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Seven Ways from Sundown (1960)

Passed | | Western | 25 September 1960 (USA)
A Texas Ranger must capture an outlaw and take him-in, while tangling with savage Apaches and greedy bounty-hunters on the way back to jail.

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Cast

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Seven Jones
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Jim Flood
Venetia Stevenson ...
Joy Karrington
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Texas Ranger Sergeant Henessey
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Texas Ranger Lieutenant Herly
Mary Field ...
Mrs. Karrington
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Graves
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Lucinda
Ward Ramsey ...
Fogarty
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Duncan
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Beeker
Claudia Barrett ...
Gilda
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Jody
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Dick Durton
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Audie Murphy is again the kid who puts on a badge to catch the bad guy, skillfully played by Barry Sullivan. On the way back to town the two develop a curiously close relationship - Sullivan passes up several chances to get away - but in the end Sullivan "asks for it" and Murphy obliges. Written by Rita Richardson <RRichar790@aol.com>

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The powerhouse story of the man who shook Texas like a pair of dice...and the Ranger who had to stop him dead in his tracks ! See more »

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25 September 1960 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Les 7 chemins du couchant  »

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

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A month and half before production of Seven Ways from Sundown (1960) began, Audie Murphy separated from his wife. During filming the chemistry with co-star Venetia Stevenson lead to a well-publicized affair that lasted nearly a year. They had established a bond through their shared love of horses. See more »

Goofs

Big Lake is said, in the saloon scene, to be north of Sterling, Texas. In fact, it is southwest of Sterling. See more »

Quotes

Jim Flood: You know, you'd make a fair to middling bad man if you ever gave yourself half a chance.
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Referenced in The Rockford Files: Dwarf in a Helium Hat (1978) See more »

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Facing Justice
18 February 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Audie Murphy is a rookie Texas Ranger assigned by Ranger Lieutenant Ken Tobey to accompany John McIntire to track down and apprehend noted badman Barry Sullivan. McIntire is killed, but Murphy takes him and they have one interesting journey back.

The film is kind of The Comancheros in reverse with a younger Texas Ranger bringing back an older outlaw. Like Stuart Whiteman with John Wayne, Sullivan is full of tricks and charm, but Murphy is up to it.

The whole film like The Comancheros depends on the chemistry between Murphy and Sullivan and they do it have it. It makes watching Seven Ways from Sundown good fun and you don't think about some glaring plot holes and some rather specious character motivation for the main and supporting characters.

The title comes from the fact Murphy's dad numbered rather than named his children. And Murphy's mom embellished the numbers with some additions, One for the money, Two for the show, etc.

Hey it could happen. I was in Fort Polk, Louisiana back in 1971 with a guy named John Twenty Five in basic training. Having seen this film in the theater way back when it was always on my mind during that rather grueling period of my life with Mr. Twenty Five.


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