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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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Mayor Will Blue
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Molly Riordan
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Zar
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Adah
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Ezra Maple / Isaac Maple
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Leo Jenks
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Jessie
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Brown
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Man from Bodie
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Alfie - Stage Driver
Michael Shea ...
Jimmy Fee
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Mae
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Avery (as Lon Chaney)
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John Bear
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Jack Millay
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Storyline

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 »

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Drama | Western

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June 1967 (Austria)  »

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Killer on a Horse  »

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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Molly Riordan: Were you any good with a gun, you might teach the lad a little manliness.
Mayor Will Blue: That's not manliness.
Molly Riordan: How would you know? How would you know anything about bein' a man?
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Connections

Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

O, Come, O Ye Faithful
("Adeste Fideles")
Composed by Frederick Oakeley
Played at Christmas in tent bar.
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The Man Who Shot the Guy Who Wasn't Liberty Valance.
30 December 1998 | by (kansas) – See all my reviews

One thing about Henry: he was versatile. From dottering old Norman Thayer in "On Golden Pond" to the child-murdering gunman in "Once Upon a Time in the West" and everything in between, Henry Fonda showed us his multi-faceted talent over and over again, as he does here as a waffling, semi-cowardly man initially unwilling to confront a bully that terrorizes a small community in the old west.

Aldo Ray's is ideally suited for his character as well, as the murderous brute intent upon destroying a small town and anyone who tries to stop him.

As usual, mild-mannered Good eventually triumphs over seemingly unstoppable Evil, but then, by 1967 Clint Eastwood already had a lock on the other outcome. Still, I enjoyed it quite a lot, and recommend it highly, for among other reasons, to see Aldo munch on a giant green onion as he drinks coffee, in celebration of a murderous rampage he just finished.


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