Audie Murphy, with Randolph Scott & Joel McCrea seemed to dominate the color western genre in the 1950's thru to the early 1960s. But when Randy & Joel gave westerns away, Audie stayed with them - longer than any other well known actors. Even through to as late as 1967, Audie was still "cranking out" these genre staples that were exciting adventure fare. Easily identified by his "baby face" and usually with a distinctive bandana tied tightly around his neck, real-life war hero, Murphy made some great westerns.
Murphy's westerns were engaging and action packed affairs, but while lacking the tall-in-the-saddle presence of Randolph Scott, or the congeniality of Joel McCrea, Murphy could ride and shoot with the best of them and get the job done with a certain style (which was often termed "taciturn").
Murphy made his film debut in a small role as Cadet Thomas in Beyond Glory (1948), an Alan Ladd vehicle set at West Point which is available from this website (Alan Ladd & INDIVIDUAL MOVIE TITLES sections).
Universal-International placed Murphy under contract and quickly put him to work in westerns.
Audie's first western outing was The Kid from Texas (1950) in which he played Billy the Kid seeking revenge for his benefactor's murder. Kansas Raiders (1950) was an all-star oater with Murphy as Jesse James. Sierra (1950) also boasted a strong cast including Audie's then wife, Wanda Hendrix, Burl Ives& Dean Jagger. The following year afforded Audie a huge opportunity - the lead role in a John Huston film, a role well suited to his boyish good looks (baby faced?): The Red Badge of Courage (1951)
The Cimarron Kid (1952) saw Audie involved with the Dalton gang. Stephen McNally and Murphy were U.S. Marshalls pursuing claim jumpers Faith Domerque and Gerald Mohr in Duel at Silver Creek (1952).
Murphy's westerns proved profitable for Universal-International as double bill fare and he turned them out at a steady rate: Gunsmoke (1953), Tumbleweed (1953), Ride Clear of Diablo (1954), Drums Across the River (1954), Destry (1954), Walk the Proud Land (1956), Ride a Crooked Trail (1958) and Seven Ways from Sundown (1960) are good examples of his westerns in this “youthful” period.
In the midst of these, Audie supported James Stewart in the well received Night Passage (1957) - his role as fast-shooting, dangerous, but likeable Utica Kid won Audie many new fans from the more traditional movie-viewing public. Audie also supported Burt Lancaster in the big budget John Huston western: The Unforgiven (1960)
His westerns became more routine and low budget during the 1960s and those from Murphy and producer A.C. Lyles represent the last burst of Hollywood feature western film production. The genre even switched locales from Hollywood to Spain for a “spaghetti "western (a la Clint Eastwood) titled The Texican (1966).
Age and a heavier build gave Murphy a more mature and rugged western look in his later westerns: Posse from Hell (1961), Showdown (1963), Gunfight at Commanche Creek (1963), Bullet for a Bad Man (1964) and 40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967) are fine examples of this later period of his western output.
Unfortunately 40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967) was Audie Murphy's last starring role - he was to appear on screen once more - in a small role as Jesse James in Budd Boetticher's A Time for Dying (1969).
Audie Murphy was killed in a plane crash in 1971.
As my tribute to this forever youthful cowboy and incredible real-life WWII hero, find below a collection of his westerns. Its not a complete group but each film is of EXCELLENT QUALITY and presents Murphy "at his taciturn best!"
All are in Technicolor except for The Red Badge of Courage (1951), Cast a Long Shadow (1959) & Showdown (1963) - which were filmed in B&W
Note that all of these films (my entire catalogue of Audie Murphy Westerns) can also be found in the INDIVIDUAL MOVIE TITLES section.
This section is for Audie Murphy's Westerns (only).
He did make a same number of non-westerns:
Š the story of his exceptional WWII deeds in To Hell and Back (1955)
Š the action-adventure The Gun Runners (1958)
Š the classic Graham Greene penned The Quiet American (1958)
Š his only other war film, Battle at Bloody Beach (1961)
You won't find these 4 titles in this section - each of these films can be found in the INDIVIDUAL MOVIE TITLES section
Did you know that Audie Murphy made a western TV series?
