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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]].
* 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}}
* UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: The film takes place in 1945, right after the war's end, and the secret Macreedy uncovers involves an incident that happened after the Pearl Harbor attack.