Dawn at Socorro

Dawn at Socorro is a 1954 American Technicolor Western film directed by George Sherman and starring Rory Calhoun, Piper Laurie, David Brian, Kathleen Hughes and Alex Nicol. The film is set mostly in Lordsburg, New Mexico, and the spoken introduction says the story is based on an actual shootout in the town in 1871. But no such incident happened there. The plot is actually a thinly veiled fictionalization of the famous 1881 shootout near the OK Corral in Tombstone, Arizona, which pitted the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday against the Clanton Gang.

Dawn at Socorro
Directed byGeorge Sherman
Produced byWilliam Alland
Written byGeorge Zuckerman
StarringRory Calhoun
Piper Laurie
David Brian
Kathleen Hughes
Alex Nicol
CinematographyCarl E. Guthrie
Edited byEdward Curtiss
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 27, 1954 (1954-08-27) (New York City)
  • September 1, 1954 (1954-09-01) (Los Angeles)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


A retired gunfighter (Rory Calhoun) and a saloonkeeper (David Brian) play cards, with the saloon and a dance-hall girl (Piper Laurie) at stake.


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