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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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(as Spencer G. Bennet)

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Cast

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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
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Captain Luther
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Sheriff Green
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Youth - Bounty Hunter
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Pianist
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Minister
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Sam - Bartender
Norman Willis ...
Hank Willis
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Big Jim Seddon (as Red Morgan)
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Red - Henchman
Dan White ...
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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Wanted... dead or alive.

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Release Date:

31 July 1965 (USA)  »

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Chasseur de primes  »

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

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Luther: He and his bunch are the worst cutthroats in this territory, and you got him Mr. Duggans! Now you can collect the bounty on him.
Willie Duggans: Bounty?
Luther: Seddon had a $250 price on his head.
Willie Duggans: $250? Not bad! But, ah, how do they grade men out here? Who fixes the price?
Luther: It depends on how much in demand their heads are, I reckon. The more you're wanted by the law, the higher the prices. It's like buying meat at the market, really. Except in here, it's the worst that gets the best price.
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Interesting -- But The Star Is Too Old and the Budget Too Small
22 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dan Duryea -- innocent(!?) and decent rube from Vermont, goes west and decides to become a bounty hunter. Embittered by circumstances, he becomes the mean, Dan Duryea-esquire sneering nasty man known as the BOUNTY KILLER.

This episodic movie, chock full of old western stars, is a real frustration, because the elements to an Anthony Mann style western are there -- an intriguing premise, great acting by Duryea in the second half of the movie, and malicious murder of a cheerful sidekick. But...

Well, first and foremost, the role is written for someone who is no older than 30 and who can play somewhat clueless innocence. Duryea looks every bit of 55, which makes his pursuit of the young, pretty heroine a touch creepy. Also, for the first half of the movie, Duryea's attempt to portray youthful innocence is simply awful. Oddly enough -- for someone who, by all accounts, was a nice guy who only married once -- Duryea cannot carry off nice and he really cannot carry off clueless. It is a relief when the script, about 30 minutes in, finally allows him to be sly and tricky. (The performance gets much better when circumstances turn Duryea bitter -- and he gets to show us a darn good depiction of a good man gone drunk and evil.)

Secondly, this movie was made on the cheap, and it shows badly. All the outdoor dramatic scenes take place on the same cheesy "outdoor" set, with a photograph of the desert mountains serving as a backdrop to the plastic trees.

Third, the plot has some big old holes and lines that no actor could make sound right. Also, the ending, alas, is really, really, really predictable.

All in all, this movie is worth seeing, but it probably won't seem that way until you've gotten through 30 minutes of the movie. Fans of the genre should stick it out.


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