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Crisp and enjoyable Western
lorenellroy30 November 2004
One source I regard as essential when it comes to Westerns is a book by Phil Hardy called " The Western " and forming volume 1 of the Aurem Encycopedia of the cinema .It lists genre movies by year with potted critical reviews .Except that it does not give this robust and unusual little movie its own review relegating it instead to an appendix where it is mentioned but not singled out for comment

Bad error from a normally reliable writer because this is a most enjoyable movie .Murphy plays a neophyte Texas Ranger with the somewhat cumbersome name of Seven Ways From Sundown Jones .He is sent in company with a grizzled veteran to track down Jim Flood a charismatic and freethinking outlaw .Jones captures Flood but not until his partner is killed and he begins the task of returning Flood to captivity .Flood turns out to be a likable man and a friendship develops between the two men whose journey is interrupted by bounty hunters and Indians before reaching its climax at Rangers headquarters

Sullivan is outstanding as Flood and Murphy is more than competent as the Ranger and there is a strong supporting cast

Check this out .Its well made ,well acted and well written .It should not be forgotten or overshadowed by other bigger movies
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8/10
It will be "Seven Ways From Sunday" ~ before UNIVERSAL ever releases a DVD!!
triassic411 February 2005
I will not take up space by reviewing what other Viewer's comments have already unanimously echoed -- this is a greatly overlooked and EXCELLENT Western 60's film (as are quite a few of AUDIE MURPHY's films). What I ask of UNIVERSAL DVD Productions is to .... PLEASE WAKE UP ... and to please release some of AUDIE MURPHY's films onto DVD! Did you know that almost NONE of his films have ever even been released onto VHS ... or ... DVD!! How absurd!! The ONLY times I have ever been able to even see these films were (recently) on TMC (a GREAT Channel!!) and several years ago on AMC (before they "sold out" to the Corporate conglomerates and SAVAGELY BUTCHERED their films with gross "commercialization" -- which is pretty SAD for a Company that boasted and prided itself in FILM RESTORATION and PRESERVATION!!). Here are a few of AUDIE's FINE Western titles which I offer to UNIVERSAL for consideration: SEVEN WAYS FROM SUNDOWN, HELL BENT FOR LEATHER, GUNS OF FORT PETTICOAT, COLUMN SOUTH, and RIDE CLEAR OF DIABLO. Thankfully, at least a few of his films ARE available on DVD ... and you should check them out or buy them -- you will NOT be disappointed: DUEL AT SILVER CREEK, NIGHT PASSAGE (with JAMES STEWART!), and NO NAME ON THE BULLET. These films can stand right up there and beside any of the other Classic Western Films!! Thanks for reading.
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7/10
Audie Goes South
telegonus14 August 2001
Everyone should see at least one Audie Murphy western in his life. This one is as good as any. Audie's a lawman charged with bringing elegant bad guy Barry Sullivan back to town in order to have him hanged. The problem is that, for all their difference, these two men become friends; and in time good friends. Sullivan teaches Audie a thing or two about life, and Audie gives Sullivan a lesson or two in morality. These guy complement one another. The dialogue is, for a low-budget western, often quite good. Everything happens as it should. The ending, while not a shocker, truly resonates, and makes us think about what we have just seen.
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8/10
A lovable rogue is still a rogue.
Utopia177615 December 2001
Seven Ways From Sundown Jones (Audie Murphy) must bring in outlaw Jim Flood, who tries to win Jones over to his side with charm and a fun loving personality. Does Jones put friendship over justice? Does Flood underestimate the green lawman? Watch and see.
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8/10
Well we all have our cross to bear.
hitchcockthelegend25 July 2012
Seven Ways from Sundown is directed by Harry Keller and adapted to screenplay by Clair Huffaker from his own novel of the same name. It stars Audie Murphy, Barry Sullivan, Venetia Stevenson, John McIntire and Kenneth Tobey. A UIP production in Eastman Color with music scored by William Lava & Irving Gertz (Joseph Gershenson supervising) and cinematography by Ellis Carter. Plot finds Murphy as Seven Ways from Sundown, a Texas Ranger who tracks and captures notorious outlaw Jim Flood (Sullivan). As the two men make their way back to Texas, a bond begins to form...

It's another Audie Murphy Western that rarely gets a mention when the talk turns to Murphy's best Oaters. On this occasion, though, it's not because it is operating suspiciously at the low end of the "B" Western scale, or that it is boorish in the formula department, this is actually a case of it being under seen by the last couple of generations of Western fans. A shame because it has much to recommend.

