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Hellfire (1949)

Passed | | Action, Western | 29 May 1949 (USA)
A reformed gambler turned preacher, partners with a pretty, female fugitive outlaw, runs into an old pal who's also a marshal and they both fall for the same bad gal.


R.G. Springsteen


Dorrell McGowan, Stuart E. McGowan (as Stuart McGowan)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Bill Elliott ... Zeb Smith (as William Elliott)
Marie Windsor ... Mary Carson / Doll Brown
Forrest Tucker ... Marshal Bucky McLean
Jim Davis ... Gyp Stoner
H.B. Warner ... Brother Joseph
Paul Fix ... Dusty Stoner
Grant Withers ... Sheriff Martin
Emory Parnell ... Sheriff Duffy
Esther Howard ... Birdie
Jody Gilbert ... Full Moon
Louis Faust Louis Faust ... Red Stoner (as Louis R. Faust)
Harry Woods ... Lew Stoner
Denver Pyle ... Rex
Trevor Bardette ... Wilson
Dewey Robinson ... Cheyenne Bartender


Zeb Smith is a gambler with a larcenous streak, but when an itinerant preacher takes a bullet meant for him, Zeb vows to fulfill the preacher's mission of building a church. Frustrated in his attempts to get donations, Zeb attempts to capture fugitive Doll Brown in order to obtain the reward. But he finds that there's more to Doll than meets the eye. When his old friend Bucky McLean shows up gunning for Doll, Zeb sees a chance to redeem them all... one way or another. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Some men live by making rules ... some women live by breaking 'em !


Action | Western


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Release Date:

29 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kopfpreis 5000 Dollar See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Narrator: Man, with his misdeeds, kindles his own hellfire!
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Bringing in the Sheaves
Lyrics by Knowles Shaw
Music by George A. Minor
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A truly great B movie
30 July 1999 | by MichaelM-3See all my reviews

The review by Filmaven tickled me. I feared I was alone in believing this movie is one of the greats.

Marie Windsor, a fine actress in any role, just outdid herself in this film.

Bill Elliott was even better than usual, and so were all the other actors.

Best of all, though, was an excellent script, one definitely worthy of A movie budgeting and distributing.

There is a quality in this movie that is sadly lacking in most modern films, and the emphasis on a story line is one aspect that elevates "Hellfire" above the mass of films.

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