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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

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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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One bullet can kill a town - 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

The first time the miners visit Hard Times (in the movie) there is a scene where one of Zar's girls is dancing on a table with several miners standing around her. In a later scene (at a later date in the movie time frame) the same girl is dancing on the the table with the same men around her in the exact same order of being next to each other. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Maple: [to Blue] A man's a fool if he doesn't know when to move on.
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Connections

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

Soundtracks

Buffalo Gals
("Lubly Fan") (uncredited)
Composed by John Hodges (1844)
Played in tent bar.
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Henry Fonda having a hard time
15 January 2002 | by (Solvesborg, Sweden) – See all my reviews

The title of this flick and town, where it is all happening, says it all. I don't know how serious one is to take it all considering how the people (incredibly pacifistic) act when a man rides into this small society and start taking lives, but I thought it was great and Fonda as usual convincing as the 'sheriff' (or Mayor) of Hard Times.

It all starts with Aldo Ray (as Man from Bodie) riding into town a dark and windy night and things take off from there.

I like Warren Oates as Deputy Marshal Leo Jenks, Denver Pyle as stage driver and Keenan Wynn as Zar. The story is also very unusual but great and the loneliness of the people is remarkable. Isolated but for the stage coach coming into town twice a month or so. Recommended to all who likes to see an unusual western with struggling people and their lives in the American desert in the 1800th century.


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