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20 September 1957 (USA) See more »
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Ellen Beldon is due to be hanged in Texas for the murder of her husband but Jud Farrow, ranch foreman for her uncle... See more » | Add synopsis »
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It's A Hanging Day In Belden County Texas See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)

Rory Calhoun ... Gil McCord

Anne Francis ... Ellen Beldon

Vince Edwards ... Kell Beldon

John Litel ... Mace Beldon

Chuck Connors ... Judd Farrow

Robert Burton ... Nathan Conroy
Salvador Baguez ... Domingo Ortega

Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Elby Kirby

Regis Parton ... Cliff Beldon
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Beulah Archuletta ... Indian Squaw (uncredited)

Bart Braverman ... Pablo (uncredited)
Edgar Dearing ... Sheriff Jenner (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ... Haddon (uncredited)

Nolan Leary ... Judge Dwight Larson (uncredited)

Pierce Lyden ... Culdane - Sheriff of Beldon County (uncredited)

Kermit Maynard ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dan Riss ... Walt Bodie - Lawyer (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson ... Frank Cooper - Conroy Ranch Wrangler (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Townsman (uncredited)
William Tannen ... Deputy-Guard (uncredited)
Loren Wegeman ... Cliff Mason (uncredited)

Directed by
Ray Nazarro 
Writing credits
Buckley Angell (story)

Buckley Angell (screenplay) and
David Lang (screenplay)

Produced by
Rory Calhoun .... producer
Victor M. Orsatti .... producer
Original Music by
Albert Glasser 
Cinematography by
Harold J. Marzorati 
Film Editing by
Frank Santillo 
Art Direction by
William A. Horning 
Urie McCleary 
Set Decoration by
Henry Grace 
Hugh Hunt 
Makeup Department
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair stylist
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
George Rhein .... assistant director
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor
Special Effects by
Lee LeBlanc .... special effects
Regis Parton .... stunt double (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Michaels .... script supervisor

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63 min
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Sound Mix:
4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)
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It's A Hanging Day In Belden County Texas, 13 May 2010
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Anne Francis is about to hung for the murder of her husband, the son of the local Ponderosa owner John Litel. But her uncle sends Chuck Connors to rescue her and he does, taking her across the Texas state line to New Mexico territory where he, Robert Burton is the local Ponderosa owner. And due to Burton's influence, New Mexico will not honor extradition. What to do, but hire out for The Hired Gun.

In this case it's Rory Calhoun who gets hired for $5000.00 dollars to deliver Francis back to Texas for the sentence to be carried out. He's even deputized to make what is kidnapping have some trapping of legality.

Of course with their time on the trail Calhoun and Francis start getting acquainted. I don't think I have to go any further.

The Hired Gun was almost like watching two different films. A plot line where Francis is being given some unwanted attentions by her rescuer Connors is left dangling. Quite frankly I can't blame Connors for expecting some kind of manifestation of that gratitude. Then when Calhoun and Francis cross the state line, it's like a whole new movie started. I think some writing might have changed midpoint in the film or it was to be a whole bigger type of western when originally conceived.

With stuff like The Hired Gun which Calhoun also produced not being that well received, no wonder Rory Calhoun opted for a TV and he would star in his own television series, The Texan very shortly.

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