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More Dead Than Alive (1969)

Released from prison after 18 years, notorious gunslinger 'Killer' Cain is a peaceful reformed man but the Old West has died and he cannot adapt to the modern West where some unpaid moral debts and old troubles resurface.

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Robert Sparr

Writer:

George Schenck
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Clint Walker ... Cain
Vincent Price ... Dan Ruffalo
Anne Francis ... Monica Alton
Paul Hampton ... Billy Valence
Craig Littler ... Karma
Mike Henry ... Luke Santee
Clarke Gordon Clarke Gordon ... Carson
Beverly Powers Beverly Powers ... Sheree
William Woodson William Woodson ... Warden
Harry Lauter ... Doctor
Eric Matthews Eric Matthews ... Wes Santee
Robert Foulk ... Brill
Frank Baxter Frank Baxter ... Banker
Andy Albin Andy Albin ... Fletcher
Emile Meyer ... Bartender
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When the multiple murderer Cain is released from prison after 18 years, he wants to settle down as a rancher and never touch a gun again. But his former life haunts him; not only that nobody wants to give him a job, some villains also want to pay him back. So he has to accept the offer of showman Ruffalo to perform as "Killer Cain" in his traveling shooting show. However after 18 years without practice even Ruffalo's young assistant Billy shoots better than Cain. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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Taglines:

Gunslinger Rebellion - WINNER KILL ALL! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some western violence | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 1969 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mais Morto que Vivo See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The opening sequence at the prison takes place in the same location used as Cestus III in the famous Star Trek story "Arena", often referred to as the "Gorn episode". See more »

Goofs

when Anne Francis comes outside to her porch when she hears Clint Walker hammering on her gate 50 feet away, a rocker is rocking like crazy like someone had just jumped out of it and ran out of the scene. See more »

Quotes

Billy Valence: You're not gonna shoot me, are you?
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Connections

Referenced in McCloud: Top of the World, Ma! (1971) See more »

Soundtracks

The Messenger
Lyrics by Irwin Levine
Music by Philip Springer
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Better Than Average "B" Western
20 November 2005 | by BachlorinParadiseSee all my reviews

More Dead Than Alive turns out to be a surprisingly entertaining and fairly well-acted B movie.

Clint Walker gives his typical "gentle giant" performance as Killer Cain, a convicted murderer who is released after 18 years in prison. After a senseless prison shootout in the beginning of the movie, you expert this film to be nothing more that a "shootem-up". However, once Walker's character is released from prison, the movie becomes a well-acted drama about such topics as prison reform, parole, murder, hero worship, forgiveness and the desire for fame.

More Dead Than Alive's best performance is from Horror King, Vincent Price as Dan Ruffallo, a carnival barker with a traveling gun show. It's one of Price's best latter career performances.

The kicker in More Dead Than Alive is the shocking surprise ending. So, if you're a fan of Clint Walker or Vincent Price, More Dead Than Alive is the film to see.


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