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Hellfire (1949)

Approved | | Western | 29 May 1949 (USA)
A reformed gambler turned preacher, partners with a pretty, female fugitive outlaw, runs into an old pal who's also a marshal and they both fall for the same bad gal.

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Zeb Smith (as William Elliott)
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Mary Carson / Doll Brown
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Brother Joseph
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Sheriff Martin
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Sheriff Duffy
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Birdie
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Full Moon
Louis Faust ...
Red Stoner (as Louis R. Faust)
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Lew Stoner
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Rex
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Wilson
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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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Some men live by making rules ... some women live by breaking 'em !

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Kopfpreis 5000 Dollar  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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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Soundtracks

Shoo Fly, Don't Bother Me
Written by Billy Reeves and Frank Campbell
Arranged by Sol Meyer
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Hellfire is the first of the Republic westerns featuring a Jim Davis that I'm reviewing on IMDb
18 June 2012 | by See all my reviews

In continuing to review previous movies or TV appearances of the cast of the original "Dallas" in chronological order, I'm now at 1949 with one of the earliest of the Republic B-movies that featured Jim Davis before his iconic role as Jock Ewing on that classic primetime soap. Here he plays one of the Stoner brothers-IMDb lists him as Gyp but I don't remember his first name ever mentioned-who's looking for a woman named Doll Brown-real name Mary Carson who also goes by Julie Gaye-who killed someone close to him. Marie Windsor plays this anti-heroine who had a rough life and is trying to find her younger sister hoping she's living a better life than her. She gets in with a Zeb Smith (William Elliott) who's a crooked gambler trying to reform himself after promising a dying preacher (H.B. Warner) to build a church for him. Brown is friends with a Marshal Bucky McLean (Forrest Tucker) who's looking for this Ms. Brown himself for personal reasons. I'll just say that this was quite a compelling western drama that's both a little action packed and touching when certain emotional changes are made. And there's also some nice singing by Ms. Windsor in the middle. So on that note, I highly recommend Hellfire.


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