Yes, he did: in the late 1950's he filmed (in between movies) Whispering Smith for NBC - it was based on the character portrayed in the 1948 Alan Ladd film of the same name.
The Whispering Smith TV series was an action packed affair that ran for 26 half hour episodes - but owing to the violence portrayed therein, it was little seen and not renewed.
Its available from this website in a 3 DVD set
- check out the TV Series I-Z section
Now back to the westerns available from this section of the website:
The set up and pricing here is the same as for the INDIVIDUAL MOVIE TITLES section namely:
Š The DVDs in this section of the website consist of one movie title per DVD, each movie commencing when inserted into your DVD player (no delays or useless menus).
Š DVDs are available in any combination of titles comprising 1, 2 or 4 DVD boxed sets
(Note: They are not available in 3, 5 or 6 DVD sets)
A typical Audie Murphy 4 DVD Western boxed set is pictured below:
Š The prices (including Express Postage anywhere) for these single movie DVDs are:
1 DVD Boxed Set price: AU$20 or US$20 or £12
2 DVD Boxed Set price: AU$30 or US$30 or £18
4 DVD Boxed Set price: AU$40 or US$40 or £25
Š Email me for a current price in CN$, Euros, NZ$ etc
Š PURCHASING TIP: the most economical way to buy movies from this section is in groups of 4 films - they are neatly assembled in a quad case with full artwork and sell for AU$40 or US$40 or £25.
Since postage is included then each film can be delivered to your door
for AU$10 or US$10 or about £6 per movie!
(Note that AU$ prices are for AU postal destinations only,
international customers to use US$ or UK£)
Apache Rifles (1964) - 92 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Linda Dawson, L. Q. Jones & Ken Lynch
Directed by William Witney
The army commander of an Arizona outpost, Capt. Jeff Stanton (Audie Murphy) despises all Indians until he falls in love with a beautiful missionary girl, Dawn Gillis (Linda Dawson). He must change his ways because one of her parents is an Apache. Unfortunately, his attempts to reform are nearly foiled by greedy gold-seekers trying to start a war with the local Apaches.
Another excellent collaboration between Murphy & director Witney
Arizona Raiders (1965) - 97 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Ben Cooper, Buster Crabbe, Gloria Talbott & Ray Stricklyn
Directed by William Witney
Clint Stewart (Audie Murphy) and Willie Martin (Ben Cooper) are members of Quantrill's Raiders, hoping to avenge the fallen South after the Civil War. They are captured by a Union officer Capt. Tom Andrews (Buster Crabbe) and sentenced to a long prison term. They are offered amnesty by Andrews, who, appointed head of The Arizona Raiders, hopes to use the ex-confederates within his jurisdiction to drive Quantrill's men out of the territory. Clint & Willie must now juggle loyalties between the Union leader and Quantrill.
Another nicely paced Audie Murphy western - well helmed by action director William Witney.
Bullet for a Badman (1964) - 80 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Darren McGavin, Ruta Lee, Skip Homeier, George Tobias & Alan Hale Jr.
Directed by R.G. Springsteen
Logan Keliher (Audie Murphy) is an ex-lawman who must strap on the guns again to catch a former nemesis, Sam Ward (Darren McGavin), who happens to be the ex husband of Murphy's wife and father of the boy that believes he's Murphy's son.
A treat for Murphy fans!
Gorgeous Color print!
Cast a Long Shadow (1959) - 82 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Terry Moore, John Dehner, James Best, Rita Lynn & Denver Pyle
Directed by Thomas Carr
Troubled saddletramp, Matt Brown (Audie Murphy) has a penchant for drinking away his pain - but then he inherits a ranch from the man who may have been his father. So he sets out to reform himself. His efforts are ultimately challenged when his old rivals come to town.
