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The Bounty Killer (1965)

 |  Western  |  31 July 1965 (USA)
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This film features the final film appearance by the creator of the movie cowboy hero, Gilbert "Broncho Billy" Anderson.

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Willie Duggan
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Johnny Liam
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Carole Ridgeway
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Matthew Ridgeway
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Mike Clayman
Fuzzy Knight ...
Captain Luther
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Sheriff Green
Peter Duryea ...
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Eddie Quillan ...
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Grady Sutton ...
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Emory Parnell ...
Sam - Bartender
Norman Willis ...
Hank Willis
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Big Jim Seddon (as Red Morgan)
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Red - Henchman
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Marshal Davis (as Daniel M. White)
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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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31 July 1965 (USA)  »

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$194,000 (estimated)
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(Westrex Recording System)

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

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[Johnny offers Willie a pistol]
Johnny Liam: And while you're at it, you learn how to use this and hang onto it. You can get by without a dime in your pocket, but without this iron, you're nothing.
Willie Duggans: Oh, it can't be as bad as you say.
Johnny Liam: Now, maybe where you come from the law comes in books, but in this country, a man carries it on his hip.
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The Pharisees
18 June 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Bounty Killer is directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and written by Ruth Alexander and Leo Gordon. It stars Dan Duryea, Rod Cameron, Audrey Dalton, Richard Arlen, Buster Crabbe, Fuzzy Knight and Johnny Mack Brown. Music is by Ronald Stein and cinematography by Frederick E. West.

Willie Duggans (Duryea) arrives in the Wild West and quickly becomes exposed to its violence. Finding that big money can be made by bringing in bad guys, he takes up arms and plans to make enough money to set him up for a future with Carole Ridgeway (Dalton), a beautiful saloon singer. But the job isn't easy, physically, emotionally and mentally.

It's a film that asks some forgiveness from Western fans, you are asked to accept Duryea being too old for the role, some iffy production issues, coincidences and some giant leaps of faith. Yet if you can do that and just roll with its high energy willingness to keep the Western traditional in the mid 60s? Then this is better than a time waster.

Ultimately it's a message movie about the cycle of violence and how said violence can corrupt the most amiable of minds. The screenplay deftly brings in to the equation the roles of normal outsiders who don't mind violence as long as it is for their own ends, something which brings the best sequence in the film to the fore and lets Duryea once again show his class. Backing the superb Duryea is a roll call of Western movie veterans, all of which - with the leading man - make for a reassuring presence at our Oater dinner table. Neatly photographed out of the Corriganville and Glenmoor ranches in California, this may be a "B Western" trying to keep the traditional Western afloat in the mid 60s, but it's honourable in intent and entertains the Western faithful royally. 7/10


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