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Gunfight at Black Horse Canyon (1961)

Wells Fargo agent Jim Hardie has to deal with wanted posters with his name on them, a cynical Eastern writer, a wild card gunslinger while trying to capture a black stallion.

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Jim Hardie (archive footage)
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Beau (archive footage)
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Jeb (archive footage)
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Hawk (archive footage)
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Nathan Chance (archive footage)
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Katherine (archive footage)
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Squire (archive footage)
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Rake (archive footage)
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Mary Gee (archive footage) (as Mary Jayne Saunders)
Lory Patrick ...
Tina (archive footage)
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The Sheriff (archive footage) (as Stevan Darrell)
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The Clerk (archive footage)
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Major Shankford (archive footage)
Phil Barselow ...
Happy (archive footage)
William Hunter ...
Red Martin (archive footage)
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Wells Fargo agent Jim Hardie has to deal with wanted posters with his name on them, a cynical Eastern writer, a wild card gunslinger while trying to capture a black stallion.

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7 October 1961 (USA)  »

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Duelo en el cañón  »

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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Wells Fargo Theme
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Music by Harry Warren
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There must be an easier way to get Hardy?
13 March 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Gunfight at Black Horse Canyon is directed by R. G. Springsteen and written by Frank Gruber and Anthony Lawrence. It stars Dale Robertson, Jack Ging, William Demarest, George Kennedy, Rod Cameron, Patricia Owens, Phillip Carey, Claude Akins and Mary Jane Saunders. Music is by Richard Shores and cinematography by Bud Thackery.

I didn't know it prior to viewing this, but it's derived from the TV series "Tales of Wells Fargo" and is in fact two episodes – "The Dodger" and "Assignment in Gloribee" - stitched together to make a feature film. Upon finding out this fact it explains just why Gunfight at Black Horse Canyon is so uneven and bad. Everything about it screams out as being low budget fodder, the story line is weak, back screen projection is cheap and nasty and some usually reliable actors are reduced to auto-cue type acting. While characterisation is sparse, with some characters flitting in and out without rhyme or reason to anyone who didn't watch the show. Of course it may well be that fans of the show could find good value in this elongated venture? But for anyone else, as an advertisement appetiser? It hardly makes one yearn to seek out more of the show!

For Kennedy's brief villainy and Akins reliability remaining intact, it just about escapes being bottom of the barrel, but it's mightily close to being just that. 3/10


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