An interesting B&W western from Audie …
The Cimarron Kid (1952) - 84 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Beverly Tyler, James Best, Yvette Duguay, John Hudson & Hugh O’Brian
Directed by Budd Boetticher
After being falsely accused of a payroll heist, Bil Doolin aka The Cimarron Kid (Audie Murphy) heads for the high country, where he joins the outlaw Dalton gang. When the Daltons are decimated during a daring daylight bank robbery, the Kid takes over what is left of the gang and hides out at a local ranch. Here he is reformed by the love of rancher's daughter Carrie Roberts (Beverly Tyler), but not so reformed that he doesn't embark upon one last robbery.
Though director Budd Boetticher is best known to western fans for his collaborative efforts with star Randolph Scott, Boetticher also turned out several good actioners with other cowboy stars including this one in which Audie, who by playing Bill Doolin actually fills the same role that was played by Randolph Scott in The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949). Note that all of the Boetticher / Scott westerns as well as the Gordon Douglas directed The Doolins of Oklahoma (1949) are available from within the Randolph Scott section of this website.
Excellent Color print!
Column South (1953) - 82 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Joan Evans, Robert Sterling, Ray Collins, Dennis Weaver & Russell Johnson
Directed by Frederick De Cordova
Cavalry Lieutenant Jed Sayre (Audie Murphy) is stationed in Navajo country, and has a pretty good understanding of, and rapport with, the local Indians. But his new CO, Captain Lee Whitlock (Robert Sterling) is from a school of thought, harbouring racist feelings the Navajo. Whilst trying to make him see the light, Jed romance Whitlock's sister Marcy (Joan Evans). Further complications ensue when Confederate General Stone (Ray Collins) hatches an underhanded scheme to force the cavalry troops to join the Southern cause when the Civil War commences - a tactic that may potentially cost many innocent lives.
Very Nice Technicolor print with a bonus … Dennis Weaver as Navajo Chief Menguito!
Destry (1954) - 95 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Mari Blanchard, Lyle Bettger, Thomas Mitchell, Lori Nelson & Edgar Buchanan
Directed by George Marshall
Tom Destry (Audie Murphy), the peace-loving son of a notorious gunslinger, is summoned to a wide-open western town in the hopes that he can stem the villainies of saloon owner Phil Decker (Lyle Bettger) and crooked mayor The Honorable Hiram J. Sellers (Edgar Buchanan). Though he prefers to talk rather than slap leather, Destry manages to keep the bad guys at bay. But when his best friend, town-drunk-turned-sheriff Rags Barnaby (Thomas Mitchell), is shot by Decker's minions, Destry straps on the shootin' irons and goes to work!
From the Max Brand's novel, Destry Rides Again, this film is a re-make of Jimmy Stewart's 1939 film Destry Rides Again (available from within the INDIVIDUAL MOVIE TITLES section of this website). Mari Blanchard essays the Marlene Dietrich role as vacillating saloon-hall chirp Brandy, while Lori Nelson is the "good"girl Martha Phillips.
Comedy craftsman George Marshall directed both pictures - 15 years apart!
Excellent wide-screen Technicolor print!
Drums Across the River (1954) - 78 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Walter Brennan, Lyle Bettger, Lisa Gaye, Hugh O'Brian & Jay Silverheels
Directed by Nathan Juran
Gary Brannon (Audie Murphy) is a peaceful homesteader living a quiet existence with his father Sam (Walter Brennan). No-account Frank Walker (Lyle Bettger), hoping to open up the Ute Indian territory for gold-mining purposes, tries to foment a war between the Utes and the local whites. As an added filip, he steals a gold shipment and pins the blame on Brannon. Now a fugitive from justice, Brannon joins Walker's gang, much to his father's dismay. Actually, it's all part of a plan to expose Walker's perfidy and prevent Ute hostilities, but no one is aware of it.
Jay Silverheels, best known as Tonto on TV's Lone Ranger, co-stars as Ute warrior Taos.
Audie Murphy is at his taciturn best here.
