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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.

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R.G. Springsteen
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Cast

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 Kevin Tate ... Sammy
Cece Whitney Cece Whitney ... Goldie
Mort Mills ... Ira Snow
Ray Teal ... Sweeper
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Storyline

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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The Gunslinger Whose Life He Had Saved Forced Him To Stand In The Path Of A... Bullet for a Badman See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Renegade Posse See more »

Filming Locations:

Snow Canyon, Utah, USA See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

It was while filming this movie that Alan Hale Jr. got his casting call for Gilligan's Island (1964). He had to ride out of Zions National Park in St. George, Utah on horseback to the highway and hitchhike to Las Vegas to fly out to the interview. See more »

Quotes

Lottie: Oh, I bet you know how to spend your money, Sam.
Sam Ward: Well now, I tell you... I've never been able to save any.
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Connections

Referenced in City Women (1971) See more »

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Program western meets expectations.
26 April 2002 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The last of the Audie Murphy's are the best. The early ones are enough to put anyone off watching Budd Boetticher's work.

"Bullet for a Badman" is solidly crafted and, in the scenes of the posse holding off the "murderin' Pachees" that grizzled old timer Tobias warns about, has an effective set piece. The traveling shot where the riders lift above the moving camera, as they gallop up the ridge, must have gotten a cheer in the theatrical runs.

Murphy's character, the Texas Ranger who retired to look after the wife and child of his jailed chum, Darren McGavin, is too saintly for all but the most gullible but McGavin's study in vengeful, shaded macho is just what the film needs. He's surprisingly plausible in the saddle. The men are nicely chosen and effective, with Springsteen's experience showing in the way they ride and handle weapons, used to build their characters - the best cowboy movie tradition.

The women get by in the scrubbed up manner which undermines these films' pretensions to realism.

The colour is OK but Joe Biroc did a lot better and the score, credited on the film to veteran Skinner, is on the glum side. The use of stunt doubles for the leads is too obvious too.

These Universal westerns were good value once they got a hint of production value, even if this one doesn't compare to the best of the Delmer Daves- John Sturges - Anthony Mann cycle.


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