Great Day in the Morning is a 1956 Western film that is coming to Blu-ray thanks to Warner Bros. It follows a rebel drifter named Owen Pentecost, who’s found his way up to Denver and won himself a hotel in a game of cards. Tensions are rising between north and south with talks of an impending war, causing Pentecost to be at odds with some of those around him.
With a hotel/saloon now in his name, Pentecost finds himself also in ownership of several mining claims. So he sets the town to working, giving out the shares to locals with the promise that they get to keep half of their findings. However, greed and desperation are ugly, and Pentecost finds himself shooting a man in self defense, and then bringing up that man’s orphaned boy as his own.
Great Day in the Morning is a really fun time machine of a movie. It features many of the great Western tropes but doesn’t feel too derived, it fits in a sweet spot that will satisfy the good old West itch that you may have, without being the same old song and dance. Sure, there are some scenes that haven’t aged too well (the old cowboys and Indians shootoffs, multiple women falling for one man who doesn’t give them any good reason, and guns flying out of holdsters at the slightest provocation), but overall this film was super fun to watch.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time with this film, the acting was quite good (although it does very much feel like a 50’s Western film), and the plot wasn’t very predictable and was more than entertaining. I am very thankful that Warner Bros. is continuing to restore and release old classics like this, as it gives people just like me the opportunity to explore more than just the mainstream.
It still surprises me how good restorations of older films like these can look in HD. You will of course notice the film grain, and there are several scenes where the focus is still quite blurry, but overall, this film looks very good on the format. I’ll also note that Great Day in the Morning has a very bright and vibrant color palette, which just sings on the screen.
The audio track is a 2 channel Master Audio track that sounds just fine. I had no issues with audio at all, and had a great time listening.
This Blu-ray release comes with four bonus shorts from Jacques Tourneur: The Ship That Died, Strange Glory, The Face Behind the Mask, and The Magic Alphabet. These were entertaining and well worth the watch.
Our Recommendation for Great Day in the Morning:
Great Day in the Morning is a very enjoyable Western film that scratches that itch without feeling rote. I definitely recommend this release as the visuals are fantastic and the movie is a fun one that most have not seen or heard of.