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The Purple Hills (1961)

When a bounty hunter kills an outlaw for the reward, he has to deal with both a man falsely claiming he made the kill, and the revengeful brother of the dead man.

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Maury Dexter
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Gene Nelson ... Gil Shepard
Kent Taylor ... Johnny Barnes
Danny Zapien Danny Zapien ... Chito
Medford Salway Medford Salway ... Young Brave
Russ Bender ... Deputy Marshal
Joanna Barnes ... Amy Carter
Jerry Summers Jerry Summers ... Martin Beaumont
Jack Carr Jack Carr ... A.J. Beaumont
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When a bounty hunter kills an outlaw for the reward, he has to deal with both a man falsely claiming he made the kill, and the revengeful brother of the dead man.

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So who gets the bounty?
12 July 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

With the decline of musicals for Gene Nelson and Kent Taylor never being in the top tier of leading men these guys were scrambling for work as television arrives. The Purple Hills is what they settled for.

Gene Nelson is in the same business with the same motivation as James Stewart in The Naked Spur, an amateur bounty hunter who's thinking the $8000.00 on the hide of a certain outlaw will set him up nicely for life. Unlike Stewart he doesn't have anything against this guy the way Stewart had a grudge against Robert Ryan.

But Kent Taylor who was a member of the deceased's gang races to town to collect the reward. Add to that Jerry Summers who is the deceased's brother accompanied by his 'nanny' Joanna Barnes looking to gun the one who did do it. The relationship between Barnes and Summers is weird to say the least. But westerns were becoming allegedly adult at this time.

With deputy Russ Bender along to arbitrate they all set out to where the body is buried. But the Apaches are out as well and for reasons not explained they liked the deceased white guy.

The Purple Hills shot outdoors in Arizona is definitely a shoestring budget western with a rather unbelievable plot and a whole cast that looks like it's just going through the motions.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

November 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Colinas Sangrentas See more »

Filming Locations:

Arizona, USA See more »

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Color (Color by Deluxe)

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2.35 : 1
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