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Hellfire (1949)

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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 <>

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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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Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me
Written by Billy Reeves and Frank Campbell
Arranged by Sol Meyer
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A truly great B movie
30 July 1999 | by (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

The review by Filmaven tickled me. I feared I was alone in believing this movie is one of the greats.

Marie Windsor, a fine actress in any role, just outdid herself in this film.

Bill Elliott was even better than usual, and so were all the other actors.

Best of all, though, was an excellent script, one definitely worthy of A movie budgeting and distributing.

There is a quality in this movie that is sadly lacking in most modern films, and the emphasis on a story line is one aspect that elevates "Hellfire" above the mass of films.

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