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The Hired Gun (1957)

Approved | | Western | 20 September 1957 (USA)
Ellen Beldon is due to be hanged in Texas for the murder of her husband, but Jud Farrow, ranch foreman for her uncle, breaks her out of jail and escorts her to the safety of her uncle's New... See full summary »


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Buckley Angell (story), Buckley Angell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview:
Rory Calhoun ... Gil McCord
Anne Francis ... Ellen Beldon
Vince Edwards ... Kell Beldon
John Litel ... Mace Beldon
Chuck Connors ... Judd Farrow
Robert Burton ... Nathan Conroy
Salvador Baguez Salvador Baguez ... Domingo Ortega
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Elby Kirby
Regis Parton ... Cliff Beldon


Ellen Beldon is due to be hanged in Texas for the murder of her husband, but Jud Farrow, ranch foreman for her uncle, breaks her out of jail and escorts her to the safety of her uncle's New Mexico ranch. Mace Beldon, her father-in-law, offers professional gunman Gil McCord $5000 to bring her back to Texas so she can be hung. He is able to get her away, and during the trip back, she tells him the story of her trial. She claims her brother-in-law, Kell Beldon, shot his step-brother (her husband) so that he would be his father's sole heir, and that drunken fur-trapper Elby Kirby was the only witness. Gill decides to see Kirby and force a confession from him. Meanwhile, Kell gets Ellen back by chance and turns her over to the law. Gill gets an order from the district judge to stop the execution, and Kell, seeing his story falling apart, tries to out-shoot Gill. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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It's A Hanging Day In Belden County Texas
13 May 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Anne Francis is about to hung for the murder of her husband, the son of the local Ponderosa owner John Litel. But her uncle sends Chuck Connors to rescue her and he does, taking her across the Texas state line to New Mexico territory where he, Robert Burton is the local Ponderosa owner. And due to Burton's influence, New Mexico will not honor extradition. What to do, but hire out for The Hired Gun.

In this case it's Rory Calhoun who gets hired for $5000.00 dollars to deliver Francis back to Texas for the sentence to be carried out. He's even deputized to make what is kidnapping have some trapping of legality.

Of course with their time on the trail Calhoun and Francis start getting acquainted. I don't think I have to go any further.

The Hired Gun was almost like watching two different films. A plot line where Francis is being given some unwanted attentions by her rescuer Connors is left dangling. Quite frankly I can't blame Connors for expecting some kind of manifestation of that gratitude. Then when Calhoun and Francis cross the state line, it's like a whole new movie started. I think some writing might have changed midpoint in the film or it was to be a whole bigger type of western when originally conceived.

With stuff like The Hired Gun which Calhoun also produced not being that well received, no wonder Rory Calhoun opted for a TV and he would star in his own television series, The Texan very shortly.

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20 September 1957 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

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2.35 : 1
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