The Duel at Silver Creek (1952) - 77 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, Stephen McNally, Susan Cabot, Gerald Mohr & Lee Marvin
Directed by Don Siegel
A group of vicious claim-jumpers is killing the miners in a Western settlement. Their latest victim is Cromwell (Harry Harvey), who is shot to death at his mine just after his son Luke (Audie Murphy) leaves for town. Luke has three passions in life: poker, guns, and the silver ornamentation he carries on him - and is better known as the Silver Kid; he kills one of the claim-jumpers but can't catch the rest. The marshal of Silver Creek, "Lightning" Tyrone (Stephen McNally), is also trying to cope with the claim-jumpers, and he has a problem of his own, courtesy of a bullet in his shoulder - he can still draw faster than almost anyone, but he can't pull the trigger like he used to, and he doesn't know how long he can bluff some of the tougher citizens he's been riding herd on, especially a fellow named Johnny Sombrero (Eugene Iglesias), who's been itching to draw on him. These two cross paths and the Silver Kid ends up as Lightning's deputy, just in time to become suspicious of newcomers Opal Lacy (Faith Domergue) and her brother Rod (Gerald Mohr), who are in the mining business. Lighting's attraction to Opal and the Kid's distrust of her could just cost him the services of a deputy who is, literally, his good right arm.
Nicely balanced western helmed by famed Dirty Harry director Don Seigel
Gorgeous Color print!
40 Guns to Apache Pass (1967) - 95 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Michael Burns, Kenneth Tobey, Laraine Stephens, Robert Brubaker & Michael Keep
Directed by William Witney
Bands of hostile Apaches are terrorizing settlers under the orders of their leader Chochise (Michael Keep). Cavalry Capt. Bruce Coburn (Audie Murphy) mission is to deliver a shipment of rifles, but it's stolen by greedy white traders with the help of mutinous soldiers - the most devious being the villainous Corporal Bodine (Kenneth Tobey), who runs a thriving business selling guns to the Indians.
The directorial reins of 40 Guns to Apache Pass are in the expert hands of actionmeister William Witney - remember his memorable Republic serials and B westerns? - fabulous!
Unfortunately this was Audie Murphy's last starring role
Gunfight at Comanche Creek (1963) - 90 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Ben Cooper, Colleen Miller, DeForest Kelley, Jan Merlin & Adam Williams
Directed by Frank McDonald
In 1875, an agent for the National Detective Agency, Bob 'Gif' Gifford (Audie Murphy) is assigned to find the murderous outlaw gang that has been breaking convicts out of prison and helping them to commit more crimes. The resulting crimes cause the bounties upon the fugitives' heads to rise. The outlaws then kill the convicts and reap the generous rewards. Gifford succeeds in infiltrating the group and sets about bringing the gang leader to justice
Gunpoint (1966) - 86 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Joan Staley, Warren Stevens, Edgar Buchanan & Denver Pyle
Directed by Earl Bellamy
Colorado Sheriff Chad Lucas (Audie Murphy) pursues a ruthless gang of train robbers lead by murderous outlaw, Drago Leon (Morgan Woodward) Lucas tracks them into New Mexico, where he has no official jurisdiction. Accompanying him is a motley posse, including a sharp-shooting gambler whose fiancée the gang has kidnapped.
A very nice print!
Gunsmoke (1953) - 79 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Paul Kelly, Charles Drake, Mary Castle & Donald Randolph
Directed by Nathan Juran
Gunslinger Reb Kittridge (Audie Murphy) rides into town expecting to take a job helping badman Matt Telford (Donald Randolph) get rid of Dan Saxon (Paul Kelly), now the only other farmer in the basin. Instead the wily Saxon arranges that Kittridge become owner of his ranch, so the gunman lands up with the job of getting a cattle herd to their buyer while he fights off Telford and his men. He also himself falling for Saxon's pretty but independent daughter, Rita (Susan Cabot).
A very nice print!
