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Welcome to Hard Times (1967)

Approved | | Drama, Western | June 1967 (Austria)
A sociopathic stranger all but destroys a small hardscrabble town but the 'mayor' convinces its survivors to stay and rebuild.

Director:

Burt Kennedy

Writers:

E.L. Doctorow (novel), Burt Kennedy
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Fonda ... Mayor Will Blue
Janice Rule ... Molly Riordan
Keenan Wynn ... Zar
Janis Paige ... Adah
John Anderson ... Ezra Maple / Isaac Maple
Warren Oates ... Leo Jenks
Fay Spain ... Jessie
Edgar Buchanan ... Brown
Aldo Ray ... Man from Bodie
Denver Pyle ... Alfie - Stage Driver
Michael Shea Michael Shea ... Jimmy Fee
Arlene Golonka ... Mae
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Avery (as Lon Chaney)
Royal Dano ... John Bear
Alan Baxter ... Jack Millay
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Storyline

In the town of Hard Times, a stranger rides in and terrorizes the small settlement. He kills a number of townsfolk, including Fee, the town's founder. Mayor Will Blue fails to stand up to the man, who rapes saloon whore Molly and burns down the town. Blue promises to rebuild the town after the stranger rides on, but the townsfolk give up and leave. A wagon load of prostitutes led by "entrepeneur" Zar shows up and together with Blue, they rebuild the town. But Molly's desire for revenge and her anger at Blue for not protecting her eat at her, and Blue promises that things will be different when the stranger returns. And return he does. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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One bullet can kill a town - just like a man! See more »

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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

June 1967 (Austria) See more »

Also Known As:

Killer on a Horse See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Mayor Blu mentions he is 49 years old at one point and turning 50 at another and yet Henry Fonda was well over 60 at the time of the filming. See more »

Goofs

Although there are seven barrels and crates on the stagecoach, John Anderson is able to unload them in the five seconds he is off-screen. See more »

Quotes

Ezra Maple: [to Blue] A man's a fool if he doesn't know when to move on.
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Soundtracks

O, Come, O Ye Faithful
("Adeste Fideles")
Composed by Frederick Oakeley
Played at Christmas in tent bar.
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The Viewer is in for some hard times
19 January 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Burt Kennedy who made so many good comic westerns back in the day, tried his hand at a serious realistic western and fell flat on his face with it. Henry Fonda must have felt like Tyrone Power in Nightmare Alley, he and the film got great critical reviews and the public stayed away in droves.

No accident, western fans expect certain things in their films and Welcome to Hard Times delivers none of them. It is a realistic depiction of the growth of a western town, maybe too realistic.

Henry Fonda is the mayor of this little burg and purportedly the hero of the piece. Problem is that there is nothing heroic about Fonda nor the town's people.

Aldo Ray is the silent Man from Bodie, the villain of the story. He's about the worst villain on screen since Liberty Valance, without any redeeming characteristics. He defiles some of the women, shoots some of the men, and sets fire to the town. A few including Henry Fonda try to stop him and fail. Fonda fails in a moment of weakness.

Fonda's girl friend Janice Rule is among the defiled and she grows understandably bitter. The main story line is the conflict between Rule and Fonda, especially over young Michael Shea whose father was killed by Aldo Ray and who Fonda has now taken over raising.

Some veteran players like Keenan Wynn, Warren Oates, Denver Pyle, Edgar Buchanan, and Lon Chaney, Jr., make things interesting as the story drags on. There is of course a final and very bloody confrontation again with Aldo Ray that has some unexpected consequences.

Somebody should have told the town of Hard Times what the town in Johnny Concho did about William Conrad who was in the Aldo Ray role in that film. The solution to the problems of Hard Times was right there.


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