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Welcome to Hard Times (1967)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Western  |  June 1967 (Austria)
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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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
Alan Baxter ...
Jack Millay
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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

Originally made for television in 1966, but released to theaters instead, before being shown on TV because of its violent content. 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: Nice to find a man in these parts who knows the use of a gun the way you do, Mr. Jenks.
Deputy Marshal Leo Jenks: Thank you.
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Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »

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Buffalo Gals
("Lubly Fan") (uncredited)
Composed by John Hodges (1844)
Played in tent bar.
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Utterly Dreadful
31 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

It's amazing that Henry Fonda made the fantastic "Once Upon a Time in the West" the same year, or thereabouts, that he made this atrocity. Tonally inept, directed like a school play, with an obnoxious, heavy-handed score, this is an object lesson in how not to make a western. As you probably know by now, an impossibly brutal killer terrorizes a small town but no one has the courage to stand up to him. You'd think they could hand out a few guns and encircle the guy, instead of taking him on one at a time. Various central-casting western types cycle through, brandishing their mustaches and petticoats, and seem to have been left to their own devices on such matters as line readings (Keenan Wynn, in particular, barks his dialog as though dictating it to a sign painter). Ersatz Aaron Copeland music kicks up for interminable montages of town-building. Henry Fonda and Janice Rule have the same argument for two hours until, mercifully, some bloodshed makes the conversation moot. You will mourn the two hours of your life you sacrificed on the altar of this inert flick.


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