The Bounty Killer (1965)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Release Date - Jul 31, 1965 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 93 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Dan Duryea plays a Western bounty hunter, expert in his job, but ill at ease with his conscience. He is shunned by the "good" townsfolk until they need him to track down and kill a criminal; the gratitude doesn't last long, and it's back to outcast status for Duryea. At one juncture, the embittered bounty hunter delivers a condemnation against the "hypocrites" who hire him -- but nonetheless takes one more job. Ultimately, Duryea meets his end at the hands of a younger man (Peter Duryea, Dan's son), who becomes a bounty hunter himself, starting the cycle all over again. Produced very economically by B-Western specialist Alex Gordon, The Bounty Killer is distinguished by Dan Duryea's superb performance and by the presence in the supporting cast of several cowboy film veterans -- including Hollywood's very first Westerner, Billy Anderson.

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bad-guy, bounty-hunter, cowboy, gangster, good-guy, killing, mild-mannered, outlaw [Western], pawn [person], shoot-out, sidekick, wine-merchant