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Showdown (1963)

Approved | | Western | 3 May 1963 (USA)
A cowboy has to get 12,000 dollars in stolen bonds from the ex-girlfriend of his partner, or the gang holding him hostage will kill him.


R.G. Springsteen


Ric Hardman (as Bronson Howitzer)




Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Chris Foster
Kathleen Crowley ... Estelle
Charles Drake ... Bert Pickett
Harold J. Stone ... Lavalle
Skip Homeier ... Caslon
L.Q. Jones ... Foray
Strother Martin ... Charlie Reeder
Charles Horvath ... Hebron
John McKee John McKee ... Marshal Beaudine
Henry Wills ... Chaca
Joe Haworth Joe Haworth ... Guard
Kevin Brodie ... Buster
Carol Thurston ... Smithy's Wife
Dabbs Greer ... Express Man


Chris Foster and Bert Pickett are two drifters who are passing through the border town of Adonde. There, a drunken Bert gets into a brawl at a card game and punches the town sheriff.Chris tries to help Bert get away but the sheriff arrests both men.The town doesn't have a jail and the sheriff usually chains the prisoners by the neck to a wooden post in the town square.Bert and Chris, wearing iron collars around their necks, are chained to the post. Also chained to the same post are the town drunk and the violent gang of famous wanted outlaw Lavalle. The outlaws have more to lose than Bert and Chris who only have to serve a few days chained to the post.Therefore, Lavalle and his men start digging around the post to free themselves.Unfortunatelly, they also force Bert and Chris to participate in the escape attempt. Written by nufs68

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Enemies Chained Together Like Mad Dogs!




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Producer Gordon Kay shot the film in black and white, to save money, which infuriated Murphy but the movie earned about the same as other Murphy films of the era. See more »


Left behind when a gang steal saddleless horses Chris and Burt make their getaway on the two remaining horses and later while taking a breather are found by two of the gang who take them to a small ranch where the rest of the gang are hiding. The following morning when every on leaves all the horses are saddled. See more »

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Terse Audie Murphy western
6 August 2020 | by coltras35See all my reviews

I always liked this western, it'd a great atmosphere and a solid plot. Pity it's underrated. Audie stars as a cowpoke, who along with Charles Drake, rides into a one horse town to collect their money before ending up imprisoned with outlaws, and when a breakout occurs they find themselves up to their neck in trouble. There's a strange kind of jail - a pole with chain shackling the prisoners. It adds a grim tone to the story, as does the black and white. I used to think that it should've been in colour, but I now think that monogram lends a certain noir-like element to it. There's also a grimness to it as well as some focus on the characters. Kathleen Crowley is really good as is Charles Drake and the villain who has a real menace. The locations are really good, the chase scenes are really nifty, particular liked the bit when Audie lassoes a sagebrush as he's riding the horse, causing dust to disorientate the baddie that's following him. Audie is really good here, reacts well to Kathleen Crowley's bitter tone, and shows some great athleticism and horsemanship.

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Release Date:

3 May 1963 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Iron Collar See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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