The Guns of Fort Petticoat (1957) - 82 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Kathryn Grant, Hope Emerson, Jeff Donnell & Jeanette Nolan
Directed by George Marshall
Cavalryman Lt. Frank Hewitt (Audie Murphy) deserts the Union Army to warn former Texas neighbors of impending Indian attacks triggered by Army massacre. He overcomes initial distrust and convinces the homesteaders (all women whose men are away fighting in the Confederate Army) to take refuge in an abandoned mission. He trains them to fight and shoot in anticipation of the attack. The only other man at the mission runs away o save his scalp and ends up leading the Indians back to the mission. Surrounded and outnumbered, the defenders prepare for the final assault.
An excellent wide-screen Technicolor print!
Hell Bent For Leather (1960) - 82 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Felicia Farr, Stephen McNally, Robert Middleton, James Westmoreland & Jan Merlin
Directed by George Sherman
Clay Santell (Audie Murphy) deals and trade in horses in an honest way, and he does not suspect that a crooked U.S. Marshal (Stephen McNally) interested in furthering his own career, is determined to nab him as a killer though he knows full well that Clay is innocent. When first confronted, Clay takes Janet Gifford (Felicia Farr) as a hostage (Felicia Farr) - but she eventually sides with him and helps him in the long chase that follows. Clay's challenge is not only to get away from the Marshal and his posse but to somehow prove his innocence as well.
Excellent Murphy vehicle
Gorgeous wide-screen Color print!
Kansas Raiders (1950) - 80 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Brian Donlevy, Marguerite Chapman, Scott Brady, Tony Curtis, Richard Arlen, Richard Long, James Best, Dewey Martin & Richard Egan
Directed by Ray Enright
A young Jesse James (Audie Murphy) falls under the Svengali-like spell of the outlaw William Quantrill (Brian Donlevy). Jesse and his youthful gang join the rebels to avenge the death of his parents only to become disillusioned with the senseless violence and looting of innocent civilians. Goaded by Quantrill's girl to leave, Jesse vacillates until the Yankess close in.
Check out that cast - fabulous!
The Kid From Texas (1950) - 78 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Gail Storm, Albert Dekker, Shepperd Strudwick, Will Geer & William Talman
Directed by Kurt Neumann
William Bonney aka Billy the Kid (Audie Murphy) is hoping to put down his guns and go straight, so he takes a job as a ranch-hand. When his kindly boss is murdered, Billy goes on a killing spree - to such an extent that by the time he's reached the age of 21, he's killed 21 men! By then Sheriff Pat Garrett (Frank Wilcox) has entered the scene - a scene that now holds hope for Billy thanks to a fondness for Irene Kain (Gale Storm), the wife of fair-minded attorney Alexander (Albert Dekker). Ultimately though the two men must face off ….
"Baby-faced" Audie Murphy's first ever western and it’s a goodie because it seems like a role he was born to play: Billy the Kid!
Gorgeous Technicolor Print!
Night Passage (1957) - 90 mins
Starring James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Dianne Foster, Elaine Stewart & Brandon De Wilde
Directed by James Neilson
The workers on at a remote railroad construction site haven't been paid in months - that's because Whitey Harbin (Dan Duryea) and his gang, keep holding up the train for its payroll. Grant McLaine (James Stewart) is a former railroad employee who was fired in disgrace, but now recruited to get the payroll through, under cover. Complicating matters is that the Harbin gang (which plans to steal the payroll) includes the fast-shooting, dangerous, but likeable Utica Kid (Audie Murphy) who just happens to be Grant’s kid-brother. When Whitey's gang tries to hold up the train, Grant and the Kid meet again to settle an old score
James Stewart vs. Audie Murphy with the malevolent Dan Duryea thrown in for good measure in this fabulous Cinemascope Technicolor western!
