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Welcome to Hard Times (1967)

Approved | | Drama, Western | June 1967 (Austria)
A sociopathic stranger all but destroys a small hardscrabble town but the 'mayor' convinces its survivors to stay and rebuild.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mayor Will Blue
Molly Riordan
Ezra Maple / Isaac Maple
Leo Jenks
Man from Bodie
Alfie - Stage Driver
Michael Shea ...
Jimmy Fee
Avery (as Lon Chaney)
John Bear
Jack Millay


In the town of Hard Times, a stranger rides in and terrorizes the small settlement. He kills a number of townsfolk, including Fee, the town's founder. Mayor Will Blue fails to stand up to the man, who rapes saloon whore Molly and burns down the town. Blue promises to rebuild the town after the stranger rides on, but the townsfolk give up and leave. A wagon load of prostitutes led by "entrepeneur" Zar shows up and together with Blue, they rebuild the town. But Molly's desire for revenge and her anger at Blue for not protecting her eat at her, and Blue promises that things will be different when the stranger returns. And return he does. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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A town can be killed by a bullet...just like a man! See more »


Drama | Western


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Release Date:

June 1967 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Killer on a Horse  »

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Originally made for television in 1966, but released to theaters instead, before being shown on TV because of its violent content. See more »


Mayor Blue points to his diagonal right to where the miners are riding into town and Zar looks over his left shoulder in that direction. His "ladies" then look and start to wave though they are looking about 90 degrees off. They should be looking to their right, but are looking and waving straight ahead. See more »


Brown, Territorial Governor's Rep.: Now, you going to have a peace officer. You there!
Deputy Marshal Leo Jenks: Me?
Brown, Territorial Governor's Rep.: Yeah, you're the only one carrying a gun. You ever kill a man?
Deputy Marshal Leo Jenks: Well, yessir, I reckon I did.
Brown, Territorial Governor's Rep.: Good. Here pin that on.
[Brown gives Jenks a badge]
Brown, Territorial Governor's Rep.: You are hereby sworn a Deputy Sheriff. You salary is twenty-five dollars a year, payable next year. Now, you'll take up a collection and build a jail. If you get a serious outlaw that ain't dead, write a letter to the capital and we'll put a circuit judge on ya. So here's the town charter, the ...
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Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »


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The western at its worst.
2 February 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Awful dusters like this are the key reason so many people hate the genre. It's the cheapest pulp imaginable ... manna for the addicted, but utterly unpalatable for the rest of us who expect intelligent story-telling in whatever kind of movie we may choose to watch. In this tiny town -- and really that's being charitable; hamlet is more appropriate -- there are but a handful of inhabitants and only three apparent businesses (saloon, store, and undertaker), no court or jail, no regular transportation services, no communications, no government offices of any kind, no mayor, and no law enforcement, yet a busily occupied lawyer? The citizens - despite possessing a good cache of weapons - come out to the street and stand around helplessly as a drunken psychopath goes on a slow and relaxed killing rampage interspersed with ample rest periods and ample opportunities for him to be ambushed. If you have an IQ in three digits and expect a plausible story, don't waste even a moment of your time on this piece of rubbish.

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