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-> ''"Four years ago, something terrible happened here."''

A classic 1955 film starring Creator/SpencerTracy, Robert Ryan, Walter Brennan, Creator/ErnestBorgnine, and Creator/LeeMarvin.

From the time one-armed veteran John J. Macreedy steps off the train in Black Rock, he feels a chill from the local residents. The town is only a speck on the map and few if any strangers ever come to the place. Macreedy himself is tight-lipped about the purpose of his trip and he finds that the hotel refuses him a room, the local garage refuses to rent him a car and the sheriff is a useless drunkard. It's apparent that the locals have something to hide but when he finally tells them that he is there to speak to a Japanese-American farmer named Komoko, he touches a nerve so sensitive that he will spend the next 24 hours fighting for his life.

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!!''Bad Day at Black Rock'' contains examples of:

* TheAlcoholic: TheSheriff
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:Liz Wirth's death]]
* ArmorPiercingQuestion: "What happened to Komoko?"
* CarChase
* CitySlicker: Macreedy has shades of this, though [[{{Subverted}} he's too smart for them]].
* CoolTrain: The Southern Pacific "Black Widow" F7's during the opening sequence.
* CorruptHick: Reno Smith
* CurbStompBattle: Spencer Tracy delivers an epic beatdown to a thug played by Ernest Borgnine.
* DinerBrawl: Macreedy wipes the floor with Ernest Borgnine despite having only one usable arm.
* TheDrifter: Macready actually has a specific reason for coming to Black Rock, but once he is there, everything plays out typically for this trope.
* ExtremelyShortTimespan: Bad '''[[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Day]]''' at Black Rock
* FauxAffablyEvil: Reno is nice to Macreedy in the beginning.
* FrontierDoctor: Doc Velie
* GoldFever: The FrontierDoctor tells a story about the prospectors 'round these parts in the old days.
* HandicappedBadass: John J. Macreedy
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Pete Wirth, along with a few others]].
* ImprovisedWeapon: The fire hose and the MolotovCocktail
* MolotovCocktail: Macreedy makes one during the final fight, using his tie as the fuse.
* NewOldWest
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Pete the clerk at the hotel tries to tell Macreedy that because of the government compliance and the rooms being held for out-of-town cowboys, he can't rent him a room even though the hotel has plenty of vacancies. Macreedy's having none of that.
* PrivateDetective: Nick Gandi
* PoliceAreUseless
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: Smith is notoriously racist toward Japanese in general, so it is no surprise that [[spoiler:he was the one behind Komoko's murder]].
-->'''Smith:''' Loyal Japanese-Americans, that's a laugh. They're all mad dogs. What about Corregidor, the death march?
-->'''Macreedy:''' What did Komoko have to do with Corregidor?
-->'''Smith:''' He was a Jap, wasn't he?
* RetiredBadass: Macreedy
* RevengeByProxy: This was part of Smith's motive for [[spoiler:murdering Komoko]], which was motivated by his racism toward Japanese in general. The ''other'' part was [[spoiler:Smith's jealousy toward Komoko for making the farmland he sold the man prosper by digging a sixty-foot well]].
* RewardedAsATraitorDeserves: [[spoiler:Liz Wirth]] helps Macreedy escape from town in her jeep, only to drive him straight into an ambush set by Reno Smith. Smith then shoots her in the back as part of his plan to [[HeKnowsTooMuch silence his old accomplices.]]
* TheSheriff
* StealthInsult: When he gets to the hotel, one of the cowboys says "You look like you need a [[{{Pun}} hand]]." It's not lost on Macreedy.
* TwentyMinutesIntoThePast: For the time it was made, yes.
* TownWithADarkSecret: One of the {{Trope Codifier}}s.
* {{Undertaker}}: Doc Velie. Since he's one of the few townspeople to side with Macreedy, he's a rare instance of a heroic Western undertaker.
* UnspokenPlanGuarantee
* VehicularSabotage: Hector rips the distributor cap and spark plug wires out of Velie's hearse to stop Macreedy leaving town.
* {{Western}}
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