In Broad Daylight (1991 film)

In Broad Daylight is a 1991 American made-for-television thriller drama film about the life of Ken McElroy, the town bully of Skidmore, Missouri who became known for his unsolved murder.[1] McElroy was fictionalized as the character Len Rowan, portrayed by Brian Dennehy.[2] The film is based on Harry N. MacLean's nonfiction book of the same name.[3]

In Broad Daylight
Based onIn Broad Daylight
by Harry N. MacLean
Screenplay byWilliam Hanley
Directed byJames Steven Sadwith
StarringBrian Dennehy
Theme music composerPatrick Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersJohn F. Roach
Freyda Rothstein
ProducersMichael Biber
Jeffrey C. Hogue
Ricka Kanter Fisher (co-producer) (as Ricka Fisher)
William Hanley (co-producer)
Production locationsElgin, Texas
Bastrop, Texas
CinematographyRobert Draper
EditorScott Vickey
Running time90 minutes
Production companyForce Ten Productions
DistributorNew World Television
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseFebruary 3, 1991 (1991-02-03)


Based on the true events in Skidmore, Missouri in 1981, the film centers around the town dealing with violent bully Len Rowan (Brian Dennehy). After a confrontation at a local grocery, Rowan begins stalking the owner Ruth Westerman (Cloris Leachman) and her husband Wes. The harassment culminates with Rowan shooting Wes and claiming self defense while standing trial. Through a series of legal maneuvers, Rowan prolongs his freedom for over a year, all the while continuing to harass anyone in the town who he feels is a threat including police. After Rowan violates the orders of his appeal, the town decides to meet and figure out how to deal with Rowan.


Home mediaEdit

The film has not been officially released on home video in any format in the United States.[4]


  1. ^ Jones, Tim (2 March 2006). "Many remember, few mourn, and no one blabs". Chicago Tribune. Archived from the original on 13 September 2017. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John J. (1 February 1991). "TV Weekend; An Independent Spirit on the Prairie". The New York Times. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  3. ^ Loynd, Ray (2 February 1991). "TV REVIEWS : Town Bully at Large in 'Broad Daylight'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 12 September 2017.
  4. ^ Inman, David (28 February 2007). "TV Q&A: Rubbed-out ruffian was Brian Dennehy". Quad-City Times. Retrieved 12 September 2017.

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