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Hell Bent for Leather (Great Western Collection) [DVD]

Audie Murphy , George Sherman    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Audie Murphy
  • Directors: George Sherman
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 101 Films
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,025 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Hell Bent for Leather is a standard western that features Audie Murphy in the role of Clay, a cowboy hunted by a posse out for blood. Clay deals and trade in horses in an honest way, and he does not suspect that a crooked U.S. Marshal (Stephen McNally) interested in furthering his career, is determined to nab him as a killer though he knows full well Clay is innocent. When first attacked, Clay grabs a hostage (Felicia Farr) who eventually sides with him and helps him in the long chase that follows. Clay's challenge is not only to get away from the Marshal and his posse but to somehow prove his innocence as well. Murphy, the most decorated soldier in World War II was still riding the popularity of his own real-life story in 1955's To Hell and Back when this western was released.

About the Director

Clay Santell (Audie Murphy) an honest horse trader stops in the town of Sutterville after having a horse stolen. He is mistaken by townspeople for a notorious murderer named Travers. The townspeople capture Clay and turn him over to lawman Harry Deckett (Stephen McNally).

The egotistical and crooked Marshall Deckett, tired of chasing the real Travers, is out to gain personal glory even if it means capturing and punishing the wrong man.

Clay escapes from Deckett, taking the lovely Janet Gifford (Felicia Farr) hostage in the process. Janet comes to believe his story and helps him in his struggle to prove his real identity.

Will Clay get away from the corrupt and self-serving Marshall Deckett? Will Clay be able to prove his innocence?

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Film Review Only. 12 July 2012
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Low down miserable scratch of a deputy sheriff like you.

Hell Bent for Leather is directed by George Sherman and adapted to screenplay by Christopher Knopf from the novel Outlaw Marshal written by Ray Hogan. It stars Audie Murphy, Felicia Farr, Stephen McNally and Robert Middleton. A CinemaScope production in Eastman Color, it features music jointly scored by William Lava and Irving Gertz (Joseph Gershenson supervising) and cinematography by Clifford Stine.

Audie Murphy plays Clay Santell, a horse trader who is wrongly accused of murder and goes on the run pursued by a vengeful Marshal. The Marshal (McNally), knows Santell is innocent, but he doesn't care and figures that killing a wanted man that nobody has seen before can only earn him glory.

There is often a tendency from Western film critics to undersell a "B" Western, it's like you are not allowed to rave about or rate a "B" the same as an Oater from the well regarded and well known movers and shakers in the genre. This happens to be more the case where Audie Murphy's output is concerned. Not blessed with great acting talent, Murphy none the less knew how to make a scene work, to imbue a passage of play with great presence, never once trying to hog the limelight from co-stars, he remains more so today a Western star whose values should not be easily dismissed. His CV contains quite a few bad or ordinary films, but he was in some very good ones as well, and one such film is Hell Bent for Leather.

Plot is essentially standard fare, a wronged man is on the run and he is saddled with a pretty gal for the journey. Posse are in pursuit and wronged man has to prove his innocence before he is killed by a sadistic sheriff out to feather his own nest.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I have little to add to Spike Owens excellent review of the film, except that the new DVD release of "Hell Bent For Leather", released today by 101 is an excellent transfer picture and sound wise and, despite what it says on the DVD box, it isn't 4 x 3, it's 2.35:1 CinemaScope and is anamorphically enhanced for 16 x 9 computers and televisions. I highly recommend it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hell Bent For Leather with Audie Murphy 19 Feb 2011
By Don Pedro Cowboy - Published on
In my opinion Hell Bent For Leather is one of Audie's better movies. I like all of Audie's movies but this one is on the top of the list for action, acting & plot.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Great Western Starring Audie Murphy Unavailable in the U.S.A. 24 April 2012
By D. Tucker - Published on
This is a non-standard review of this movie, as "Hell Bent For Leather" and "Column South" , two classic Audie Murphy westerns, both with wonderful widescreen vistas are only available in the European PAL DVD standard.

Both of these movies' copyrights are owned by Universal International Pictures. I have run this company's name through my favorite search engine and discovered their email "contact". I have followed up with two separate email pleas for them to remaster and release both of these treasures in the USA on DVD and Blu-Ray.

Both movies are well acted, have great storylines and are in danger of being lost to future American generations unless they are finally given their due respect.

It is almost criminal the French offer these westerns, but are nowhere to be found in the country of his birth. Please join me in following my lead and email Universal International Pictures too.

If only I could purchase a remastered DVD or Blu-Ray of these westerns, I'd amend this with my observations about their quality of remastering skills and more details of each storyline.

I encourage you to follow my lead and send them an email asking they do the right thing too. Maybe they'll get the message if enough of you do the same.

Happy Trails, partner!
5.0 out of 5 stars If ya like westerns and Audie Murphy you'll like 18 July 2014
By Dakota Springs - Published on
If ya like westerns and Audie Murphy you'll like. I've liked all of Audie's westerns. Not only was he a war hero but he was a western hero in my book. They don't make good western movies like these anymore.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Western; the German [Koch] release is a Great Transfer 26 Oct 2012
By A. N. O'Nemus - Published on
There's a German release of this film [KOCH Media] that's first rate. Very good picture, in original aspect ratio. It can be found here:
0 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars a frustrating hero 22 Oct 2012
By J. A. Eyon - Published on
i hate brainless heroes who seem befuddled from beginning to end - this one even comes up with a plan that shows a incredible lack of foresight - no - not that stupid plan - the one while in Paradise - sure he wins in the end - but not due to cleverness - but due to audience expectations

i hope the B-western dialog wasn't lifted from the novel - eg - "you don't believe me, do you" - when everything he's done up to then contradicts his claim - and the ending tries to wrap up the story with the most sappy dialog ever - there are a some fresh lines of dialog - but they're few and far between

at least there are a couple good plot points in this mess - the twist with the marshal - the cross confrontations at the end - and the whole thing moves fast - so fast that i'll give my rating an extra star

the direction is functional - no more - but there's some above average acting - Audie isn't his usual amiable self - instead he's edgy due to the constant pressure his character is under - consequently Audie's performance is a little better than usual - Steven McNalley oozes his usual menace - Robert Middleton livens things up in a good scene - then there's Felicia Farr - who is much better than the typical B western leading lady - and she's prettier and more alluring than I'm accustomed to seeing her

if you don't mind a frustratingly dumb hero - and a B level script that moves at a gallop - this will probably do for you
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