Hell Bent for Leather (film)

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Hell Bent for Leather
Original film poster
Directed by George Sherman
Produced by Gordon Kay
Written by Christopher Knopf
Based on Outlaw Marshal by Ray Hogan
Starring Audie Murphy
Felicia Farr
Stephen McNally
Robert Middleton
Music by Irving Gertz
William Lava
Cinematography Clifford Stine
Edited by Milton Carruth
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • February 1, 1960 (1960-02-01) (United States)
Running time
82 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $500,000[1]

Hell Bent for Leather is a 1960 American CinemaScope Eastmancolor Western film directed by George Sherman starring Audie Murphy, Felicia Farr, Stephen McNally and Robert Middleton.[2] The film was based on the 1959 novel Outlaw Marshal by Ray Hogan and filmed on location in the Alabama Hills of Lone Pine, California..


Clay Santell (Audie Murphy) has his horse stolen and stops in the town of Sutterville. He is mistaken by townspeople for a murderer named Travers (Jan Merlin), so hand him over to Marshal Harry Deckett (Stephen McNally). Deckett knows the truth but decides to kill Clay and pass him off as the real Travers to enhance his reputation and collect the reward money. Clay escapes and takes a woman (Felicia Farr) hostage until he can prove his innocence.



The film was the first of seven low-budget Westerns Audie Murphy made for producer Gordon Kay at Universal. They would be shot in 18–20 days at a budget of around $500,000, and normally feature only three main roles: the hero (played by Murphy), female lead, and villain.[1] The other films were:

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  1. ^ a b Don Graham, No Name on the Bullet: The Biography of Audie Murphy, Penguin, 1989 p 291
  2. ^ Hell Bent for Leather at Audie Murphy Memorial Site

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