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Hell Bent for Leather (1960)

Approved | | Western | 1 February 1960 (USA)
Mistaken for a murderous outlaw, an innocent passerby is forced to go on the run to try and clear his name by catching the real culprit.

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Deckett
Robert Middleton ...
Ambrose
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Moon (as Rad Fulton)
Jan Merlin ...
Travers
Herbert Rudley ...
Perrick
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Gamble
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Kelsey
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Old Ben
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William
Steve Gravers ...
Grover
Beau Gentry ...
Stone
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When Clay Santell stops in the town of Sutterville after having his horse stolen, he is mistaken by townspeople for a murderer named Travers. The townspeople capture Santell, and turn him over to lawman Harry Deckett. Deckett, who is tired of chasing the real Travers, decides to kill Santell and pass him off as Travers. Santell escapes from Deckett, taking lovely Janet Gifford hostage in the process. Janet comes to believe Santell's story, and helps him in his struggle to prove his real identity. Written by Michelle Sturges

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Target For Terror!

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1 February 1960 (USA)  »

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Hell Bent for Paradise  »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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A distinctive shotgun
11 November 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In Hell Bent For Leather Audie Murphy has the misfortune of running into Jan Merlin on the trail who robs him of his horse. Merlin is a man on the run and known to carry a distinctive shotgun as his weapon of choice. Murphy wounds Merlin fleeing and Merlin drops said shotgun with some fancy carving on the stock.

Which is enough to give the townspeople the idea he's Merlin. That's further reinforced by Stephen McNally who represents the law on Merlin's trail.

But McNally is tired of chasing Merlin. Since he is the only one who really knows Merlin and he's tired of chasing him, McNally is willing to take credit using Murphy, preferably dead and get credit for stopping the outlaw killer.

Hell Bent For Leather is a lot like another classic western where McNally is the pursued instead of the pursuer Winchester 73. This film is tightly edited and the tale well told, not a minute of footage is wasted. Note also good performances from Felicia Farr as the woman who by circumstance becomes Murphy's hostage and then ally. And another from Robert Middleton as an old outlaw, not the most noble of characters but one with his own ethics.

This one is a must for Audie Murphy's fans.


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