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The Bounty Killer (1965)

A tenderfoot becomes a bounty hunter in the hopes of making a better future for himself and his new love.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Willie Duggan
Johnny Liam
Carole Ridgeway
Matthew Ridgeway
Mike Clayman
Captain Luther
Sheriff Green
Youth - Bounty Hunter
Sam - Bartender
Norman Willis ...
Hank Willis
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Big Jim Seddon (as Red Morgan)
Red - Henchman
Marshal Davis (as Daniel M. White)


Willie Duggans, a tenderfoot from the east, arrives in the wild west and soon experiences its violence. Willie discovers the easy money in bounty killing and must choose between that violent lifestyle and the love of a beautiful saloon singer. Written by Jeff Hole <jeffhole@aol.com>

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Wanted... dead or alive.







Release Date:

31 July 1965 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Chasseur de primes  »

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Box Office


$194,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dan Duryea (father) and Peter Duryea (son) appeared in two western films together: Taggart (1964) and this film. See more »


Carole: He's sick.
Ridgeway: I know. I've seen this sickness before. It's an old familiar road. Hurt, revenge, hate... all gets twisted in the mind. First thing you know, the mind gets twisted like a hard, hard knot. If there isn't anybody to get it out, it just explodes.
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Dureya the magnificent
2 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This amazing and wonderfully evocative film is one of the last films for the fine character actor Dan Dureya. This film provides him with a star role and it is a tour DE force performance. A wonderful cast of b western actors give magnificent support and Audrey Dalton shines as the love interest. Fuzzy Knight gives his best ever screen performance in a poignant role. Buster Crabbe makes a fine villain and Richard Arlen also effective.About the youngest guy is Peter Dureya - this is Dan's son and his role has a chilling significance for the film, you will have to watch it to see why. This western was penned by actor Leo Gordon and it's a strong study of character. Dureya plays an innocent tenderfoot arriving in the west from the civilised East. As he encounters the different characters of the film he absorbs them and totally changes in attitude. At first he is a nice, gentle guy but after witnessing a killing by bad guy Rod Cameron ( who in fact saves his life by doing so ) he sets out to earn money- eventually he becomes a bounty killer and then out for revenge he chases a whole gang . determined to eliminate them all. The ending is memorable and a fitting end to a wonderful film. Long neglected, try and search this one out , it will reward you with a viewing treat. One of the finest westerns ever and all shot on a shoe string. 10 out of 10 without any low points at all.

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