Bad Day at Black Rock (1954) – Film in the Dawn of the Television Age

Films in the Dawn of the Television Age: Films From the Fifties
Tuesday, February 5, 2013, 6:30 pm

Bad Day at Black Rock
From the time John J. Macreedy steps off the train in Black Rock, he feels a chill from the local residents. Macreedy himself is tight lipped about the purpose of his trip and finds that he is refused a hotel room, a car to rent and the sheriff is a hopeless drunkard. Things get even worse when he tells the locals he is there to speak to a Japanese-American farmer named Kamoko and he spends the next 24 hours fighting for his life. Directed by John Sturges and starring Spencer Tracy and Robert Ryan. One hour, 21 minutes. Film and discussion hosted by Film Historian Dr. Robert Knoll.