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More Dead Than Alive (1969)

Released from prison after 18 years, notorious gunslinger 'Killer' Cain is a peaceful reformed man but the Old West has died and he cannot adapt to the modern West where some unpaid moral debts and old troubles resurface.

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George Schenck
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Walker ... Cain
Vincent Price ... Dan Ruffalo
Anne Francis ... Monica Alton
Paul Hampton ... Billy Valence
Craig Littler ... Karma
Mike Henry ... Luke Santee
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Carson
Beverly Powers Beverly Powers ... Sheree
William Woodson William Woodson ... Warden
Harry Lauter ... Doctor
Eric Matthews Eric Matthews ... Wes Santee
Robert Foulk ... Brill
Frank Baxter Frank Baxter ... Banker
Andy Albin Andy Albin ... Fletcher
Emile Meyer ... Bartender
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Storyline

When the multiple murderer Cain is released from prison after 18 years, he wants to settle down as a rancher and never touch a gun again. But his former life haunts him; not only that nobody wants to give him a job, some villains also want to pay him back. So he has to accept the offer of showman Ruffalo to perform as "Killer Cain" in his traveling shooting show. However after 18 years without practice even Ruffalo's young assistant Billy shoots better than Cain. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Gunslinger Rebellion - WINNER KILL ALL! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some western violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mais Morto que Vivo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The fort at the Vasquez Rocks location ,used here as a prison, was built by Columba studios in the mid fifties for the television series 'Tales of the 77th Bengal Lancers' at a cost of nearly 118,000 dollars. See more »

Goofs

Cain's gun is supposed to have 12 notches, but a closeup only shows 8 notches. See more »

Quotes

Billy Valence: You're not gonna shoot me, are you?
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Connections

Referenced in McCloud: Top of the World, Ma! (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Messenger
Lyrics by Irwin Levine
Music by Philip Springer
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A real schizo western!
15 December 2003 | by Wizard-8See all my reviews

Despite its eccentric cast, MORE DEAD THAN ALIVE seems to be forgotten - for one thing, it's not even listed in the Leonard Maltin movie guide, and has never been released on video or DVD. Forgotten or not, it's one strange western! It starts off with a grisly (and lengthy) action sequence where the blood flies, then becomes sedate until near the end, where it suddenly turns grisly and bloody again! Inbetween it's a somewhat meandering but occasionally interesting western, with some bizarre directorial touches (like how many times a cut to another scene is done by someone or something walking straight up to the camera), but all the same has you wondering how this sympathetic ex-gunfighter will end up. You probably won't guess it, considering how the final scene had my jaw slack right open! Probably still worth seeing just for the chance of viewing Vincent Price in a western.


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