Film basically centres around the two (initial) polar opposite characters finding a mutual respect as they traverse the dusty land back to Texas. Along the way they encounter problems; Apache attack, bounty hunters et al, but they play cards, they fight, with both men getting ample opportunities to either escape or wound, but mostly they talk. Wonderful dialogue driven chat from the Huffaker (Rio Conchos/The Commancheros) pen. This isn't in the same league as the psychological smarts laden 3:10 to Yuma chatter between Heflin and Ford, no sir, but it's well scripted and boosted considerably by the chemistry between Murphy and Sullivan.

It's an odd couple physically, especially in the early parts as Seven has Greenhorn traits to overcome, but the guy's odd friendship does become believable. When Seven says late in the day that there's no man he trusts more than Flood, we understand why, because Keller (Day of the Bad Man/Quantez) and Huffaker have done great work in bringing the characters and actors to life. There's extra spice in the beans, too, with knowledge given to us of what Flood has done with his guns and what Seven is irked by in his past, he has a calling but is it a burden?

There's enough action in here to please the undemanding Western fan, with gun play, fist throws and show downs (look out for a nice stunt leap off of a wagon), while there's the odd smattering of heroism such as Audie saving a dog from a bird of prey! A potential romance angle (no not between the men) is very low key and not a hindrance, McIntire and Tobey impact nicely with their respective performances and Nevada's Red Rock Canyon forms a magnificent back drop (bravo Ellis Carter). But this is all about Murphy and Sullivan and the care and consideration afforded them by Messrs Keller and Huffaker. Far from perfect for sure, anyone will find holes in this sort of production, but forgiveness is not hard to come by when it plays out so damn well. Hey! The ending is a real beaut as well. 8/10

Footnote: I viewed the film from British TV, Dave Channel. A lovely print that only makes me lament there's no widespread DVD release for this film. There is a very expensive Region 2 French DVD available from certain outlets, the quality of which I can't vouch for.
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9/10
one for the money, two for the road, seven is a good western.
tmwest23 January 2008
This is a better than average Audie Murphy western. Murphy is a ranger whose task is to capture an outlaw (Barry Sullivan). After the capture, a certain friendship starts developing between Murphy and Sullivan.It is a dangerous relationship for Murphy. Jim Flood(Sullivan) is a killer who will stop at nothing to get his way. Murphy's hardest choice will be not to let this friendship interfere in his deliverance of Flood to justice. Seven Days From Sundown is the peculiar name of Murphy's character. He comes from a family where each one of the brothers had a numerical name. The first was called "One For The Money" and the second "Two For The Road". Directed by Harry Keller who was very familiar with westerns both as an editor and director.
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7/10
Seven-Ways-From-Sundown-Jones
PamelaShort11 October 2013
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Audie Murphy plays Seven Jones in his usual cool way, in this well constructed western. Seven Jones ( Audie Murphy ) is a clever but tenderfoot Texas Ranger who is in training by the skilled veteran Ranger Sergeant Hennessey ( John McIntire ). Jone's first assignment is a tough one, hunting down and bringing in the cunning and pretentious killer Jim Flood ( Barry Sullivan ). This very cleverly written story has some surprises from the sly murderer, that will push the new found skills of Jones to there limits. But in the end will these skills help Seven-Ways-From-Sundown-Jones get the job done or will Jim Flood get the upper hand?. All top notch performances from all the actors, and the beautiful Venetia Stevenson plays Murphy's love interest in this very entertaining and underrated western film. It's well worth having a look for Audie Murphy fans and also for those who enjoy a good western story.
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6/10
Facing Justice
bkoganbing18 February 2006
Audie Murphy is a rookie Texas Ranger assigned by Ranger Lieutenant Ken Tobey to accompany John McIntire to track down and apprehend noted badman Barry Sullivan. McIntire is killed, but Murphy takes him and they have one interesting journey back.

The film is kind of The Comancheros in reverse with a younger Texas Ranger bringing back an older outlaw. Like Stuart Whiteman with John Wayne, Sullivan is full of tricks and charm, but Murphy is up to it.

The whole film like The Comancheros depends on the chemistry between Murphy and Sullivan and they do it have it. It makes watching Seven Ways from Sundown good fun and you don't think about some glaring plot holes and some rather specious character motivation for the main and supporting characters.

