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Showdown at Boot Hill (1958)

Approved | | Western | 1 May 1958 (USA)
A deputy marshal kills a murderer in a town that loved him, and when no one is willing to identify him, he can't collect any reward.

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Luke Welsh
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Sloane
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Doc Weber
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Jill Crane
Fintan Meyler ...
Sally Crane
Paul Maxey ...
Judge Wallen
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Con Maynor (as Thomas B. Henry)
William Stevens ...
Corky
Martin Smith ...
Tex
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Charles Maynor
Mike Mason ...
Les Patton (as Michael Mason)
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Mrs. Bonaventura
Ed Wright ...
Brent
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Bounty hunter Luke Welsh arrives looking for a wanted man. When that man draws on him he has to kill him. To collect his reward he needs a statement identifying him. But the man was well liked in town and no one will sign such a statement. When he outdraws another man who thought he was faster, some townsmen decide he should be killed and they organize a mob to go after him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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In Sept. 1958, 20th Century Fox distributed this film on a double bill with Harry Black and the Tiger (1958) starring Stewart Granger and Barbara Rush. See more »

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Decent Bronson debut that eventually bogs down
1 August 2003 | by (U.S.) – See all my reviews

Supposedly Charles Bronson's first starring role, this involves him playing a bounty hunter named Luke Welsh who has a warrant for a man named Con Maynor (Thomas Brown Henry). Maynor had killed two other men in another town so now he has to answer for that. Welsh meets up with Maynor in the local dining hall/saloon and out draws and kills him. It was all fair and square since Maynor drew first, and Bronson is later exonerated at a local hearing.

The only problem is that the town is not co-operating when Welsh tries to collect proof of Maynor's death in order to collect his bounty. It's seems Maynor was very popular in this town and the people resent Welch for what he did. They take pot-shots at him in the dark while the sheriff stands by and does nothing. See, the sheriff liked Maynor, too.

But Welsh won't leave until he collects that $200 bounty and in order to do that, he has to find out why this town is enamored with Con Maynor. It's later revealed that Maynor stole and killed in other communities and then did good things for this town with a lot of his stolen wealth. A kind of twisted 'Robin Hood' would be the best way to describe it. In other words, Welch is dealing with a corrupt, sleazy town that's in deep denial about Maynor and it's own past.

This oater starts off well, but then it engages in histrionics and psychological emotionalism, especially when Welch tries to 'find himself' while he falling in love with a local woman named Sally (Carole Mathews). It gets to be a bit much as we see the Bronson character do a lot of unnecessary hand-wringing while getting away from all the local action at hand.

At 73 minutes, it could have been cut to an hour which would have made the story tighter and not meander off into unnecessary directions. Besides, not much else happens at Boot Hill other than Maynor getting buried there.

With John Carradine as the barber-undertaker and Robert Hutton as the town foil.

5 out of 10


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