Great Day in the Morning
Directed byJacques Tourneur
Screenplay byLesser Samuels
Based onGreat Day in the Morning
1950 novel
by Robert Hardy Andrews
Produced byEdmund Grainger
StarringVirginia Mayo
Robert Stack
Ruth Roman
CinematographyWilliam E. Snyder
Edited byHarry Marker
Music byLeith Stevens
Edmund Grainger Productions, Inc.
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • May 16, 1956 (1956-05-16) (Premiere-Denver, CO)[1]
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States

Great Day in the Morning is a Technicolor Superscope 1956 film.[2][3] It was directed by Jacques Tourneur and stars Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, and Ruth Roman in a story set in 1860s Denver.


In the year 1861, just prior to the outbreak of the Civil War in the Colorado Territory, Owen Pentecost (Robert Stack) is a man from North Carolina who comes west to Denver on a whim. He encounters Ann Merry Alaine (Virginia Mayo), who is going there to open a dress shop.

In a Denver hotel saloon, Owen wins a poker game with the owner, Jumbo Means (Raymond Burr), who bet his estate on the last hand. Along with the hotel comes Boston Grant (Ruth Roman), who works there.

Both women begin to fall for Owen. He has money on his mind, specifically the gold of the town's Confederates, which turns out to be what brought him here. But the predominantly Union town wants the gold, and with the Civil War approaching, the town is split. Owen leads the Southerners in an escape attempt with the gold.


See also


  1. ^ "Great Day in the Morning: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved June 2, 2014.
  2. ^ Variety film review; May 16, 1956, page 18.
  3. ^ Harrison's Reports film review; May 19, 1956, page 80.