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Marilee J. Layman

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09:53 pm: Bad Day at Black Rock
I hadn't seen this before and it was very tense. A retired WWII soldier with only one arm arrives on the train at Black Rock. First time the train has stopped in four years. He asks for Adobe Flats and everybody turns to something else. The hotel is empty, but say they have no bed for him. The Western Union guy takes the message, but doesn't send it. The telephone operator says the line is busy.

Our man is getting a little suspicious and finally rents a jeep from a young woman and goes out to Adobe Flats. There's an unmarked grave there, a burned-down house, and a functional well in the dry dry land. When he gets back to Black Rock, the primary evil guy lets him know he's going to be killed. He fights, one-handed, with another guy and wins.

He's asked why he's there, by friendly people, and tells them that a Japanese soldier fighting on our side saved his life in the war and died doing it. He was bringing the medal to the father. He finds out that the father was killed because he was Japanese and he had water, and then two people come to his side. They get him back in the jeep, the girl driving this time, and going to a city. They're ambushed and it turns out the girl was in on it. The sniper was her boyfriend, but he killed her anyway. Our man made a bottle rocket and threw it at him.

He took the sniper's car back, with the burned sniper and the body of the girl and Doc took the sniper to care for him. Soon, the train is coming again and our man is leaving. Doc talks him into leaving the medal, to make the town stay better.

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From:serge_lj
Date:July 9th, 2010 04:35 am (UTC)
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Great Stanley Kramer movie. Great cast.
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From:mjlayman
Date:July 9th, 2010 09:34 pm (UTC)
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Yes, and a great Andre Previn score.
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From:kip_w
Date:July 10th, 2010 05:08 am (UTC)
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I'm starting to go through many of my old tapes, and that's on one of them. I could stand to see it again (and listen to the score).
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