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From Hell to Texas (1958)

Approved | | Western | 25 June 1958 (France)
When ranch hand Tod Lohman accidentally kills the son of a powerful rancher, he panics and flees, but the rancher and his vengeful crew hunt Tod down.

Director:

Henry Hathaway

Writers:

Robert Buckner (screenplay), Wendell Mayes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Don Murray ... Tod Lohman
Diane Varsi ... Juanita Bradley
Chill Wills ... Amos Bradley
Dennis Hopper ... Tom Boyd
R.G. Armstrong ... Hunter Boyd
Jay C. Flippen ... Jake Leffertfinger
Margo ... Mrs. Bradley
John Larch ... Hal Carmody
Ken Scott ... Otis Boyd
Rodolfo Acosta ... Bayliss
Salvador Baguez Salvador Baguez ... Cardito
Harry Carey Jr. ... Trueblood
Jerry Oddo Jerry Oddo ... Morgan
José Torvay ... Miguel
Malcolm Atterbury ... Hotel Clerk
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Storyline

The naive cowboy Tod Lohman accidentally kills the son of the powerful land baron Hunter Boyd. Tod runs for his life, pursued by the dead man's vengeful brothers. Tod shelters on the ranch of Amos Bradley and he falls in love with his daughter Juanita. However, Tod is concerned that he'll eventually have to leave when his pursuers catch up with him. Written by Robert

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The West's Most Savage Man-Chase...From Hell To Texas! See more »

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 June 1958 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hell-Bent Kid See more »

Filming Locations:

Bishop, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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According to myth, Dennis Hopper required 85 retakes for one scene, causing director Henry Hathaway to yell at him, "You'll never work in this town again!" and that it was ten years before Hopper obtained another major role. Don Murray, however, has stated that this never occurred, and in fact, Hopper worked steadily through the 1960s, including twice more with Hathaway: The Sons of Katie Elder (1965) and True Grit (1969). See more »

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Indians took both saddle horses, but later Tod rides into Magdalena or Socorro, with Carmody's horse. See more »

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Hunter Boyd: Leak out of this region fast. But sleep with one eye open and ride on the far side of your horse.
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Decent western with a cowboy on the run and being relentlessly pursued by a posse on his way
28 May 2015 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Interesting and enjoyable Western with a deep meaning upon the power of forgiveness and an attractive ending . This cultured actioner Western contains noisy action , dashingly violent scenes , rider pursuits , impressive Indians attacks and loads of crossfire .This splendid motion picture was professional and convincingly directed by Henry Hathaway , doing an useful job and being well starred by top-notch actors . When ranch hand Tod Lohman (Don Murray who recently passed away) accidentally kills the son of a powerful rancher (R.G. Armstrong) , he panics and flees , as he on the run with posse on his trail . As the rancher carries out his vengeful crew hunt Tod down , being accompanied by his another wild son (Dennis Hooper) and crafty Mexican underling (Rodolfo Acosta) . Meantime , innocent Tod finds refuge with kindly as well as wealthy farmer (Chill Wills) . At the farm Tod falls for his daughter (Diane Varsi) but trouble won't remain far away for long time .

Exciting Western also titled ¨Manhunt¨ packs thrills , emotion , shootouts , go riding , a love story and including timeless resonance about a merciless as well as useless vengeance . Acceptable Western realized in the tradition of "StageCoach" "High Noon" and "Shane" . The screenplay achieved an important message by focusing on the morality of revenge . Striking interpretations by a good cast , particularly R.G. Armstrong as vengeful father in typical fire-eating form and Dennis Hopper who worked steadily in Western genre through the 1960s including twice more with Hathaway: "The Sons of Katie Elder" in 1965 and "True Grit" in 1969. Support cast is frankly well , plenty of familiar faces such as Chill Wills , Dennis Hopper , Jay C. Flippen , John Larch , Malcolm Atterbury , James Philbrook , Ken Scott , Margo and Rodolfo Acosta . Furthermore , Diane Varsi bringing his own brand of sweet charm to the role of beautiful heroine . Colorful cinematography in CinemaScope by Wilfred Cline , though a right remastering being necessary . Atmospheric and evocative musical score by Daniel Amfitheatroph .

This well-paced in cracking style flick was stunningly directed by Henry Hathaway and usually works very well , being capable handled in spectacular photography , adding gorgeous outdoors from Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, Iverson Ranch , Chatsworth, Los Angeles, Bishop, and Death Valley, California . Henry Hathaway does the human touch and full of insight that accompanied him during most of his films and the story develops pleasantly in large frames with an interesting plot and fully adjusted to the requirements of the action . His fetish actor was John Wayne , both of whom collaborated in various sincere Westerns , they included ¨North to Alaska¨ , ¨The sons of Katie Elder¨ and Wayne's Academy Award-winning ¨True grit¨, among others . Hathaway himself was only even nominated for an Oscar , but his movies themselves are testimony to his skills to heighten narrative tension and shoot action so exhilarating it made adrenalin run . Henry was a craftsman who had a long career from the 30s with successful films , and especially Westerns , as ¨Brigham Young¨ and ¨Raw Hide¨ . In his 60s Hathaway still got the vigour to make some fiery movies as ¨How the West was won¨, ¨Nevada Smith¨, and ¨Shoot out¨ . He was an expert on Western genre as he proved in ¨True grit¨ , ¨Five card stud¨ , ¨Nevada Smith¨ , ¨How the West was won¨ , ¨Rawhide¨ , ¨Brigham Young¨ , ¨Buffalo Stampede¨, ¨Garden of evil¨ , ¨The sons of Katie Elder¨ and , of course this , ¨From Hell to Texas¨ . Rating : nice Western , 6.5/10 .


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