Decision at Sundown (1957)


Decision at Sundown (1957)

Bart Allison arrives in Sundown planning to kill Tate Kimbrough. Three years earlier he believed Kimbrough was responsible for the death of his wife. He finds Kimbrough and warns him he is going to kill him but gets pinned down in the livery stable with his friend Sam by Kimbrough's stooge Sheriff and his men. When Sam is shot in the back after being told he could leave safely, some of the townsmen change sides and disarm the Sheriff's men forcing him to face Allison alone. Taking care of the Sheriff, Allison injures his gun hand and must now face Kimbrough left-handed.
IMDb  6.8 /10
Director Budd Boetticher
Writer Charles Lang
Writer Vernon L. Fluharty
Release Date1957-11-10
Runtime1h 17mins
Content RatingApproved (Approved)
CompanyProducers-Actors Corporation, Scott-Brown Productions
Randolph Scott
Randolph Scott
Bart Allison
John Carroll
John Carroll
Tate Kimbrough
Lucy Summerton
Noah Beery Jr.
Noah Beery Jr.
Sam (as Noah Beery)
Dr. John Storrow
Sheriff Swede Hansen
John Litel
John Litel
Charles Summerton
Morley Chase
Reverend Zaron
H.M. Wynant
H.M. Wynant

Decision at Sundown

Decision at Sundown is a 1957 American Western film directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Randolph Scott. It is one of seven Boetticher/Scott western collaborations, including Seven Men from Now, The Tall T, Buchanan Rides Alone, Westbound, Ride Lonesome and Comanche Station.

Boetticher said this film and Westbound were the only mediocre films he made as part of the Ranown cycle.


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Bart Allison (Randolph Scott) rides into a sleepy town named Sundown with the intention of killing local boss Tate Kimbrough (John Carroll) by sundown.

Some years earlier, Kimbrough had an affair with Allison’s wife, who later committed suicide. Tensions build as sundown approaches, not just between Allison and Kimbrough, but among the townspeople as well.


  • Randolph Scott as Bart Allison
  • John Carroll as Tate Kimbrough
  • Karen Steele as Lucy Summerton
  • Valerie French as Ruby James
  • Noah Beery Jr. as Sam
  • John Archer as Dr. John Storrow
  • Andrew Duggan as Sheriff Swede Hansen
  • James Westerfield as Otis, the bartender
  • John Litel as Charles Summerton
  • Ray Teal as Morley Chase
  • Vaughn Taylor as Mr. Baldwin, the barber
  • Richard Deacon as Reverend Zaron
  • H. M. Wynant as Deputy Spanish

DVD release

In 2008 a DVD box set of five Budd Boetticher films starring Randolph Scott was released. Along with Decision at Sundown the set includes Buchanan Rides Alone, Comanche Station, Ride Lonesome, and The Tall T.