The title comes from the fact Murphy's dad numbered rather than named his children. And Murphy's mom embellished the numbers with some additions, One for the money, Two for the show, etc.

Hey it could happen. I was in Fort Polk, Louisiana back in 1971 with a guy named John Twenty Five in basic training. Having seen this film in the theater way back when it was always on my mind during that rather grueling period of my life with Mr. Twenty Five.
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7/10
Audie Murphy goes after a charming killer
Tweekums10 July 2012
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Like many B westerns this opens with a bang; introducing the villain Jim Flood by showing him gunning down a handful of people and setting fire to the saloon before fleeing. The next day the townsfolk aren't impressed when rookie Texas Ranger Seven Jones turns up... wondering where the law was when they actually needed it. He then continues on to his first posting and is soon out tracking Flood along with experienced ranger Sgt. Henessey. As they track Flood it becomes clear that he is popular with the people in many towns he goes through. As they ride through the New Mexico desert Flood shoots and kills Henessey leaving Jones to hunt him alone.

Surprisingly Jones manages to catch him relatively easily; that is only half the task though; he must now get him back to Texas. Flood is determined not to go back and there are several other dangers to worry about including local bounty hunters, Apaches and the brother of the men Flood killed in the opening.

This was a fairly typical Audie Murphy western; if you are a fan of his work you are sure to enjoy it, if you aren't you probably won't. Personally I think Murphy does a great job in this sort of film; his character isn't overly macho but it doesn't seem unbelievable when he prevails over an apparently superior foe. Barry Sullivan made a fine villain; rather than being an obviously bad man he is actually quite a charmer, this made a nice change. There is enough action, mostly just shootouts though, so no spectacular horse-work. The scenery looks great with Utah filling in for the New Mexico desert. As for the title... Jones' full name is 'Seven Ways from Sundown Jones"; he is the seventh child and his siblings were similarly named although we only learn the names of One and Two!
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7/10
" Let's just say I'm not easy to beat."
classicsoncall11 November 2016
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Just caught a couple Audie Murphy Westerns back to back that were pretty cool, this one and "Posse From Hell", both of which I rank in the upper tier of Murphy's pictures. Backing him up in this film are a couple of TV Western stalwarts, John McIntire from 'Wagon Train' and 'The Tall Man' Barry Sullivan. There's something interesting about TV good guys taking on bad guy roles, and Sullivan's portrayal of Jim Flood in this story is that of an affable outlaw with a unique brand of personal integrity. I thought he did a pretty good job.

It's interesting too that Seven Jones (Murphy) never does find out the details behind the murder of his brother 'Two', all of that becomes known to the viewer but the hero is never let in on the secret. I won't give it away, you'll just have to catch the picture, but it's one of those things that wind up rare in movie Westerns.

As for 'Seven's' name, I wound up thinking about that for a while and came to the conclusion that it was a colorful way of Jones's father to come up with his boys' names. Maybe it was a little lazy, but it certainly was a lot better than boxer George Foreman naming all of his six sons George, distinguished only as Jr., III, IV, V and VI. I don't believe they ever had descriptives attached to their names like 'Two for the Money' or 'Seven Ways From Sundown', so being born into that Jones family must have been pretty unique. Still a little confusing though.

Say, how about that under the table, Han Solo-like shot by Jones against one of the bounty hunters coming after Flood in that saloon scene, almost two full decades before "Star Wars" came around? It looked pretty novel when I first saw the space fantasy, but I've seen the move more than once now in movie Westerns, so I guess you'd have to say George Lucas borrowed the idea when he wrote the scene. I think it comes off more surprising in "Star Wars", in a Western you almost expect it.

