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Release Date:
12 August 1964 (USA) See more »
He had to kill or be killed . . . as he fought the deadliest duel in frontier history! See more »
Former Texas Rangers Sam Ward and Logan Keliher become enemies when Sam turns bank robber and Logan marries Sam's ex-wife. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Audie Murphy ... Logan Keliher

Darren McGavin ... Sam Ward

Ruta Lee ... Lottie

Beverley Owen ... Susan

Skip Homeier ... Pink

George Tobias ... Diggs

Alan Hale Jr. ... Leach (as Alan Hale)
Berkeley Harris ... Jeff

Edward Platt ... Tucker
Kevin Tate ... Sammy
Cece Whitney ... Goldie

Mort Mills ... Ira Snow

Ray Teal ... Sweeper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Buff Brady ... Regas (uncredited)

George DeNormand ... Banker (uncredited)
Frank Ellis ... Card Player (uncredited)

Charles Horvath ... Apache (uncredited)
Jonathan Kidd ... Townsman (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Bartender (uncredited)

Bob Steele ... Sheriff (uncredited)

Aline Towne ... Saloon Girl (uncredited)

Directed by
R.G. Springsteen 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marvin H. Albert  novel
Mary Willingham 
Willard W. Willingham  (as Willard Willingham)

Produced by
Gordon Kay .... producer
Original Music by
Frank Skinner 
Cinematography by
Joseph F. Biroc 
Film Editing by
Russell F. Schoengarth 
Art Direction by
Henry Bumstead 
Alexander Golitzen 
Set Decoration by
Oliver Emert 
Costume Design by
Eddie Armand  (as Edward Armand)
Olive Koenitz 
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Production Management
Howard Pine .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carl Beringer .... assistant director
Phil Bowles .... assistant director
Sound Department
Joe Lapis .... sound
Waldon O. Watson .... sound
Buff Brady .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Carl Pitti .... stunts (uncredited)
Jim Sheppard .... stunt double: Audie Murphy (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... music supervisor
Irving Gertz .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
William Lava .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Henry Mancini .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Herman Stein .... composer: stock music (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Renegade Posse" - USA (alternative title)
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80 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)
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Did You Know?

It was while filming this movie that Alan Hale Jr. got his casting call for "Gilligan's Island" (1964). He had to ride out of Zions National Park in St. George, Utah on horseback to the highway and hitchhike to Las Vegas to fly out to the interview.See more »
Logan Keliher:We were friends once, Sam. It's not easy to shoot an old friend.
Sam Ward:Friend? That's a long way back, Logan. And I got one big advantage over you. You won't kill me unless you have to. I won't hesitate one second about killing you.
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Referenced in City Women (1971)See more »


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11 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Program western meets expectations., 26 April 2002
Author: Mozjoukine ( from Australia

The last of the Audie Murphy's are the best. The early ones are enough to put anyone off watching Budd Boetticher's work.

"Bullet for a Badman" is solidly crafted and, in the scenes of the posse holding off the "murderin' Pachees" that grizzled old timer Tobias warns about, has an effective set piece. The traveling shot where the riders lift above the moving camera, as they gallop up the ridge, must have gotten a cheer in the theatrical runs.

Murphy's character, the Texas Ranger who retired to look after the wife and child of his jailed chum, Darren McGavin, is too saintly for all but the most gullible but McGavin's study in vengeful, shaded macho is just what the film needs. He's surprisingly plausible in the saddle. The men are nicely chosen and effective, with Springsteen's experience showing in the way they ride and handle weapons, used to build their characters - the best cowboy movie tradition.

The women get by in the scrubbed up manner which undermines these films' pretensions to realism.

The colour is OK but Joe Biroc did a lot better and the score, credited on the film to veteran Skinner, is on the glum side. The use of stunt doubles for the leads is too obvious too.

These Universal westerns were good value once they got a hint of production value, even if this one doesn't compare to the best of the Delmer Daves- John Sturges - Anthony Mann cycle.

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