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Posse from Hell (1961)

Approved | | Western | 1 March 1961 (USA)
Banner Cole is a tough sheriff's deputy who forms a small posse to go after 4 death cell escapees who killed the sheriff , along with 3 other men, and kidnapped a woman with rape in mind.


Herbert Coleman


Clair Huffaker (screenplay), Clair Huffaker (novel)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... Banner Cole
John Saxon ... Seymour Kern
Zohra Lampert ... Helen Caldwell
Vic Morrow ... Crip
Robert Keith ... Captain Jeremiah Brown
Rodolfo Acosta ... Johnny Caddo (as Rudolph Acosta)
Royal Dano ... Uncle Billy
Frank Overton ... Burt Hogan
James Bell ... Benson
Paul Carr ... Jock Wiley
Ward Ramsey ... Marshal Isaac Webb
Lee Van Cleef ... Leo
Ray Teal ... Banker
Forrest Lewis ... Doctor Welles
Charles Horvath ... Hash


Murphy goes after bad guys who shot his friend the sheriff and abducted a local girl. In a plot reminiscent of High Noon, the posse of town blowhards gradually abandons Murphy; only tenderfoot banker Saxon remains, to prove his manhood. When they find the girl, obviously abused by her captors, Murphy shows her acceptance and sympathy whereas the others disply only revulsion. Written by <rita.richardson@arch2.nara.gov>

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Above average Eastmancolor B-Western with a good pace and one of Audie Murphy's most underrated.
20 February 2020 | by DeuceWild_77See all my reviews

Medium budget'd B-Western, starred by the all-american clean shaved Audie Murphy, one of the most condecorated combat soldiers of World War II which turned Hollywood star, mostly in Western films, with more than 40 credits in his resumé. Stoic, healthy, soft-spoken with a natural shyness, but projecting an on-screen likeability that earned him his loyal fanbase, Audie Murphy was (and still is) one of the most beloved American icons.

"Posse from Hell" directed by Herbert Coleman, making his debut in the director's chair after being an assistant director, and shot by Clifford Stine in the beautiful palette of Eastmancolor, is one of Audie's most underrated Westerns.

Written by Clair Huffaker, based on his own novel, tells the story of four fugitives from death row that rode to the pacific town of Paradise, and after killing the Town Marshal, they made hostage a beautiful girl and ran away with $11,200 from the Bank. Former gunfighter Banner Cole (Murphy) arrives to town the next day and makes a promise to the dying Marshal that will form a Posse and bring the four men to justice.

The story itself is nothing new to the genre and has been seen before in countless B-Westerns, but the way it was shot and paced, makes a joyful entertaining and exciting experience to the viewer. The movie looks good visually and the cinematography is above par, including nicely composed shots from Alabama Hills, Lone Pine and Olancha Dunes in California.

Audie Murphy plays himself effortlessly, with a good bunch of supporting players, including a young John Saxon; a sadly underused Vic Morrow as the leader of the fugitives pack; future Western icon, Lee Van Cleef; method actress Zohra Lampert and the character actors Robert Keith, Rodolfo Acosta, Frank Overton, Royal Dano and Ward Ramsey, among others.

"Posse from Hell" could have been more nastier (as the story suggests) and could have ended sooner, but with Audie aboard, he made sure that his moral valors and code of honor were there to the character's redemption, with the film ending in a positive note. Every Audie Murphy's is a happy end and that's what his fans want.

I give it a 7.5

Recommended !!

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1 March 1961 (USA) See more »

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$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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