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Black Spurs (1965)

Approved | | Western | 1 June 1965 (USA)
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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

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
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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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Bounty Hunter-Law Abiding Killer! See more »

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Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espuelas negras See more »

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Production Co:

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

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Final film of Linda Darnell. See more »

Goofs

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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Good Cast but Weak Western
17 July 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Black Spurs (1965)

* 1/2 (out of 4)

A ranch hand named Santee (Rory Calhoun) grows tired of being poor so he decides to turn into a bounty hunter so that he can collect some big rewards. After being successful at this he decides to move in on a local town to take it over because he knows a railroad is about to come through. BLACK SPURS has a very interesting cast but sadly that's about the only thing the movie has going for it. This is a pretty strange Western to watch and especially when you consider it was 1965. By this time most Westerns like this weren't being made anymore as the story, structure and overall feel of this makes you seem like it would have been better fit in the 1940s. I think the main reason people are going to come to this film are for the stars. Calhoun isn't very well known today but he has a strong devoted group of fans who will probably be the only ones wanting to watch this. He's pretty good in the film as he has no problem playing rough and later on more soft-hearted. The supporting cast includes some very familiar faces including Linda Darnell and Scott Brady as well as the likes of Lon Chaney, Jr. and Bruce Cabot. Those coming to this film to see Chaney and Cabot might be disappointed to see their roles so small but both actors are still good. BLACK SPURS features some rather routine gunfights that never get too exciting and we're also treated to a sidestory between Calhoun and Darnell that really doesn't add up to much and the big twist is something you'll see coming from a mile away.


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