No Name on the Bullet (1959) - 77 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Charles Drake, Joan Evans, Virginia Grey, Warren Stevens & R. G. Armstrong
Directed by Jack Arnold
John Gant (Audie Murphy) rides into the town of Lordsburg and quietly checks into the hotel. He doesn't say much, nor does he need to - his mere presence does the talking. Gant is a killer, a hired assassin, a gunman with 23 dead men to his credit, but he is not a murderer or a criminal; all of his killings have been legal, a result of self-defense when the men he was after drew on him. When he comes to a town, someone dies as surely as if he were the angel of death - he even tells the town doctor in Lordsburg (Charles Drake) that he's in "a similar line of work," and ends up playing chess with him. Who has he come to "see" in Lordsburg? No one is sure, but as Sheriff Buck Hastings tells his deputy, it will be mighty interesting watching the leading citizens over the next few days. Sure enough, the town banker locks himself in his office with a gun, his business partner starts wearing a gun for the first time in his life, the man they cheated in their dealings is also armed; and one guilty cuckold (Warren Stevens) is positive his ex-rival has paid Gant. Less than 12 hours after that, there's no law left in Lordsburg, every dirty little secret in every man's past starts bubbling to the surface, and gunplay has broken out in the streets between the men who think their respective rivals have brought Gant to town.
Yes! - that’s legendary sci-fi director Jack Arnold at the helm in this always interesting western
Excellent wide-screen Technicolor print!
Posse From Hell (1961) - 89 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, John Saxon, Zohra Lampert, Vic Morrow, Robert Keith & Royal Dano
Directed by Herbert Coleman
Banner Cole (Audie Murphy) goes after bad guys who shot his friend the sheriff and abducted a local girl. In a plot reminiscent of High Noon, the posse of town blowhards gradually abandons Cole with only tenderfoot banker Seymour Kern (John Saxon) remaining to prove his manhood. When they find the girl, obviously abused by her captors, Cole shows her acceptance and sympathy whereas the others display only revulsion
Perfect Color print!
The Quick Gun (1964) - 87 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Merry Anders, James Best, Ted de Corsia, Walter Sande & Rex Holman
Directed by Sidney Salkow
Clint Cooper (Audie Murphy) finally returns to his home after a long absence precipitated by his killing of a wicked rancher's son in a forced duel. Clint wants to live peacefully on his father’s ranch and be with the woman that he loves, Helen Reed (Merry Anders). While on the trail home, he encounters a ruthless outlaw gang planning a bank robbery. Because most of the townsmen have gone on a giant cattle drive, the town is defenseless. Clint and his pal do all they can to keep the outlaws at bay during a bloody battle.
Gorgeous wide-screen Technicolor print!
The Red Badge of Courage (1951) - 69 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Bill Mauldin, Douglas Dick, Royal Dano, John Dierkes & Arthur Hunnicutt
Directed by John Huston
Based on the novel by Stephen Crane, the film stars real-life war hero Audie Murphy as a Civil War soldier who must redeem himself in his own eyes after an act of cowardice. When he finally gets his opportunity, he realizes that he is no less frightened than before; it is simply that he has learned to push on in spite of that fear. A comparative newcomer to films, Murphy acquits himself magnificently in the difficult title role; equally impressive are political cartoonist Bill Mauldin as "The Loud Soldier," John Dierkes as "The Tall Soldier" and Royal Dano as "The Tattered Man." When Red Badge of Courage tested poorly in preview, the studio sliced it down to 69 minutes and added a narrator (James Whitmore) to clarify the more obscure plot passages - but its still a film of enormous power!
Trev was forced to read the book in school - but Audie was his hero and so tracking down the film after all the years was a necessity - John Huston is an added bonus!
Ride a Crooked Trail (1958) - 87 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Gia Scala, Walter Matthau, Henry Silva, Joanna Moore & Leo Gordon
Directed by Jesse Hibbs
After robbing a bank, gunslinger Joe Maybe (Audie Murphy) is forced to assume the identity of his pursuer, a famous US Marshal, when he stumbles into a town and is confronted by the local judge Kyle (Walter Matthau). Joe now must retain the charade even though he has already drawn up plans to rob the town's bank with his cohort Sam Teeler (Henry Silva). The dilemma deepens when Joe falls in love with Teeler's ex-girlfriend, Tessa Milotte (Gia Scala), and begins entertaining notions of reforming.
Gorgeous Wide-Screen Technicolor Print!
