Hell's Outpost

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.[1][2][3]

Hell's Outpost
Theatrical release poster
Directed byJoseph Kane
Produced byJoseph Kane
Screenplay byKenneth Gamet
Based onSilver Rock
by Luke Short
StarringRod Cameron
Joan Leslie
John Russell
Chill Wills
Ben Cooper
Kristine Miller
Music byR. Dale Butts
CinematographyJack A. Marta
Edited byRichard L. Van Enger
Distributed byRepublic Pictures
Release date
  • December 15, 1954 (1954-12-15)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States


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.



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  2. "Movie Review - - Screen: Jeep Opera; ' Hell's Outpost' Is a Latter-Day Western". NYTimes.com. 1955-02-26. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
  3. "Hell's Outpost". Afi.com. Retrieved 2015-12-02.
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