Hell's Outpost is a 1954 American action film directed by Joseph Kane and written by Kenneth Gamet. It is based on the 1953 novel Silver Rock by Luke Short. The film stars Rod Cameron, Joan Leslie, John Russell, Chill Wills, Ben Cooper and Kristine Miller. The film was released on December 15, 1954, by Republic Pictures.
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Joseph Kane|
|Produced by||Joseph Kane|
|Screenplay by||Kenneth Gamet|
|Based on||Silver Rock|
by Luke Short
|Music by||R. Dale Butts|
|Cinematography||Jack A. Marta|
|Edited by||Richard L. Van Enger|
|Distributed by||Republic Pictures|
Tully Gibbs arrives in a California mining town looking for Kevin Russel, whose late son Al he had known in Korea during the war. Tully brings letters dictated by Al, who had lost the use of his hands. Kevin is grateful, saying Al had mentioned his friend Tully in previous correspondence.
Wealthy local bully Ben Hodes takes a dislike to Tully, particularly his attentions to Sarah Moffit, a woman Ben wants to have for himself. Challenged to a fight, Tully says he will oblige, provided Ben lends him $10,000 if he wins. Tully then knocks him cold.
Ben keeps his end of the bargain, but after Tully uses the money to begin a rival mining enterprise, Ben sabotages a bulldozer, organizes a roadblock and impedes Tully wherever he attempts to go. Sarah confides in Sam Horne, the newspaper publisher, that she doubts the authenticity of Tully's story about Al's letters.
An attempt by Ben to blow up Tully's mine with dynamite backfires, leaving Ben dead. Tully discovers that Kevin has known all along that he wrote the letters from Korea himself, pretending the sentiments were Al's. He is forgiven, by Sarah as well.
- Rod Cameron as Tully Gibbs
- Joan Leslie as Sarah Moffit
- John Russell as Ben Hodes
- Chill Wills as Kevin Russel
- Ben Cooper as Alec Bacchione
- Kristine Miller as Beth Hodes
- Jim Davis as Sam Horne
- Taylor Holmes as Timothy Byers
- Barton MacLane as Sheriff Olson
- Ruth Lee as Mrs. Moffit
- Arthur Q. Bryan as Harry
- Oliver Blake as Hotel Clerk
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