Ride Clear of Diablo (1954) - 80 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Susa Cabot, Dan Duryea, Abbe Lane & Russell Johnson
Directed by Jesse Hibbs
Notorious gunslinger Whitey Kincaid (Dan Duryea) is hired by sinister forces to kill Clay O'Mara (Audie Murphy), who is out to avenge the murders of his father and brother. Instead, Kincaid befriends O’Mara, and helps him track down his family's killers. What follows is a classic shootout – who will survive?
Great role for Duryea as the snide, smirking Kincaid.
Seven Ways From Sundown (1960) - 96 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Barry Sullivan, Venetia Stevenson, John McIntire, Kenneth Tobey & Mary Field
Directed by Harry Keller
Young "Seven Ways From Sundown" Jones is a talented but novice Texas Ranger who is in the process of learning the tricks of the trade from veteran Ranger Sergeant Hennessey (John McIntire). The two are currently hunting down the flamboyant outlaw Jim Flood (Barry Sullivan), crafty enough not only to elude them, but to take a surprise offensive against them as well. In the end, it will take all of "Seven's" abilities to capture the wanted criminal.
A nicely turned Audie Murphy western to welcome-in the new decade.
An excellent Technicolor print!
Showdown (1963) - 79 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Kathleen Crowley, Charles Drake, Harold J. Stone & Skip Homeier
Directed by R.G. Springsteen
Two cowboy buddies, Chris Foster (Audie Murphy) and Bert Pickett (Charles Drake) unintentionally find themselves involved with a ruthless gang of bank robbers. Pretty soon they find themselves caught up in a dragnet organized by the sheriff. When Bert steals $12,000 in cash from gang leader Lavalle (Harold J. Stone) to buy their freedom, they find themselves in even bigger trouble. Into the mix comes Bert's old girlfriend, Estelle (Kathleen Crowley) who is now a saloon hall dancer - she begins to realize that Best is really cowardly and that she must now turn to Chris who seems to be the only one she can depend on when all the chips are down.
Excellent B&W print!
Sierra (1950) - 83 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Wanda Hendrix, Burl Ives, Dean Jagger, Richard Rober & Tony Curtis
Directed by Alfred E. Green
Ring Hassard (Audie Murphy) and father Jeff (Dean Jagger) are wild horse breakers who live in a hidden mountain camp because Jeff is wanted for a murder he didn't commit. But things change when they take in a lost young woman, Riley Martin (Wanda Hendrix), who finds that Ring has "never seen a woman close up." Jeff is injured, Ring runs afoul of horse thieves and the law, and Riley (who turns out to be a lawyer) labors to clear the Hassards; but others would prefer them dead.
Based on a novel by Stuart Hardy.
Worthy of note is that Audie Murphy & Wanda Hendrix were real-life husband & wife during the filming of this compelling western
Fabulous Technicolor Print!
Six Black Horses (1962) - 80 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea, Joan O’Brien, Roy Barcroft & Bob Steele
Directed by Harry Keller
Six Black Horses are stolen by Frank Jesse (Dan Duryea). Wrongly accused of the horse theft, Ben Lane (Audie Murphy) is rescued by ruthless but sentimental gunslinger Jesse. The two men are hired as trail guides by Kelly (Joan O'Brien), who wants to traverse hostile Indian territory so that she can be reunited with her husband. Yet is there something else going on here? Murder … vengeance?
Excellent widescreen Color print!
The Texican (1966) - 91 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Broderick Crawford, Diana Lorys, Luz Márquez, Antonio Casas & Antonio Molino Rojo
Directed by Lesley Selander
Wanted north of the border, Jess Carlin (Audie Murphy) resides safely in Mexico. But when he hears that his brother was killed in a gunfight with another man. But he well realizes that his brother never carried a gun so he heads north to find his brother's killer. After battling bounty hunters he arrives in Rimrock, a town controlled by Luke Starr (Broderick Crawford). Starr is the man he wants but he needs to find the evidence
Also known as Texas Kid (1966)
This is Audie’s “Spaghetti Western” which he filmed in Spain with only director Selander & co-star Crawford for US-style company amongst a cast full of non-English speaking players. These cast-members spoke Spanish in the film and their lines are dubbed into English. Please note that said dubbing is not the great est. However the visuals are stunning thanks to excellent work by Spanish cinematographer Francisco Marín.
