More Dead Than Alive
|More Dead Than Alive|
|Directed by||Robert Sparr|
|Produced by||Aubrey Schenck|
|Written by||George Schenck|
|Music by||Philip Springer|
|Edited by||John F. Schreyer|
Aubrey Schenck Productions
|Distributed by||United Artists|
|January 15, 1969|
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.
|Vincent Price||Dan Ruffalo|
|Anne Francis||Monica Alton|
|Mike Henry||Luke Santee|
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."
- More Dead Than Alive (1969) - Filming locations
- Thompson, Howard (May 1, 1969). "Movie Review - More Dead Than Alive - 'Dead' Western - NYTimes.com". movies.nytimes.com. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
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