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Black Spurs (1965)

Approved | | Western | 1 June 1965 (USA)
A dissatisfied ranch hand becomes a bounty hunter. He conspires with a crooked town boss to dirty up a neighboring village where a valuable railroad franchise is headed, in order to divert ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Rory Calhoun ... Santee
Linda Darnell ... Sadie
Terry Moore ... Anna Elkins
Scott Brady ... Rev. Tanner
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Gus Kile (as Lon Chaney)
Richard Arlen ... Pete Muchin
Bruce Cabot ... Bill Henderson
Patricia Owens ... Clare Grubbs
James Best ... Sheriff Ralph Elkins
Jerome Courtland ... Sam Grubbs
DeForest Kelley ... Sheriff Dal Nemo
Joseph Hoover Joseph Hoover ... Swifty
James Brown ... Sheriff
Robert Carricart ... El Pescadore
Barbara Wilkin Barbara Wilkin ... Mrs. Rourke


A dissatisfied ranch hand becomes a bounty hunter. He conspires with a crooked town boss to dirty up a neighboring village where a valuable railroad franchise is headed, in order to divert it to the town the boss owns. Then, he finds that his former fiancée is married to the sheriff of the town he seeks to destroy. Written by phillindholm

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Release Date:

1 June 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Espuelas negras See more »

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A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Color (Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Final film of Linda Darnell. See more »


Very obvious use of stunt doubles in the fight between Santee (Rory Calhoun (I)) and Rev. Tanner (Scott Brady (I)). See more »

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Linda Darnell and Lon Chaney
28 November 2014 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

1964's "Black Spurs" marked the fourth of 13 A.C. Lyles B-Western productions for Paramount in the mid 60s, and another offbeat choice for the veteran filmmaker in that leading man Rory Calhoun is no shining hero, but a bounty hunter known only as Santee looking for bigger and better paydays. His hard riding presence in every town is enough to make the citizens quake in fear, and his arrival in the Kansas town of Kyle is no coincidence, as Gus Kyle (Lon Chaney) is amenable to any scheme to enrich himself by diverting the railroad from the neighboring town of Lark to his own, with Santee's ultimate reward a tract of land (along with a hefty fee). Complications such as Lark's sheriff (James Best) being married to Santee's old sweetheart (Terry Moore), or its 2 fisted man of the cloth (Scott Brady), are no deterrent to Santee's goal to bring women and gambling to the forefront of the formerly peaceful town. The madam is played by a second billed Linda Darnell, who plays her final role here, while Kyle Sheriff Nemo (STAR TREK's DeForest Kelley) provides an interesting subplot that fizzles out before it catches fire. Veterans Bruce Cabot and Richard Arlen are also among the bad guys, on their way to victory until Santee finds out what they've been doing behind his back. 4 for 4 for producer Lyles, Lon Chaney is as solid as ever (though only around for three scenes), while Scott Brady's Tanner demonstrates how the rope burns around his neck prove that he wasn't always a preacher, something repeated verbatim by John Carradine in a Scott Brady Western just two years later, Al Adamson's "Five Bloody Graves."

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