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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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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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Together They Team Up As An Avenging Posse From Hell! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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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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Trivia

Allan Lane later became the voice of Mr. Ed the horse in the sitcom Mr. Ed starring Allan Young. See more »

Goofs

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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Posse from Hollyfad
15 September 1999 | by Brooks-9See all my reviews

The producer spent enough money on this film for it to have been a real tribute to Murphy and some new talent that came along with him. In spite of liberal financing, the chemistry of the picture is as a gourmet meal spoiling & decomposing over some hot days of being left out on the table -- and yet not as if this film had gone stale from protracted timing or over-working. Simply put: the production money had been spent in the wrong places; although technically, there was no lacking of potential, and a number of scenes are actually very good -- only to be spoilt in brand "x" followups & careless errors. The screenwriting editors seem greatly to be blamed. The cinematography was "competent" TV-style dead-panning, with little imagination. It seemed to have been deliberately sabotaged by corny, even shoddy, lapses in set, dialogue, and cinematography -- all set to lavishly overdone Gershwin music. It is as if somebody tried to make an upside-down parody of 'Schindler's List' into a Western -- and succeeded in canning all of the "vitality" of the picture. This film is as if all of the life had been taken out of 'Hud' and lot's of action / colour had been forced-in instead. This film is a cinematographical nightmare that one has in the early morning hours before awaking, after eating too much of a rich dinner. Audie should have known better than to have made this film the way it was; he ought to have produced it himself and done it right. In sum, 'POSSE...' is one of the examples of fine Westerns ceasing to be made. At best, it paved the way for the "spaghetti" phenomena that ushered in the Clint Eastwood era...and the last death throws of the Westerns' golden age [...1927-1961...]. One can only ask, 'Why?'


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