Hell Bent for Leather

1960

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IMDb Rating 6.8

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Reviewed by ColeArmin 10

Very entertaining western directed by George Sherman (who did Big Jake with John Wayne and produced The Comancheros 1961). The actors are excellent. We get Audie Murphy and Stephen McNally back altogether 8 years after Duel at silver creek 1952, but here they are enemies. Felicia Farr acts in her last western. And very good supporting cast with Jan Merlin as Travers, John Qualen and Bob Steele among others.<br/><br/>With a very good screenplay, I really liked the character, Stephen MacNally plays. The three main actors are perfect, and they carry the movie. So if you have the luck to have the opportunity to see this movie: GOOOOO!

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Reviewed by Spikeopath 7

Hell Bent for Leather is directed by George Sherman and adapted to screenplay by Christopher Knopf from the novel Outlaw Marshal written by Ray Hogan. It stars Audie Murphy, Felicia Farr, Stephen McNally and Robert Middleton. A CinemaScope production in Eastman Color, it features music jointly scored by William Lava and Irving Gertz (Joseph Gershenson supervising) and cinematography by Clifford Stine.<br/><br/>Audie Murphy plays Clay Santell, a horse trader who is wrongly accused of murder and goes on the run pursued by a vengeful Marshal. The Marshal (McNally), knows Santell is innocent, but he doesn&#39;t care and figures that killing a wanted man that nobody has seen before can only earn him glory.<br/><br/>There is often a tendency from Western film critics to undersell a &quot;B&quot; Western, it&#39;s like you are not allowed to rave about or rate a &quot;B&quot; the same as an Oater from the well regarded and well known movers and shakers in the genre. This happens to be more the case where Audie Murphy&#39;s output is concerned. Not blessed with great acting talent, Murphy none the less knew how to make a scene work, to imbue a passage of play with great presence, never once trying to hog the limelight from co-stars, he remains more so today a Western star whose values should not be easily dismissed. His CV contains quite a few bad or ordinary films, but he was in some very good ones as well, and one such film is Hell Bent for Leather. <br/><br/>Plot is essentially standard fare, a wronged man is on the run and he is saddled with a pretty gal for the journey. Posse are in pursuit and wronged man has to prove his innocence before he is killed by a sadistic sheriff out to feather his own nest. Yet the locale and well written characters mark this out as a tough little Oater. Sure there&#39;s little action to pump the blood of those who need such passages, though some good chase scenes are here and one finishes with a great bit of stuntery, but the neat trick here is having Murphy and Farr&#39;s characters run off/up into the rocky terrain; the magnificent Alabama Hills rocky terrain. As Anthony Mann had a knack of marrying up surroundings to psychological aspects of his protagonists, so it be here with Sherman, but of course this is a &quot;Audie Murphy B Western&quot;, so such things aren&#39;t possible...<br/><br/>Hey, it&#39;s no Naked Spur et al, far from it, but it is far better and grittier than some think it is purely because of the director and star who made it. It also has a great finale, where up in the jutted rocks we get a tense situation that sees the wronged man, the guilty man, the spunky girl with a substantial back story and the unhinged glory seeking Marshal, all brought together in a moment of reckoning. You will not die of shock with the outcome, but it&#39;s a finale rewarding us for having spent the time with these deftly etched characters. Acting is safe and sound, with Middleton the stand out performer, and the music score is &quot;B Western&quot; 101 stuff. But if only for Stine&#39;s CinemaScope photography then the Western fan should see this, the Alabama Hills, so prominent in many a great and classic genre offering, are beautifully captured and very much a critical character in the story. 7.5/10

