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Hellfire (1949)

 -  Drama | 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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Bill Elliott ...
Zeb Smith (as William Elliott)
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Mary Carson / Doll Brown
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Marshal Bucky McLean
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Gyp Stoner
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Brother Joseph
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Dusty Stoner
Grant Withers ...
Sheriff Martin
Emory Parnell ...
Sheriff Duffy
Esther Howard ...
Birdie
Jody Gilbert ...
Full Moon
Louis Faust ...
Red Stoner (as Louis R. Faust)
Harry Woods ...
Lew Stoner
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Rex
Trevor Bardette ...
Wilson
Dewey Robinson ...
Cheyenne Bartender
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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 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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[first lines]
Narrator: Man, with his misdeeds, kindles his own hellfire!
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Bringing in the Sheaves
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Lyrics by Knowles Shaw
Music by George A. Minor
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The Good,The Unusual, and The Unexpected
30 September 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The writers and producers of "Hellfire" seem to have wanted to throw away the formulas and cliché's usually found in Westerns. They put an emphasis on character development to bring us vivid characters, performed very well by superior b-movie actors.

This movie marked the beginning of my long-time infatuation with Marie Windsor. View it and your own Marie love affair will begin. She brings us a rare combination of strength and beauty and her performance is to be admired by both men and women. About 15 years before Jane Fonda saddled up, Marie gives us a precursor to Fonda's "Cat Ballou" but in a more serious acting style with less emphasis on comedy.

Bill Elliott underplays as usual but his role calls for it, and this is probably his best film performance. His performance beautifully compliments the dynamic Windsor. Yes, Elliott is known for underplaying- but underplaying is not always a bad thing. Elliott proves that here.

Elliott, Windsor and a restrained Forrest Tucker form a remarkably effective 3-way acting ensemble that is fascinating to watch, as aided by some great screen writing.

In the 1940's or today you don't always need big names or budget to make a successful film. Just watch "Hellfire" straight through and let the characters and unusual plot twists grab your attention. You will be entertained.

The color filming is good and all the supporting actors are first-rate. Look for the great Harry Woods in a small part- I wish he could have had a bigger role because every performance by Woods is essentially a screen acting clinic.


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