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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.

Director:

Herbert Coleman

Writers:

Clair Huffaker (screenplay), Clair Huffaker (novel)
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Cast

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 Ward Ramsey ... Marshal Isaac Webb
Lee Van Cleef ... Leo
Ray Teal ... Banker
Forrest Lewis Forrest Lewis ... Doctor Welles
Charles Horvath ... Hash
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Storyline

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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Two steel-nerved and two-fisted men take apart a gang of gun-mad killers who had looted the whole Southwest! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die gnadenlosen Vier See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Last film for Allan Lane See more »

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The direction Audie Murphy is directed is "North" but shadows make this unlikely if not impossible. See more »

Quotes

Seymour Kern: Why did you come along, Johnny?
Johnny Caddo: It's what a man should do.
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Murphy at his best
27 August 2008 | by junkof9-1See all my reviews

I've long been a fan of Audie Murphy and event his lesser movies are better than most of the drivel that comes out of Hollywood today.

This is a good movie on its merits and not just as a vehicle for Murphy. It works well on all levels - story, acting, and directing. What I most enjoyed is the fact each actor is given screen time to rise above the stereotypes and create a memorable character - even if they only have a few lines.

The two I remember most are the young banker Seymour Kern (John Saxon) and the Mexican cowboy Johnny Caddo (Rudolph Acosta). Saxon in particular does well showing true, believable growth; he isn't just there as a foil/sidekick for Murphy to play off of but as a genuine character treated as equally important to the storyline. Acosta, usually a villain in the movies, plays an equally important role as a Spanish cowboy who joins simply because "it's the right thing to do".


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