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Six Black Horses (1962)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 24 April 1962 (USA)
A beautiful woman with an ulterior motive hires two gunslingers to escort her through Indian territory so she can be reunited with her awaiting husband.

Director:

Harry Keller

Writer:

Burt Kennedy
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Cast

Credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Ben Lane
Dan Duryea ... Frank Jesse
Joan O'Brien ... Kelly
George Wallace ... Will Boone
Roy Barcroft ... Mustanger
Bob Steele ... Puncher
Henry Wills ... Indian leader
Phil Chambers ... Undertaker
Charlita Charlita ... Mexican dancer (as Charlita Regis)
Dale Van Sickel ... Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Collie ... Dog riding Mule or Horse
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Storyline

Audie and Dan Duryea are hired by a mysterious woman to take her across Indian country to her husband. On the way, she tries to seduce Audie by offering to give him Duryea's share of the money if he will help her achieve her real goal: kill Duryea for having killed her husband. Audie dreams of getting enough money to buy a ranch of his own, but his loyalty to his friend prevails. In the end, however, Murphy is forced to kill Duryea in a shootout when Duryea draws on him in a greedy attempt to finish the job even though continuing will likely get all three of them killed. After the shootout Duryea gets his final wish: a funeral carriage pulled by - you guessed it - six black horses. Written by Rita Richardson <RRichar790@aol.com>

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Drama | Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1962 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

$500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Burt Kennedy wrote this and Ride Lonesome. In both an Indian wants to trade the woman for a horse. Also, both use the quote, "There are some things a man can't ride around." See more »

Quotes

Ben Lane: They got a horse.
Frank Jesse: So?
Ben Lane: A good one they claim. They wanna make a trade.
Kelly: For what?
Ben Lane: You.
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Referenced in The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Blood Bargain (1963) See more »

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"Always Check The Brand"
26 December 1999 | by stryker-5See all my reviews

Audie Murphy said of his film career that he himself remained the same throughout, and the scripts didn't vary much - it was only the horses that changed. This rather ordinary western fits neatly into the Murphy catalogue.

A cowpoke befriends a fellow drifter who rescues him from a lynch mob. In the town of Perdido the two pals are hired by a beautiful woman to escort her across indian territory. It turns out that Kelly (Joan O'Brien) has an ulterior motive.

Dan Duryea and Murphy combine well enough as the chalk-and-cheese buddies. The film contains a good mariachi funeral, and the dialogue-free opening sequence is well done, telling the story in visual language. The picturesque setting of sandstone outcrops and flat scrubland (filmed in Utah, of all places) provides an attractive backdrop for the action.

When all is said and done, however, "Six Black Horses" is a fairly brainless oater from the early 1960's. You know the sort of thing - the latina dancing-girl in the saloon has a red flower in her cleavage, and in the shoot-out at the old mission, the indians' bullets keep pinging off the same spot on the parapet, while the indians themselves obligingly mass in the open, allowing Audie to get a good shot at them.

Verdict - Always check the brand, lest you end up with a Murphy turkey.


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