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 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
Alan Baxter ...
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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One bullet can kill a town - 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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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 »


Although there are seven barrels and crates on the stagecoach, John Anderson is able to unload them in the five seconds he is off-screen. See more »


Molly Riordan: [to Blue] You'll never change, will yuh? You'll always be hidin' behind words and a woman's skirt!
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Referenced in I Spit on Your Grave (1978) See more »


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21 March 2001 | by (houston,tx) – See all my reviews

This is a gritty and well directed film. Unfortunately, the entire premises strains belief. We are supposed to believe that one man rides into a town and kills people and burns it to the ground while everybody just sits around and watches. In the real world this guy (Aldo Ray) would have been shot down about five minutes after he walked into the saloon. In 19th century America, everyone was armed and would have taken any action needed to protect their lives and property. I thought it was a silly movie when I saw it as a child and it remains silly today.

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