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Hell Bent for Leather (1960)

Approved | | Western | 1 February 1960 (USA)
Mistaken for a murderous outlaw, an innocent passerby is forced to go on the run to try and clear his name by catching the real culprit.

Director:

George Sherman

Writer:

Christopher Knopf (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Clay
Felicia Farr ... Janet
Stephen McNally ... Deckett
Robert Middleton ... Ambrose
James Westmoreland ... Moon (as Rad Fulton)
Jan Merlin ... Travers
Herbert Rudley ... Perrick
Malcolm Atterbury ... Gamble
Joseph Ruskin ... Shad
Allan Lane ... Kelsey
John Qualen ... Old Ben
Eddie Little Sky ... William
Steve Gravers ... Grover
Beau Gentry Beau Gentry ... Stone
Bob Steele ... Jared
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Storyline

When Clay Santell stops in the town of Sutterville after having his horse stolen, he is mistaken by townspeople for a murderer named Travers. The townspeople capture Santell, and turn him over to lawman Harry Deckett. Deckett, who is tired of chasing the real Travers, decides to kill Santell and pass him off as Travers. Santell escapes from Deckett, taking lovely Janet Gifford hostage in the process. Janet comes to believe Santell's story, and helps him in his struggle to prove his real identity. Written by Michelle Sturges

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Target For Terror!

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 February 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Hell Bent for Paradise See more »

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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When Clay Santell (Audie Murphy) and Janet Gifford (Felicia Farr) made their escape from Ambrose (Robert Middleton) and his brothers, Clay got away on a second horse he took after paying forty dollars for the first one. But later, on the trail to Paradise, they only have the one horse Janet is riding on. One horse goes lame there is scene showing this. See more »

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enjoyable, unassuming, faultless Western
21 November 2011 | by chipeSee all my reviews

Fans of Western movies will not be disappointed. While not a great or even distinguished Western, it also LACKS the faults of so many other Westerns. On the plus side it can boast good colorful outdoor mountainous locations and cinema-photography , leading and supporting actors, a believable situation and a literate imaginative script. On the negative side: zero; I can't think of anything laughable, offensive or jarring. Audie Murphy looked and acted good. Felicia Farr looked better, even gorgeous. And Stephen McNally stole the movie with his acting chops. Robert Middleton was his usual excellent self in a brief suspenseful scene during Murphy's chase from McNally. Jan Merlin did well as a villain.

I thought it was an interesting and unusual motive for Sheriff McNally's lying that Murphy and not Merlin was the criminal being chased. I won't reveal it in this review, though it is spelled out in most of the other reviews here. The reason puzzled me throughout watching the film, and it was finally revealed at the conclusion. Also intriguing was how Murphy would extricate himself from his predicament. Finally, kudos for Farr's back story. Surprising that there were no romantic scenes (embraces, kisses, etc.) between the two leads, Murphy and Farr, though the last scene had then leave hand in hand.


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