Hell Bent For Leather (1960)

Mike's Take On the Movies

Veteran western director George Sherman who worked with most every cowboy star from the Duke to Rory Calhoun, from Don “Red” Barry programmers to Fess Parker television adventures  saddled up for his one and only teaming with Audie Murphy in this sparse tale of a man being railroaded to the gallows by a psychotic sheriff while finding the woman who’ll come to believe in him against all odds.

Under the Universal International banner good hearted Audie finds himself in the wrong place when a drifter on foot in the dusty Lone Pine location bushwhacks him and rides off on his mount. Quick draw Audie gets off one shot knocking a silver stalked shotgun from the hand of his attacker played by Jan Merlin. Little does Audie know that the shotgun he now possesses is going to be a key prop in identifying himself as a crazed killer in the eyes…

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