies

Bad Day at Black Rock opens with a startling long shot of a train shooting through the desert like an angry centipede. There is a feeling of recklessness to the image, as if the hurtling Streamliner could go off the rails from the aggression of its momentum. From that first jarring moment, there is ... Read full article


New on Blu Ray: Bad Day at Black Rock

By Amanda Garrett on Jan 27, 2017 From Old Hollywood Films

Today, I'm reviewing Warner Archive's new Blu ray release of Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), starring Spencer Tracy. Here's what you need to know about Bad Day at Black Rock (1955), which was just released on Blu ray by the good folks at Warner Archive. The Director: John Sturges. The... Read full article


Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

By Beatrice on Feb 12, 2016 From Flickers in Time

Bad Day at Black Rock Directed by John Sturges Written by Millard Kaufman and Don McGuire based on a story by Howard Breslin 1955/USA Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Repeat viewing/Netflix rental #287 of 1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die Reno Smith: He was a Jap, wasn’t he? This is an excellen... Read full article


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Quotes from

John J. MacReedy: You killed Komoko, Smith, and sooner or later, you're gonna go up for it. Not because you killed him, but because of thinking in a town like this you could get away with it.


John J. Macreedy: I got a problem of my own.
Doc T.R. Velie Jr.: You sure have, they're going to kill you with no hard feelings.
John J. Macreedy: And you're going to sit there and let 'em do it.
Doc T.R. Velie Jr.: Don't get waspish with me, mister.
John J. Macreedy: Oh, I'm sorry, I, uh...
Doc T.R. Velie Jr.: Yeah, well, I feel for you, but I'm consumed with apathy. Why should I mix in?


Pete Wirth: Let's wait and see. There's no danger yet.
Reno Smith: No danger yet? This guy is like a carrier of smallpox! Since he arrived, this town has a fever... an infection. And it's spreading!


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Facts about

'Don Siegel (I)' called 'Bad Day at Black Rock' the best screenplay he had ever read (to that point) and lobbied unsuccessfully to direct it.
In the original short story, MacReedy brandishes a Beretta and brags of his prowess with it, but in the movie, he uses judo - an idea meant to suggest that MacReedy is Japanese-American.
Average Shot Length (ASL) = 10 seconds
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