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Convict Stage (1965)

Approved | | Western | 17 June 1965 (USA)
Ben has been after the Sims brothers since they gunned down his sister. His wife, threatening to leave him, sees his chance to get her back and get his revenge when the brothers are ... See full summary »


Lesley Selander


Don 'Red' Barry (story) (as Donald Barry), Daniel Mainwaring (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Harry Lauter ... Ben Lattimore
Don 'Red' Barry ... Marshal Jethro Karnin (as Donald Barry)
Jodi Mitchell Jodi Mitchell ... Sally Latttimore
Hanna Landy ... Mrs. Gregory
Joe Patridge Joe Patridge ... Jeb Sims (as Joseph Patridge)
Eric Matthews Eric Matthews ... Johnny Sims
Walter Reed ... Sam Gill
Michael Carr ... Piute
Fred Krone ... Dixon
George Sawaya George Sawaya ... Adam Scott
Karl MacDonald Karl MacDonald ... Bates


Ben has been after the Sims brothers since they gunned down his sister. His wife, threatening to leave him, sees his chance to get her back and get his revenge when the brothers are captured and are to be transported to prison on the stage. Written by DrDOS

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Between Hell and Boot Hill... you took your chances on the Convict Stage and hoped you'd live to tell it!




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Sally Latttimore: It's not right to kill, Ben. No matter what the provocation, it's just not right.
Ben Lattimore: Sally, this is Arizona Territory, not a Quaker meeting house.
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Late B Western with Sharp, Beautiful, Black&White Camerawork
9 October 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Some time ago, stage-coach-robbing brothers Joe Partridge and Eric Matthews killed Harry Lauter's sister. He has been chasing them since. Marshall Red Barry has captured them and is taking them to prison by stage, and Lauter means to exact vengeance, though his wife tells him she won't be there when he returns. Others are there, too. Hannah Hertelendy, the robbers' mother is on the stage, and a drummer with a very large pistol...

The American B western had vanished under the assault of television. In 1965, the TV western was not in great shape and there was still a market for the darker western. 20th Century-Fox could always use one to offer for double or triple features, and if you could keep the budget down, you could give some professionals jobs and make yourself a few dollars, just like in the old days of the cinematic west. And that is what this was: classic, simple story, competent actors (mostly; I think Jodi Mitchell as Barry's wife offers poor line readings), some decent direction by Lesley Selander and the wide-open camerawork that was often the best part of the old B Western.

In many ways, it looks like a large and gracefully shot, serious episode of a TV western. It is distinguished by Gordon Avil's black-and-white cinematography of the badlands near Kanab, Utah -- John Ford Country, but contrary to legend, a lot of people shot westerns there. Lynn Reynolds was the first in 1924, a decade and a half before Ford first went there for DRUMS ALONG THE MOHAWK. Avil was born in Philadelphia in 1899. His career as a cinematographer began in 1929. By 1930, he had worked on King Vidor's BILLY THE KID. In 1931, it was THE CHAMP, again for Vidor. Then his screen credits vanished for 16 years. He returned to the camera in B movies and television work. After camerawork on a third of the episodes of HOGAN'S HEROES, he retired. He died of a heart attack in the Barbados in 1970.

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17 June 1965 (USA) See more »

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Stage to Boot Hill See more »

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Kanab, Utah, USA

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Steve Productions See more »
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1.37 : 1
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