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Hell Bent for Leather (1960)

Approved | | Western | 1 February 1960 (USA)
Mistaken for a murderous outlaw, an innocent passerby is forced to go on the run to try and clear his name by catching the real culprit.

Director:

George Sherman

Writer:

Christopher Knopf (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Clay
Felicia Farr ... Janet
Stephen McNally ... Deckett
Robert Middleton ... Ambrose
James Westmoreland ... Moon (as Rad Fulton)
Jan Merlin ... Travers
Herbert Rudley ... Perrick
Malcolm Atterbury ... Gamble
Joseph Ruskin ... Shad
Allan Lane ... Kelsey
John Qualen ... Old Ben
Eddie Little Sky ... William
Steve Gravers Steve Gravers ... Grover
Beau Gentry Beau Gentry ... Stone
Bob Steele ... Jared
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Storyline

When Clay Santell stops in the town of Sutterville after having his horse stolen, he is mistaken by townspeople for a murderer named Travers. The townspeople capture Santell, and turn him over to lawman Harry Deckett. Deckett, who is tired of chasing the real Travers, decides to kill Santell and pass him off as Travers. Santell escapes from Deckett, taking lovely Janet Gifford hostage in the process. Janet comes to believe Santell's story, and helps him in his struggle to prove his real identity. Written by Michelle Sturges

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Target For Terror!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Bent for Paradise See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Clay Santell (Audie Murphy) and Janet Gifford (Felicia Farr) made their escape from Ambrose (Robert Middleton) and his brothers, Clay got away on a second horse he took after paying forty dollars for the first one. But later, on the trail to Paradise, they only have the one horse Janet is riding on. One horse goes lame there is scene showing this. See more »

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One of the best western starring Audie Murphy
29 September 2004 | by ColeArminSee all my reviews

Very entertaining western directed by George Sherman (who did Big Jake with John Wayne and produced The Comancheros 1961). The actors are excellent. We get Audie Murphy and Stephen McNally back altogether 8 years after Duel at silver creek 1952, but here they are enemies. Felicia Farr acts in her last western. And very good supporting cast with Jan Merlin as Travers, John Qualen and Bob Steele among others.

With a very good screenplay, I really liked the character, Stephen MacNally plays. The three main actors are perfect, and they carry the movie. So if you have the luck to have the opportunity to see this movie: GOOOOO!


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