André De Toth’s (Crime Wave, House of Wax) Day of the Outlaw is a beautifully shot western, taking place in the winter in a small high country town. A group of outlaws, led by a former captain, Jack Bruhn (Burl Ives), enter the place, interrupting a showdown between main lead Blaise Starrel (Robert Ryan) and his previous fiancee’s new husband. The tension is set, in other words. Bruhn’s gang are a bunch of unpleasant, horny, and violent thugs, and when he orders them not to drink or have fun with the women, they get desperate and use any opportunity they can to fight or kill.
This stylish western is high on tension and great characters. Recommended!
7 out of 10