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The Hard Man (1957)

 -  Western  -  December 1957 (USA)
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A lawman becomes a deputy in a town where he suspects the friend he had to kill in self defense, was framed for murder.

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Steve Burden
Valerie French ...
Fern Martin
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Rice Martin
Barry Atwater ...
George Dennison
Robert Burton ...
Sheriff Hacker
Rudy Bond ...
John Rodman
Trevor Bardette ...
Mitch Willis
Renata Vanni ...
Juanita
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Steve Burden is a former lawman released for bringing in too many wanted men dead. The aging Sheriff of El Solito wants Steve for his Deputy and Steve takes the job knowing the last outlaw he killed was framed in El Solito. Looking for the man that framed him it appears that Rice Martin who controls El Solito is his man and Steve is quickly in trouble when Martin sends a man to kill him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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He's Got the Southwest...Over a Gun-Barrel!

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December 1957 (USA)  »

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Reif für den Galgen  »

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Columbia Pictures released this film on a double feature with The Long Haul (1957) with the tag line: "The Long Haul will DELIGHT You! The Hard Man Will EXCITE You!" See more »

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In two scenes, there are cart tracks on the ground from previous takes - when Larry brings his father's body to town and when Burden brings Kane back to town. See more »

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High Noon: the soap opera - but entertaining
31 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just the thing for a lazy Sunday afternoon - like all those TV westerns from 50s/60s which this reviewer found when perhaps more impressionable

  • when men were Men, spoke deep, dressed clean and drew sixguns easy


fast. The story/plot in detail is (surely ?) corny ridiculous soap - to this nonAmerican anyhow - but, once that is accepted, this film can entertain as a straight "shoot 'em, cowboy" with a hero in the Hollywood tradition of the (semi-official) vigilante from the Lone Ranger to the Dark Knight. Definitely competently acted and made q well enough, this film is a nice reminder of how the fun Western used to be. Canadian Lorne Green went on to greater fame; going by this movie, Madison and French were unlucky not to do same.


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