Well, it's too bad it had to come to that kind of an ending for Jim Flood. He was actually a pretty decent guy for an outlaw, and we never did come to learn why he was such a bad guy, except for the cryptic reference I made earlier. You come away from the picture believing he let Jones get away with outdrawing him, a fatal career move that one only gets to make once.
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7/10
Sullivan and Murphy great together
daviddaphneredding6 August 2012
In this western starring the experienced and capable actor Audie Murphy and the veteran actor Barry Sullivan, Murphy is a somewhat green Texas ranger who is reluctantly sent to bring the outlaw Jim Ford to justice in New Mexico:the setting of New Mexico is, in truth, Utah. Jim Ford is a suave, intelligent man who is, nonetheless, dangerous. In the story the two cross a long, seemingly-never-ending desert, fighting off Ford's enemies, the enemies of Seven-Ways-From-Sundown(Murphy's character's name) and fighting the Indians, who are the enemies of both men. Though Seven-Ways-From-Sundown is, again, inexperienced, he is completely determined to bring Ford back. Though the movie seems somewhat long, no one is jaded from watching it. It is slow-moving but maintains the attention of the viewer(s). A great flick.
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5/10
Amiable, Entertaining Little Horse Opera with Audie Murphy
zardoz-132 October 2015
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"Seven Ways from Sundown" producer Gordon Kay began his career as an associate producer bank rolling westerns in the late 1940s with Allen Lane as the cowboy champion. Indeed, Kay spent the bulk of his career producing sagebrushers, with occasional forays into social drama "Voice in the Mirror," the Esther Williams vehicle "An Unguarded Moment," the George Nader suspense thriller "Man Afraid," .the Tony Randall animal comedy about a lion "Fluffy," and a World War II combat saga "The Young Warriors" with "Virginian" James Drury. "Seven Ways from Sundown" was the second of seven sagas that Kay produced with Audie Murphy riding tall in the saddle. You can spot the usual Universal Pictures back lot sets. Interesting enough, "Seven Ways from Sundown" used the same Ranger headquarters set that the television western "Laredo," about Texas Rangers, used for its two season run. The scenic Alabama Hills look majestic in the sprawling outdoors scenes with the principals riding through them. Veteran western novelist Clair Huffaker of "The War Wagon" adapted his own novel for the screen with "Fort Dodge Stampede" director Harry Keller, who helmed six of Murphy's sagebrushers, calling the shots. No, "Seven Ways from Sundown" isn't half as good as "The War Wagon." Meanwhile, Keller collaborated on eight films with producer Gordon Kay. He helmed "Covered Wagon Raid," "Man Afraid," "Voice in the Mirror," "The Unguarded Moment," "Six Black Horses," "Day of the Badman," "Quantez," and "Seven Ways to Sundown." This formulaic, 80-minute, horse opera about a heroic young man and an older villainous gent makes for an amiable, easy-going, but mildly entertaining western. Former World War 2 hero Murphy is adequately cast as the wet-back-the-ears Texas Ranger protagonist, while Barry Sullivan has a field day as his charismatic quarry. In many ways, Keller and Huffaker look like they must have seen those memorable Randolph Scott westerns that Bud Boetticher directed and Burt Kennedy wrote where the villains were so charming that they emerges as sympathetic. Initially, trigger-happy hellion Jim Flood (Barry Sullivan of NBC-TV's "The Tall Men") is shown killing for four, well-armed hombres and burning down a saloon. Our hero, Seven Ways (Audie Murphy of "To Hell and Back"), rides onto the scene the day after the conflagration armed only with a Winchester repeating rifle. It seems that he has only recently signed up with the Rangers. The irate citizens are prepared to lynch him for turning up so late in the game, so he skedaddles before they can lay hands on him. In the town of Buckley, Texas Ranger Lieutenant Herly (Kenneth Tobey of "The Thing from Another World") orders Sergeant Henessey (John McIntire of "Backlash") to take the kid along with him to capture Flood. Henessey argues that Herly should send more men after Flood. It turns out that Henessey knows a lot about the elusive Flood. He knows enough about the outlaw to not trust anything that any of Flood's friends or acquaintances tells him about the gunman. As they embark on their search for Flood, Henessey has to wet-nurse Seven because the young man doesn't know squat about handling a six-gun, but he is a crack shot with his Winchester. Eventually, Seven gets pretty adept with his Colt's revolver and proves himself in later scenes when he is forced to intervene in predicaments.

Things take a dramatic turn for the worst when the cunning Flood bushwhacks Henessey on the trail and the older Ranger, who had served as a mentor for Seven Ways, dies. Seven refuses to heed Hennessey's advice to forget about Flood and ride back to Texas. Our tenacious young hero catches up with Flood, wounds him with a lucky shot, and takes him captive. The two men form a relationship vaguely reminiscent of that between Seven and Henessey. Keller and Huffaker never let us forget about the treacherous of Ranger Lieutenant Herly whose cowardice prompted the death of Two for the Money Jones, one of Seven's older brothers. The cast is sturdy, and the dialogue is memorable, though the storyline remains a mite formulaic. Our hero is given a love interest, but the action sidetracks this affair for the search for Flood. "Seven Ways to Sundown" is the kind of oater where the hero and the villain bond but in the long run they have to turn on each other for one to survive. The Italians would take this dramatic situation and work it out in some instances, particularly in Sergio Corbucci's westerns where the hero and villain would reconcile their differences and emerge as friends.
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The red way to courage
dbdumonteil7 November 2011
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When the movie begins,"Seven" looks like a clueless kid ,cmpletely immature;and it is all to the credit to Audie Murphy,the most decorated soldier in WW2,to give this kind of performance.The first meal with the girl's mother makes him look like the son of the house.