Tumbleweed (1953) - 79 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Lori Nelson, Chill Wills, Roy Roberts & Russell Johnson
Directed by Nathan Juran
Through a series of unfortunate circumstances, Wagon Train scout Jim Harvey (Audie Murphy) is wrongly accused of saving himself while allowing the people under his protection to be slaughtered by Indians. With the help of Sheriff Murchoree (Chill Wills) and his Native American friend Tigre (Ernesto Iglesias), Harvey breaks out of jail to prove his innocence.
Excellent Technicolor print!
The Unforgiven (1960) - 125 mins
Starring Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn, Audie Murphy, John Saxon, Charles Bickford, Lillian Gish & Doug McClure
Directed by John Huston
It’s the 1850s and there is antagonism between the white settlers in the small community of the Texas Panhandle and the local Kiowa Indian nation. The Zachary family is at the crux of the trouble. Matilda (Lillian Gish) is the matriarch who holds a family secret - her adopted daughter Rachel (Audrey Hepburn) is actually a Kiowa child. There are three brothers in the Zachary family, and one of them, Ben (Burt Lancaster) is in love with Rachel. Another, Cash (Audie Murphy) hates Native Americans, while the youngest Andy (Doug McClure) will defend the family whenever they need it. A mysterious stranger on horseback comes to town and does the unthinkable, he makes it known to the family’s racist neighbours, that Rachel is a Kiowa. The battles begin both within and without the family
John Huston helming Burt Lancaster, Audrey Hepburn & Audie Murphy - fabulous!
Walk the Proud Land (1956) - 89 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Ann Bancroft, Pat Crowley, Charles Drake, Tommy Rall, Robert Warwick & Jay Silverheels
Directed by Jesse Hibbs
In 1874 John Philip Clum (Audie Murphy), an Eastern government representative, arrives in San Carlos, Arizona with the intention to uphold the peace between the settlers and the Apaches, and to encourage a form of self-government among the Indians. Realizing that he can never hope for cooperation from the Apaches so long as renegade warrior Geronimo (Jay Silverheels) is at large, Clum determines to negotiate the surrender of Geronimo - and he intends to do it alone.
Very Nice Color print!
Walk the Proud Land, which is the true story of Indian agent John Philip Clum, as set down on paper by Clum's son,
scores with strong characterizations and well-crafted scriptwork from Gil Doud who also wrote Murphy's To Hell and Back (1955) and Alan Ladd's Saskatchewan (1954) - both of which are available from the INDIVIDUAL MOVIE TITLES section of this website.
The Wild and the Innocent (1959) - 84 mins
Starring Audie Murphy, Joanne Dru, Gilbert Roland, Jim Backus, Sandra Dee, Peter Breck & Strother Martin
Directed by Jack Sher
A curmudgeonly fur-trapper is hurt by an enraged bear and must send his nephew, Yancy to town with his pelts so he can get much-needed supplies. En route, the young man comes upon a family in a covered wagon where upon he picks up with young, sweet Marcy (Sandra Dee) who is “shoehorned” into travelling with him. The two innocent mountain youths then make their way to town - a first time for both of them. There they meet Sheriff Paul (Gilbert Roland) who controls the town. As soon as the previously rag-tag Marcy has bathed and donned a pretty dress, Paul is attracted to her. He gets her a job in a "dance hall." Whilst the naive Yancy initially thanks the sheriff for being so kind, a kind storekeeper Mr Forbes (Jim Backus) removes the innocent veil from the Yancy’s eyes. Quickly Yancy moves in to save his travelling companion from a life of ill-repute.
Wonderful - and gentle - western with a top cast lead by the always in-form Audie Murphy who is perfectly cast as Yancy
Excellent Technicolor Print