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The Deadly Companions (1961)

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

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Cast

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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)
Peter O'Crotty ...
Mayor of Hila City
Billy Vaughan ...
Mead Tildon Jr.
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Storyline

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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Also Known As:

Trigger Happy  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Star Maureen O' Hara, her brother, producer Charles Fitzsimons and writer A. S. Fleischman formed Carousel Productions in order to get the film made. Director Sam Peckinpah was hired for $15, 000, star Brian Keith was paid $30, 000; the entire picture was done for $300, 000. 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

Kit Tilden: It's strange - I feel I know better than any man I've ever known, yet I hardly know you at all.
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Connections

Referenced in Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession (2004) See more »

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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Bang the drum slowly
16 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

Produced by Maureen O'Hara's brother,in order to recharge his sister's career,Sam Peckinpah did not like this film.O' Hara sings on the cast and credits and at the end of the movie.It's strange to see this par excellence Fordian heroine on Peckinpah's territory.

But you do not have to be a Peckinpah fan to enjoy this crepuscular western (Peckinpah is not my cup of tea as far as western are concerned;give me Ford,Daves,Walsh,Mann instead).If there had been problems between the director and his star,the movie did not suffer for it.

It is a good western but be warned: it's a gloomy one.The story begins with the death of a dancehall girl's child ("He was all I loved in this world" she would say later).THe movie looks like a long funeral ;it's a long way to the place where the boy must be buried in his father's grave.It's difficult to tackle a sadder subject.

Another great moment is O'Hara's and Keith's arrival in the ghost town,searching for the grave.Often filmed at dusk or in the darkest night,this film is also a story of redemption,of forgiveness.


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