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The Deadly Companions (1961)

Approved | | Western | 1961 (UK)
An ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son and tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.

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(screenplay) (as A.S. Fleischman), (novel) (as A.S. Fleischman)
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Kit Tildon
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Yellowleg
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Billy Keplinger
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Turk
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Parson
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Doctor Acton
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Cal, General Store (as Jim O'Hara)
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Mayor of Hila City
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Mead Tildon Jr.
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The Civil War Yankee sergeant Yellowleg saves the cheater Turkey from hanging after a card game, and together with Turk's gunslinger buddy Billy Keplinger, they ride together to Gila City with the intention of heisting a bank. Yellowleg has a scar on the head from a man that tried to scalp him and he has been on the trail of his attacker for five years. When other bandits rob a store, Yellowleg shoots at the outlaws and accidentally kills the son of the cabaret dancer Kit Tilden and the grieving woman decides to bury her son in the town of Siringo in Apache country where her husband is buried. Yellowleg Enlists Billy and Turkey to escort Kitty and the coffin through the dangerous land. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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An Unholy Alliance

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Western

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Trigger Happy  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Pathé-Color)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The producers found it very difficult to get financial backing for the picture due to the subject matter, e.g. carrying a dead child in a coffin throughout the film. They refused to change the story. Based on the success of the novel, Yellowleg, on which the film is based, Pathe America was persuaded to co-finance the film along with the Theater Owners of America. See more »

Goofs

When the posse takes Turk captive, they put him on a horse with a rifle in the boot and with his hands cuffed in front of himself. See more »

Quotes

Yellowleg: You don't know me well enough to hate me that much. Hating is a subject I know a little something about. You got to be careful it don't bite you back. I know somebody who spent five years looking for a man he hated. Hating and wanting revenge was all that kept him alive. He spent all those years tracking that other man down, and when he caught up with him, it was the worst day of his life. He'd get his revenge all right, but then he'd lose the one thing he had to live for.
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Soundtracks

When Johnny Comes Marching Home
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Music traditional
Lyrics by Patrick Gilmore aka Louis Lambert
Sung by Turk in the bar and at the end
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An interesting, small western.
30 April 2002 | by (Cincinnati, OH) – See all my reviews

This is a small scale western, but with some skillful acting and directing that make it seem a tad better than one might expect. Keith is a wandering ex-Union soldier who comes across a grizzled old outlaw whose being hanged for cheating at cards. He, for unknown reasons, saves the man (played with effective nastiness by Wills) and commandeers him and his pal Cochran to a town where a bank is ripe for robbing. There, the trio runs into O'Hara and her harmonica-playing young son. Circumstances lead to Keith offering to help O'Hara cross hostile Apache territory to visit the grave of her husband. Along the way, his motives for saving Wills are exposed, along with some of his insecurities (such as why he won't remove his hat.) O'Hara (who also sings the opening song) and Keith have undeniable chemistry (shown to greater effect in their simultaneous pairing "The Parent Trap", but still on display here, albeit in a more somber way.) It takes a while before the characters are really cared about, but once they are, the story takes on greater meaning. Cochran (displaying a still fit figure at 44) is appropriately slimy. Debits would include the rather small amount of "savage, terrifying Indians" (they are creepy and a little threatening, but there isn't quite enough menace to make them as threatening as one might like) a few continuity gaffes in the editing and the deadly, intrusive, lame, often inappropriate musical score. The music in this film detracts from the visuals and actually serves to cheapen the film. It sounds like someone told Porter Wagoner to pretend he was Phantom of the Prairie and play funereal organ music with the occasional hint of "gee-tar". Awful. One sequence, in particular, stands out. O'Hara stands guard in a cavern lit by a hole in the top of it and is gradually descended upon by an attacker. The charm of the stars takes this a long way, but be warned...there aren't many smiles in this one.


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