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Hellfire (1949)

Approved | | 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.

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Zeb Smith (as William Elliott)
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Mary Carson / Doll Brown
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Brother Joseph
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Sheriff Martin
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Sheriff Duffy
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Birdie
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Full Moon
Louis Faust ...
Red Stoner (as Louis R. Faust)
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Lew Stoner
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Rex
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Wilson
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Cheyenne Bartender
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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 !

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29 May 1949 (USA)  »

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Kopfpreis 5000 Dollar  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Trucolor)

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1.37 : 1
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[first lines]
Narrator: Man, with his misdeeds, kindles his own hellfire!
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Soundtracks

Bringing in the Sheaves
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Knowles Shaw
Music by George A. Minor
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Remarkable B Western In Trucolor
30 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

I have heard of Marie Windsor, but never saw her in a film prior to this. Because she toiled at poverty-row studios I guess I had a prejudice against her without ever having seen her, but boy! She was terrific. Her character as Doll in this western with a religious twist was strongly written and strongly played. William Elliot seemed just right in his role as a bad boy trying to walk the straight-and-narrow. This really is a unique film in the history of westerns and the Trucolor makes this a time capsule of poverty-row color technology. Essentially a two-color process, it shows up in red-orange and green, although the skies appear as blue. The print streamed on Netflix was in excellent shape, with no excessive lines or dirt present, and the overall experience was one of gratitude that they have managed to save so many of these low-budget studio films. To the casual viewer who thinks only the majors could achieve quality, the modern-day viewing of some of these B films proves that they too could achieve quality if not consistently then at least occasionally.


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