His mission is actually an initiation :he is in need of a father /big brother ;first Sgt Hennessy ,then Jim Flood will play the role :the scene when they play poker with beans is revealing:and if you do not think it is,check out the last line .Flood is actually a complex man:not really a hero,for he committed a crime,but far from being a villain,who gives his knife to a kid (the key to his character is perhaps his absence of child .At the end of the movie,when Seven has grown into a man and is about to marry the girl,he lets himself killed for his mission of a father is over
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7/10
Better than average Western with a sympathetic relationship between Ranger/Audie Murphy and gunfighter/Barry Sullivan
ma-cortes6 August 2020
Good film with deft performances from all concerned with continual element of surprises , thrills , humour and turning of the tables . Revolving around a lawman : Audie Murphy , nicknamed "Seven Ways from Sundown" Jones- thus the title- joins the Texas Rangers , as he puts on a badge as a Texas Ranger , accompanying ranger-veteran Hennessey : John McIntire . As his first assignment is to capture the bad guy , skillfully played by Barry Sullivan. Catching him, in New Mexico, is not near the job that getting him back to a Texas jail . Along the way , Audie has to escort back to justice, while must fight and standing against impossible odds , as he has to confront outlaw Sullivan , gunmen and Indians . On the way back to town the two develop a special relationship and while turning-of-the-tables and passes up numerous chances to escape - but in the end Sullivan "asks for it" and Murphy obliges.

An intelligent and brooding Western with a great main and support cast giving awesome interpretations , concerning a curiously close relationship between amiable Audie and wily gunslinger Sullivan . Decent and enjoyable Western with magnificent interpretations from Barry Sullivan and Audie Murphy and a splendid plethora of secondaries . An intelligent , adult and impressively tense Western based on a story and screenplay by Clair Huffaker . The inventive storyline has the vein of humour that keeps this sort of movie going well , and of course , adding usual fights and shootouts , here with a subtle difference . A top-notch cast under superb direction by Harry Keller makes this movie notable in every aspect , being shot on Universal International Pictures scenarios and locations that serve to increase the mood of extreme tension .This acceptable , simple , powerful picture tells a peculiar and likeable relationsip , though , ultimately , things go wrong . Hollywood production full of interesting characters , shootouts and intense drama . This ¨Seven Ways from Sundown¨not the best Western ever,...but pretty darn close . Director managed to create a nice work of art with fine acting , appropriate scenarios , and attractive plot . It provides wonderful sociological lessons that are timeless and transcend the genre . Bursting with appealing , top-drawer characters, including adequate filmmaking and interpretation . The confrontation results to be tense , charged and riveting . This is one of a clutch of acceptable horse operas Universal International Pictures made in the forties , in the late 50s and the early sixties . Here Murphie is again the kid , giving an agreeable acting as ¨Seven ways from Sundown¨whose father numbered the kids and the mother embellished the numbers . While Barry Sullivan is Jim Flood, a famous outlaw who eluded the law for years . They are well accompanied by gorgeous Venetia Stevenson , and an extraordinary plethora of secondaries as John McIntire Kenneth Tobey , Mary Field , Suzanne Lloyd , Don Haggerty , Jack Kruschen , among others .

