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Rough Night in Jericho (film)

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Rough Night in Jericho
Original theatrical poster
Directed byArnold Laven
Screenplay bySydney Boehm
Marvin H. Albert
Based onThe Man in Black
1965 novel
by Marvin H. Albert
Produced byMartin Rackin
StarringDean Martin
George Peppard
Jean Simmons
CinematographyRussell Metty
Edited byTed J. Kent
Music byDon Costa
Martin Rackin Productions
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • August 1, 1967 (1967-08-01)
Running time
104 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,750,000 (US/ Canada)[1]

Rough Night in Jericho is a 1967 American Western film in Techniscope, directed by Arnold Laven and starring Dean Martin, George Peppard and Jean Simmons. The picture was based on the novel The Man in Black, written in 1965 by Marvin H. Albert, who also co-wrote the screenplay. The supporting cast includes John McIntire and Slim Pickens. Rough Night in Jericho is the only film in which Dean Martin portrayed the villain.


A stagecoach bound for the town of Jericho is ambushed by Alex Flood, a lawman gone bad. Sharpshooting from a safe distance, Flood wounds the coach's driver, Ben Hickman, who is brought to town by the only passenger, a gambler named Dolan.

Hickman is a former Santa Fe lawman and Dolan was once his deputy. They now are partners in the stage line with Molly Lang, whom they have come to Jericho to meet. She was once Flood's lover when he came to Jericho to restore law and order, but now she hates the man who has seized power in the town.

Flood forms a lynch mob that hangs a man who dared confront one of his gang, then dynamites the home of general store owner Ryan, another townsman who tried to organize a secret meeting. While the wounded Hickman recovers from the gunshot, Dolan takes a liking to Molly and decides to help her when Flood's men try to take over her stagecoach line. He gets into a violent fight with Yarbrough, one of Flood's men.

Dolan begins to create havoc in Flood's empire, stealing his cattle and causing explosions at Flood's ranch house, mill and gold mine. He is assisted by Hickman, Molly, Ryan and by Jace, the town's former deputy. Flood returns to Jericho seeking revenge. He shoots Hickman in the back, killing him. Dolan sets out after Flood for a final showdown in the hills. After Flood shoots Dolan in the arm, Dolan manages to throw his knife at Flood and kill him.



Parts of the film were shot in Glen Canyon, Kanab Canyon, Paria and the Gap in Utah.[2]


  1. ^ "Big Rental Films of 1967", Variety, 3 January 1968 p 25. Please note these figures refer to rentals accruing to the distributors.
  2. ^ D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
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