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Black Spurs (1965)

Approved | | Western | 1 June 1965 (USA)
A man becomes a bounty hunter to earn enough to marry the woman he loves, but when he returns to their Kansas town, she has married the sheriff instead which prompts him to scheme revenge by ruining the town's reputation.


R.G. Springsteen


Steve Fisher




Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Calhoun ... Santee
Linda Darnell ... Sadie
Terry Moore ... Anna Elkins
Scott Brady ... Rev. Tanner
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Gus Kile (as Lon Chaney)
Richard Arlen ... Pete Muchin
Bruce Cabot ... Bill Henderson
Patricia Owens ... Clare Grubbs
James Best ... Sheriff Ralph Elkins
Jerome Courtland ... Sam Grubbs
DeForest Kelley ... Sheriff Dal Nemo
Joseph Hoover Joseph Hoover ... Swifty
James Brown ... Sheriff
Robert Carricart ... El Pescadore
Barbara Wilkin Barbara Wilkin ... Mrs. Rourke


A dissatisfied ranch hand becomes a bounty hunter. He conspires with a crooked town boss to dirty up a neighboring village where a valuable railroad franchise is headed, in order to divert it to the town the boss owns. Then, he finds that his former fiancée is married to the sheriff of the town he seeks to destroy. Written by phillindholm

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The movie were released some months after Linda Darnell's death. See more »


Very obvious use of stunt doubles in the fight between Santee (Rory Calhoun (I)) and Rev. Tanner (Scott Brady (I)). See more »


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Career Change
12 December 2012 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Rory Calhoun is a young cowboy who is seeking a career change with upward mobility and big money. His fiancé Terry Moore does not like the fact he wants to be a bounty hunter and leaves him and marries someone else. Years later Calhoun and Moore get reunited sort of when he comes to her town to take it over on behalf of Lon Chaney, Jr. who wants it wild and lawless so the railroad won't use it as a route.

The title of the film comes from the first outlaw that Calhoun does in, a gentlemen from Mexico named El Pescador played by Robert Carricart who has a trademark of Black Spurs. When Calhoun shoots Carricart down in a gun duel, he takes the spurs and wears them for himself now.

This A.C. Lyles western was the farewell film for Linda Darnell who is second billed though this is distinctly a supporting role. Darnell plays the head of a troupe of saloon girls imported to bring down the town's morals. They look like they know their business. Black Spurs was released posthumously after Darnell died in that tragic house fire.

Such A.C. Lyles regulars as Richard Arlen, Bruce Cabot, Scott Brady and DeForest Kelley are in the cast as well. Not the best or the worst of A.C. Lyles geezer westerns, but western fans should be pleased.

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1 June 1965 (USA) See more »

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A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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