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Black Spurs (1965)

Approved | | Western | 1 June 1965 (USA)
A dissatisfied ranch hand becomes a bounty hunter. He conspires with a crooked town boss to dirty up a neighboring village where a valuable railroad franchise is headed, in order to divert ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Calhoun ... Santee
Linda Darnell ... Sadie
Terry Moore ... Anna Elkins
Scott Brady ... Rev. Tanner
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Gus Kile (as Lon Chaney)
Richard Arlen ... Pete Muchin
Bruce Cabot ... Bill Henderson
Patricia Owens ... Clare Grubbs
James Best ... Sheriff Ralph Elkins
Jerome Courtland ... Sam Grubbs
DeForest Kelley ... Sheriff Dal Nemo
Joseph Hoover Joseph Hoover ... Swifty
James Brown ... Sheriff
Robert Carricart ... El Pescadore
Barbara Wilkin Barbara Wilkin ... Mrs. Rourke


A dissatisfied ranch hand becomes a bounty hunter. He conspires with a crooked town boss to dirty up a neighboring village where a valuable railroad franchise is headed, in order to divert it to the town the boss owns. Then, he finds that his former fiancée is married to the sheriff of the town he seeks to destroy. Written by phillindholm

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1 June 1965 (USA) See more »

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Espuelas negras See more »

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A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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2.35 : 1
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Final film of Linda Darnell. See more »


Very obvious use of stunt doubles in the fight between Santee (Rory Calhoun (I)) and Rev. Tanner (Scott Brady (I)). See more »

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Every Time He Comes To Town, Someone's Gonna Die!
28 June 2005 | by phillindholmSee all my reviews

"Black Spurs" was one of producer A.C. Lyles now famous series of low-budget westerns featuring onetime big names. This one starred Rory Calhoun, Linda Darnell, Terry Moore, Lon Chaney, Bruce Cabot, Scott Brady and Richard Arlen. The supporting cast included future director Jerome Courtland, in his last acting role as a small town newspaper publisher living in sin! The story followed the adventures of an ambitious ranch hand (Calhoun) who deserts his pregnant girlfriend (Moore) for the life of a bounty hunter. Eventually this career demoralizes him to such a degree, that he instigates a plot to corrupt the morals of a small town for a fat fee. Thus, a planned railroad franchise will be diverted to a neighboring town owned by crooked businessman Chaney, who is in on the scheme. Calhoun sends for bouncer Cabot, new Orleans Madam Darnell and her "girls" as well as card sharp Joe Hoover, all of whom trash the town. Not so coincidentally, the sheriff happens to be the husband of Calhoun's former love, Moore. What happens is not what one might expect. Sadly, the film was Linda Darnell's last screen appearance. She died in an accidental house fire before it was released. And for many, the sight of the once gorgeous actress looking bloated and middle aged was not a pretty one. She did, however, turn in a reliably good performance, as did her co-stars, and Black Spurs remains an enjoyable nostalgia fest, one of Lyles' best.

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