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 <email@example.com>
A town can be killed by a bullet...just like a man!
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Did You Know?
Mayor Blu mentions he is 49 years old at one point and turning 50 at another and yet Henry Fonda was well over 60 at the time of the filming. See more
Mayor Blue points (to Zar) to the miners riding into town and lowers his arm. The shot moves to one from behind Blue to his left & his arm is still pointing (& again lowers it). See more
Were you any good with a gun, you might teach the lad a little manliness.
Mayor Will Blue
That's not manliness.
How would you know? How would you know anything about bein' a man?
Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave
O, Come, O Ye Faithful
Composed by Frederick Oakeley
Played at Christmas in tent bar. See more