Thrilling and atmospheric music by Irving Gertz and William Lava . As well as colorful and brilliant Cinematography by Ellis W. Carter. The motion picture was efficiently produced by Gordon Kay and professionally directed by Harry Keller . Harry worked at Republic Pictures , specializing in westerns , where he shot a lot , such as : Phantom Stallion , Red River Shore ,Paso Stampede , Bandits of the West , Savage Frontier , Marshal of Cedar Rock , Thundering Caravans , Black Hills Ambush , Rose Cimarron , Fort Dodge , Stampede , Desert of lost men , Tarnished and most of them starred by Allan Lane and Rex Allen . When that studio folded he went to Universal, directing westerns again : Quantez , Gundown at Sandoval , 6 Black Horses , interspersed with some dramas/thrillers : Step Down to Terror , Man Afraid , Voice in the mirror , Female Animal , comedies : Tammy and the Doctor and war pictures : In Enemy Country. In the late 1960s he stopped directing films and started producing them, although he did keep his hand in directing TV shows. And making TV Westerns : Texas John Slaughter : Stampede at Bitter Creek ; Texas John Slaughter : Wild times . Keller gained some degree of fame as the director called in by Universal to reshoot scenes from Orson Welles' masterpiece Touch of evil (1958), and by most accounts -including Welles'- matched Welles' style quite well . Rating . 6.5/10 . Better than average western . Well worth watching , exciting stuff .
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8/10
Good Murphy western
coltras3524 January 2021
Audie Murphy stars as Texas Ranger who has a long and strange name, and Barry Sullivan plays Jim Flood, the outlaw Audie has to bring back to face justice, but it's isn't so easy. There's injuns, bounty hunters en route and, most dangerous of them all, Jim Flood's charm. Sullivan plays an outlaw with a lot of charm and he's quite cunning, but so is Audie. There's a nice little twist regarding Seven's late brother who been killed by Flood, good dialogue ( especially Sullivan's lines) and an engaging plot that keeps everything simmering. It's a bit slow in the beginning but it picks up later. However, the main attraction of this film is Murphy's and Sullivan's interplay; they are different as night and day and that makes it interesting.
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5/10
Steak and beans; let's be friends.
michaelRokeefe29 June 2015
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Clair Huffaker's novel and screenplay is put in the hands of director Harry Keller. Riding on Audie Murphy's popularity, how can you lose? Our hero was born into a large family and the sons were given numerical names; thus Seven Ways To Sundown Jones(Murphy). Adventure and drama as Jones, a young Texas Ranger, is teamed with veteran Ranger Sergeant Henessey (John McIntire)to capture and bring back a wanted man. Jim Flood(Barry Sullivan)is a charming criminal and very skillful, but his trail is picked up by the two Rangers. Flood manages to ambush the two and Henessey is killed. The young Jones carries on with the mission and finally apprehends Flood.

On the way back, Jones seems to realize that Flood isn't that bad of a guy after all. Sharing steak and beans, the two ride on and encounter bounty hunters and Indians. Will this become a strong friendship? Will the Texas Ranger bring in his man dead or alive? It appears at times there was a short budget to work with. But acting is good and the dialogue keeps the movie interesting. Also in the cast: Venetia Stevenson, Kenneth Tobey, Suzanne Lloyd, Jack Krushen, Ward Ramsey and Mary Field. There are small roles for Don Haggerty and Teddy Rooney.
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7/10
Badguy 'steals' the show!
damianphelps2 September 2020
Highly enjoyable movie find our hero Seven in pursuit of famed super villain Flood (Barry Sullivan).

As usual Murphy delivers as he transitions from naive rookie to seasoned professional all the while being casually manoeuvred by Sullivan.

As good as Murphy is in the movie, its Sullivan who really owns the film. Playing the suave, charismatic and in an odd way loyal baddie moving from town to town almost as a Robin Hood type persona. He manages to swash buckle his way through the film without a cutlass or a parrot!

Have fun watching this one :)
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8/10
audie was very good
sandcrab2776 September 2020
I've never been a fan of barry sullivan since he's always come across as too full of himself ..." forty guns " " a gathering of eagles " and " harbormaster " comes to mind ... he just isn't shrewd enough to overcome audie's down home appeal and common sense along with his duty to get the job done in spite of all obstacles
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6/10
MURPHY DID BETTER W/DIABLO...!
masonfisk15 January 2020
An Audie Murphy Western from 1960. Murphy plays a Texas ranger tasked w/bringing in a charming desperado. Once caught & led back to justice, Murphy & Jim Flood, played by Barry Sullivan, soon become friends even though Sullivan may be a helluva guy, he's a clear cut sociopath (in the film's opening he races from a saloon w/guns a-blazing & for good measure he sets the establishment on fire). What is essentially the same plot for another Murphy oater, 1954's Ride Clear of Diablo, w/Dan Duryea playing the Sullivan part, the film is stacked in Sullivan's favor even though by no stretch of the imagination does he engender any audience sympathy. Look for John McIntire as Murphy's partner, Kenneth Tobey as a fellow ranger & Jack Kruschen who memorably played Dr. Dreyfus in The Apartment which he received an Oscar nomination for in the same year.
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