Hellfire (1949)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  29 May 1949 (USA)
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Zeb Smith is a gambler with a larcenous streak, but when an itinerant preacher takes a bullet meant for him, Zeb vows to fulfill the preacher's mission of building a church. Frustrated in ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Zeb Smith (as William Elliott)
Marshal Bucky McLean
Gyp Stoner
Brother Joseph
Dusty Stoner
Sheriff Martin
Emory Parnell ...
Sheriff Duffy
Esther Howard ...
Jody Gilbert ...
Full Moon
Louis Faust ...
Red Stoner (as Louis R. Faust)
Harry Woods ...
Lew Stoner
Dewey Robinson ...
Cheyenne Bartender


Zeb Smith is a gambler with a larcenous streak, but when an itinerant preacher takes a bullet meant for him, Zeb vows to fulfill the preacher's mission of building a church. Frustrated in his attempts to get donations, Zeb attempts to capture fugitive Doll Brown in order to obtain the reward. But he finds that there's more to Doll than meets the eye. When his old friend Bucky McLean shows up gunning for Doll, Zeb sees a chance to redeem them all... one way or another. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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29 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Kopfpreis 5000 Dollar  »

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Narrator: Man, with his misdeeds, kindles his own hellfire!
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Bringing in the Sheaves
Lyrics by Knowles Shaw
Music by George A. Minor
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If you like strong women this is a movie for you.
5 January 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You can't ask for more in a western than Wild Bill Elliott and Marie Windsor. Elliott was one of the manliest and most genuine western stars of the '40's, and no woman had more strong charactered parts in B westerns and film noirs than Marie Windsor.

This is a rousing movie about redemption and the hard road to reach it. Things don't come easy for the two stars, but they both just keep on a pluggin' away in true western style. What makes this movie more than just another formulaic oater is the fact that Doll Brown (Marie) is not your average swooning damsel in distress. One gets the feeling that the two stars had genuine affection for each other (notice that I said affection, not lust) and this shows through in the film.

Changes in the characters that take place during Hellfire seem like changes that would really happen if two people liked each other- it is not the usual surrender of one star (almost always the female lead) to the strength of the dominant one (almost always the male lead).

If you like Westerns (and here I mean not just Howard Hawkes or John Ford films and not just any weak programmer destined for a Saturday matinée second feature), you should enjoy this one.

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