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Posse from Hell (1961)

Approved | | Western | 1 May 1961 (USA)
Banner Cole is a tough sheriff's deputy who forms a small posse to go after 4 death cell escapees who killed the sheriff , along with 3 other men, and kidnapped a woman with rape in mind.

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Banner Cole
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Seymour Kern
Zohra Lampert ...
Helen Caldwell
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Crip
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Captain Jeremiah Brown
Rodolfo Acosta ...
Johnny Caddo (as Rudolph Acosta)
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Uncle Billy
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Burt Hogan
James Bell ...
Benson
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Jock Wiley
Ward Ramsey ...
Marshal Isaac Webb
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Leo
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Banker
Forrest Lewis ...
Doctor Welles
Charles Horvath ...
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Murphy goes after bad guys who shot his friend the sheriff and abducted a local girl. In a plot reminiscent of High Noon, the posse of town blowhards gradually abandons Murphy; only tenderfoot banker Saxon remains, to prove his manhood. When they find the girl, obviously abused by her captors, Murphy shows her acceptance and sympathy whereas the others disply only revulsion. Written by <rita.richardson@arch2.nara.gov>

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Two steel-nerved and two-fisted men take apart a gang of gun-mad killers who had looted the whole Southwest! TOGATHER THEY TEAM UP AS AN AVENGING POSSE FROM HELL! Two steel-nerved, two-fisted men take apart a gang of gun-mad killers who had looted the whole Southwest! See more »

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1 May 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die gnadenlosen Vier  »

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

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(Eastman Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Universal's music director, Joseph Gershenson, reused the music scores from This Island Earth (1955) and It Came from Outer Space (1953) in this picture's music score, much to the chagrin of the original uncredited composers Hans J. Salter, Herman Stein, Henry Mancini, and Irving Gertz. By 1961, they were all out of their old 1950s Universal Studios contracts, and only heard about this when they got notices in the mail from the Musicians' Union. They would have appreciated checks in the mail even more, but there were none, since their old contracts considered all their studio work as 'works for hire' and this precluded them from getting any further royalties from their work. Universal continued this practice until a lawsuit from the Musicians' Union stopped it in 1966. See more »

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The direction Audie Murphy is directed is "North" but shadows make this unlikely if not impossible. See more »

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a diverse posse
15 September 2012 | by (Seattle WA USA) – See all my reviews

better than average Audie Murphy western with more sharply defined characters than usual - plus a good script that brings freshness - and even fun - to the heavily traveled chase 'em plot

the actors help a lot - Robert Keith as the grizzled ex Civil War soldier who keeps trying to take over the posse - Rudolph Acosta as an Indian trying to be accepted - John Saxon as a soft Easterner reluctantly shoved into posse duty - Paul Carr as an eager young man handy with pistols - to name a few - somehow the script makes this diverse group interesting without making them annoying - the one notable exception is the 1-dimensional quality of the kidnapped girl as written - fortunately - the role was given over to the way-too-talented Zohra Lampert - and she brings this small part to life

the represents the type of effort that makes genre enjoyable


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