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The Bounty Hunter (1954)

A bounty hunter, hired by Pinkerton, trails 3 unknown murderous train robbers to a town and finds a host of suspects.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre de Toth)

Writers:

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

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Jim Kipp
Dolores Dorn ... Julie Spencer
Marie Windsor ... Alice Williams
Howard Petrie ... Sheriff Brand
Harry Antrim 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
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Storyline

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 <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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THE HIGHER THE REWARD THE HOTTER THE GUN HE USED TO COLLECT IT!!! (original three-sheet poster-all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ritter der Prärie See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

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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Nobody feels at home with a bounty hunter
28 July 2012 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

How can a bounty hunter be the good guy in a western? Easy, let him be played by Randolph Scott. Scott in his colored westerns had such a strong presence that no matter what he played , he was Randolph Scott above all. So never mind the contradictions in Jim Kipp, the bounty hunter, this is not James Stewart and Anthony Mann (The Naked Spur). This is one of the best of Scott's westerns efficiently directed by Andre de Toth, it is a bit of a "whodunnit" reminding "Three Hours to Kill", made in the same year. Great to see Ernest t Borgnine as one of the villains. At the beginning of the film Jim Kipp is a heartless bounty hunter, who gets his reward and then is asked by a Pinkerton detective to capture some outlaws. He concludes they went to a town, Twin Forks, and there, he starts searching for them. The point the film makes very well is how uncomfortable the people in the town feel knowing there is a bounty hunter among them. Randolph Scott's Jim Kipp has a lot in common with the characters he would play in the Bud Boetticher's westerns.


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