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Hell's Heroes (1929)

Passed | | Drama, Western | 5 January 1930 (USA)
When four men rob a bank, one is killed and the other three escape into the desert where they lose their horses in a storm. Finding a woman who gives birth, they are made godfathers only to... See full summary »

Director:

William Wyler

Writers:

Peter B. Kyne (from the story by: "The Three Godfathers"), Tom Reed (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Bickford ... Bob Sangster
Raymond Hatton ... 'Barbwire' Tom Gibbons
Fred Kohler ... Wild Bill Kearney
Fritzi Ridgeway ... Mother
Joe De La Cruz Joe De La Cruz ... José (as Jo de la Cruz)
Walter James Walter James ... Sheriff
Maria Alba ... Carmelita
Buck Connors ... Parson Jones (as 'Buck' Conners)
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Storyline

When four men rob a bank, one is killed and the other three escape into the desert where they lose their horses in a storm. Finding a woman who gives birth, they are made godfathers only to learn that the baby's father was the man they killed in the holdup. When the woman dies they head back, but they have little water and it is 40 miles. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Certain of death at the end of a rope if he reached the town, the bad man fought his way thence against Death Valley heat and cruel thirst. (Print Ad-The Kyle News,((Kyle, Texas)) 25 April 1930)

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 January 1930 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Far West See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Equipment)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

Wanting the film to have a gritty realism, Wyler insisted on filming in the Mojave Desert and the Panamint Valley in August temperatures of 110 degrees Fahrenheit. See more »

Alternate Versions

Universal also issued this movie as a silent, with film length 1778.81 m. See more »

Connections

Version of The Godchild (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Silent Night
(1818) (uncredited)
Music by Franz Xaver Gruber
Words By Joseph Mohr
English translation anonymous
Sung by the choir at church on Christmas
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24 December 2004 | by nellyblySee all my reviews

Much tighter and less bloated with extra characters and subplots than the later versions. The story has enough plot on it's own. It avoids the pitfall of being syrupy, a pitfall that the John Wayne version does not avoid. It's not the sanitized west of most films of the genre. You just know that those hombres hadn't bathed in a month of Sundays. The film gets right down to business. It avoids another pitfall, as well. Early talkies tended to be just that--talkie. This film makes good use of visuals in developing the characters and moving along the story. It has much more of the feeling of the just past silent era about it than the just arrived talkie era.


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