|SIX BLACK HORSES (director: Harry Keller; screenwriter: Burt Kennedy; cinematographer: Maury Gertsman; editor: Aaron Stell; cast: Audie Murphy (Ben Lane), Dan Duryea (Frank Jesse), Joan O'Brien (Kelly), George Wallace (Boone), Roy Barcroft (Mustanger), Henry Wills (Indian leader), Phil Chambers (Undertaker), Dick Pascoe (Charlie), Charlita (Mexican dancer), Bob Steele (Puncher); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Gordon Kay; Universal-International; 1962)|
|"Minor but compelling western
by Dennis Schwartz
Harry Keller ("Seven Ways From
Sundown"/"Tammy and the Doctor"/"Geronimo's Revenge")
directs in a workmanlike but uninspiring way this
minor but compelling western programmer. It's a bleak
story as written by Burt Kennedy, but he sprinkles the
script with quirky cowboy humor.
(Joan O'Brien) hires, for
a thousand dollars each, the falsely accused horse
thief Ben Lane (Audie Murphy, in a role initially
intended for Randolph Scott) and his sentimental but
ruthless rescuer from the rope, the gunslinger Frank
Jesse (Dan Duryea), to
lead her across hostile Indian territory so she can
reunite with her hubby. Her secret is that she's aware
Jesse killed her hubby, but the viewer doesn't realize
this until it's revealed that she's out for revenge
and tries to buy Audie off to kill his mean-spirited
The strange title has to do with the outlaw's outlandish wish for a fancy funeral when he kicks the bucket.
REVIEWED ON 1/24/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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