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The Bounty Hunter (1954)

Passed | | Western | 25 September 1954 (USA)
A bounty hunter, hired by Pinkerton, trails 3 unknown murderous train robbers to a town and finds a host of suspects.


André De Toth (as Andre de Toth)


Winston Miller (screenplay), Winston Miller (story) | 1 more credit »




Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Jim Kipp
Dolores Dorn ... Julie Spencer
Marie Windsor ... Alice Williams
Howard Petrie ... Sheriff Brand
Harry Antrim ... Dr. R.L. Spencer
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... George Williams
Ernest Borgnine ... Bill Rachin
Dub Taylor ... Eli Danvers (as Dubb Taylor)
Tyler MacDuff ... Vance Edwards
Archie Twitchell ... Harrison
Paul Picerni ... Jud
Phil Chambers ... Ed
Mary Lou Holloway Mary Lou Holloway ... Mrs. Harrison


A year after a violent train robbery the Pinkerton detective agency hires a bounty hunter to find the three remaining killers. He tracks them to Twin Forks but has no clue to their identity. Tensions surface as just his presence in town acts as a catalyst. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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One of two films co-produced by Transcona Enterprises for Warner Brothers, which consisted of Judy Garland and her then husband Sidney Luft, the other film being A Star Is Born (1954). The third Transcona production was to be The Helen Morgan Story (1957) to star Garland, but after the tepid box office performance of 'Star', Garland and Luft bought out the rest of their contract with Warners. See more »


In the opening scene, Randolph Scott is shot at by an ambusher, and rides away, climbs a very tall hill, where his clothing appears very dirty from the climb. After he shoots the ambusher in the next shot Scott's clothes are clean. See more »

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A Very Nervous Town
19 April 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Bounty Hunter casts Randolph Scott working in that profession, condemned in polite society, but necessary to bringing law and order to the west.

Scott is hired by the Pinkerton Detective Agency to trail three outlaws who were part of a gang of seven who robbed a train and killed several people in the process. Four of them are accounted for, but the Pinkertons have no clue as to the others. Scott picks up where they left off and the trail takes him to the New Mexico town of Twin Forks.

The only clue he has is that one of them was wounded so Scott begins questioning the town doctor and his pretty daughter Dolores Dorn. Needless to say his presence and reputation have the whole town of Twin Forks real nervous. Even sheriff Howard Petrie isn't really crazy about Scott's investigation.

Director Andre DeToth did several good westerns in the Forties and Fifties and The Bounty Hunter was definitely one of them. DeToth keeps the action and suspense both going and I have to say when the identity of the three outlaws is finally learned you will be surprised. And there will be some juicy red herrings thrown in for good measure.

One of the better Randolph Scott westerns of the Fifties a must for all of his fans.

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25 September 1954 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)


Color (WarnerColor)

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1.75 : 1
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