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Bullet for a Badman (1964)

Approved | | Western | 1 September 1964 (USA)
Former Texas Rangers Sam Ward and Logan Keliher become enemies when Sam turns bank robber and Logan marries Sam's ex-wife.


R.G. Springsteen




Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Logan Keliher
Darren McGavin ... Sam Ward
Ruta Lee ... Lottie
Beverley Owen ... Susan
Skip Homeier ... Pink
George Tobias ... Diggs
Alan Hale Jr. ... Leach (as Alan Hale)
Berkeley Harris Berkeley Harris ... Jeff
Edward Platt ... Tucker (as Edward C. Platt)
Kevin Tate ... Sammy
Cece Whitney Cece Whitney ... Goldie
Mort Mills ... Ira Snow
Ray Teal ... Sweeper


Murphy plays ex-lawman who must strap on the guns again to catch a former nemesis, McGavin, who happens to be the ex husband of Murphy's wife and father of the boy that believes he's Murphy's son. Written by Rita Richardson

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Within a year of this film's release, five cast members had become regulars on hit sitcoms: Alan Hale Jr. (Gilligan's Island), Beverley Owen (The Munsters), Edward C. Platt (Get Smart), George Tobias (Bewitched) and Bob Steele (F Troop). See more »


Logan Keliher: We were friends once, Sam. It's not easy to shoot an old friend.
Sam Ward: Friend? That's a long way back, Logan. And I got one big advantage over you. You won't kill me unless you have to. I won't hesitate one second about killing you.
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Referenced in City Women (1971) See more »

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One Motley Posse
24 July 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In tis Western AudieMurphy is a rancher and former Texas Ranger charged with bringing in Darren McGavin the lone survivor of a gang that robbed a bank. Wounded McGavin got away with the loot

The posse Murphy winds up with is one motley crew, a scurvy a lot as you'd come across. Bringing McGavin back Murph has as much to fear from them as he does from the Apaches they run into,

McGavin was a Texas Ranger who did turn outlaw. He was also at one time married to Murphy's wife Beverley Owen and Murphy is raising Kevin Tate who is McGavin's son as his own.

Lots of tension and action in this western. A lot of familiar faces in this cast. A standout performance is that of Ruta Lee as the outlaw moll. She's one cynical lady who takes life as it comes.

A good one fom Audie Murphy.

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Release Date:

1 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Renegade Posse See more »

Filming Locations:

Snow Canyon, Utah, USA See more »


Box Office


$500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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