More Dead Than Alive

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More Dead Than Alive
More Dead Than Alive poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Directed byRobert Sparr
Produced byAubrey Schenck
Hal Klein
Written byGeorge Schenck
StarringClint Walker
Vincent Price
Anne Francis
Music byPhilip Springer
CinematographyJack Marquette
Edited byJohn F. Schreyer
Aubrey Schenck Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
January 15, 1969
Running time
101 min.
CountryUnited States

More Dead Than Alive is a 1969 film directed by Robert Sparr and produced by Aubrey Schenck. It was filmed at Agua Dulce, California.[1]


An incarcerated killer named Cain (Clint Walker) is released from prison after 18 years and wants to settle down as a rancher without ever having to touch a gun again. But no one will give him a job and people are after him for his earlier crimes. He finally takes an offer from a showman named Ruffalo (Vincent Price) to perform as "Killer Cain" in his traveling shooting show. However, after 18 years without practice, Cain is not as good as he once was with a gun. Cain tries to find redemption and peace when he falls in love and eventually marries Monica Alton (Anne Francis), an artist from the east who came out west to paint. Yet Cain's reputation continues to dog him as past enemies (Mike Henry) try to settle old scores and a young sharpshooter rival with mental issues in Ruffalo's show named Billy Valence (Paul Hampton) looking to build his reputation by killing Cain.

Principal cast[edit]

Actor Role
Clint Walker Cain
Vincent Price Dan Ruffalo
Anne Francis Monica Alton
Paul Hampton Billy
Mike Henry Luke Santee
William Woodson Warden

Critical reception[edit]

Reviewer Howard Thompson of The New York Times in 1969 praised the performances of Clint Walker and Anne Francis, but did not care for the movie, saying "More Dead Than Alive is a dogged but dinky little Western with the perfect title." He described Paul Hampton in the role of Billy as an "incredibly poor young actor" and concluded that "the title still fits: 'Dead' western."[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ More Dead Than Alive (1969) - Filming locations
  2. ^ Thompson, Howard (May 1, 1969). "Movie Review - More Dead Than Alive - 'Dead' Western -". Retrieved March 27, 2011.

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