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Reviewed by ma-cortes 7

Hell Bent for Leather (original title) is a nice Western providing the screenplay allowed him to keep them thrilling at his own moving and relentless gallop . It contains attractive and charming images that , in the eyes of connoisseurs makes one of the most enjoyable of his kind . When Clay Santell (Audie Murphy) stops in the town of Sutterville after having his horse robbed , he is mistaken by townsfolks for a murderous named Travers (Jan Merlin) . The townspeople take Santell, and turn him over to allegedly marshal Harry Deckett (Stephen McNally) . Deckett, who is really tired of inexorable chasing the real Travers, taking care of him . Santell getaways from Deckett who pulls off an implacable hunt . Later on , Clay takes the beautiful Janet Gifford (Felicia Farr) hostage in the process. Janet comes to believe Santell&#39;s story , and supports him in his fight to demonstrate his innocence . Along the way Clay attempts to prove his actual identity , that&#39;s why he tries to clear his name by find out the real culprit and catching him . Target For Terror!<br/><br/>This exciting Western packs thrills , noisy action , spectacular struggles and lots of gutsy adventure . Brawling , sprawling , almost primitive action in which our protagonist is forced to go on the run , teeming across the screen by means of escapes , attacks , rescues , and ambushes .The picture contains whirlwinds of manic action , fights , sustained energy and often commendable results . The film has a slickness and crude vigour , including impressive outdoors with rocky mountains stunningly photographed by cameraman Clifford Stine . This is a distinctive Western saga with a special look at Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California and other countryside landscapes . Features impressive as well as spectacular crossfire scenes punctuated with great action sequences .This is a stirring story about an agreeable couple and their fight for innocence as well as freedom and director takes a fine penned script by Christopher Knopf creating an agreeable tale that is far from ordinary , exploring the anguish and desperation of an innocent man and villany of the pursuers . Audie Murphy delivers a fine acting as an innocent passer-by who mistaken for a killer outlaw is relentlessly chased . Murphy won more tan 20 medals , being the most decorated American soldier , including the Congressional Medal of Honor and he was also awarded five decorations by France and Belgium . He starred a rendition on his own self-biography titled ¨To Hell and back¨ that was an acceptable picture based on actual events about Audie Murphy who played himself following his Army career in WWII , being professionally directed by Jesse Hibbs and it was a box-office hit for Universal Pictures and its record was apparently not broken until Jaws (1975). Murphy starred a great number of Westerns as ¨The kid from Texas¨, ¨Cimarron Kid¨, ¨Gunpoint¨, ¨Night Passage¨, ¨The Gunrunners¨, ¨Posse from Hell¨, ¨Gunfight at Comanche¨, ¨Rifles Apaches¨, ¨The Unforgiven¨, ¨Red badge of courage¨, ¨Legend of Sam Ward¨, ¨Whispering Smith¨, ¨40 Guns at Apache pass¨ , ¨Texas kid¨ , among others . Being usually directed by Jesse Hibbs who directed various Audie Murphy vehicles such as : this ¨To hell and Back¨ (1955) , ¨World in My Corner¨ (1956) , ¨Ride a Crooked Trail¨ (1958) , ¨Medal of Honor¨ and ¨To Hell and Back¨. He is well accompanied by the woman-star who results to be the lovely Felicia Farr , at the time married Jack Lemmon . Co-starred by Stephen McNally as a nasty lawman who decides to murder Santell and pass him off as Travers . Stephen McNally gives the best acting as a cruel and hysterical villain who carries out a merciless pursuit . Support cast is frankly nice , providing splendid interpretations , such as : Robert Middleton , James Westmoreland , Jan Merlin , Allan Lane , Bob Steele and the usual veteran John Qualen .<br/><br/>The motion picture produced by Gordon Kay/Universal International Pictures , was professionally directed by George Sherman in B-style . Sherman demonstrates a special talent for making the densest action sequences seem uncomplicated and uncluttered and his characters , like the scenes distinguished , often have an unfettered , raw power . Sherman made reliable low-budget fare for Columbia between 1945-48, then moved on to do the same at Universal for another eight years , where he directed this ¨War Arrow¨ . Sherman specialized almost exclusively in &quot;B&quot; westerns there , including the &quot;Three Musketeers&quot; series, which featured a young John Wayne. George directed lots of Westerns as ¨The Last of the Fast Guns¨ , ¨The Lone Hand¨, ¨Santa Fe stampede¨ , ¨Red skin¨ , ¨Chief Crazy Horse¨ ¨Calamity Jane¨, ¨Relentless¨ , ¨Comanche Territory¨ , ¨Dawn at Socorro¨, ¨Border River¨ and many others . He also made occasional forays into action and horror themes, often achieving a sense of style over substance . The only &quot;A&quot;-grade films to his credit were two westerns starring John Wayne: ¨Comancheros¨ (1961) (as producer) and ¨The big Jack¨ (1971) . His last films were realized in Spain as &quot;Find That Girl&quot; , ¨The new Cinderella¨ and ¨Joaquin Murrieta¨. Rating : 7/10 . Acceptable and above average Western . Well worth watching .

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