Six Black Horses

Six Black Horses is a 1962 American Eastmancolor Western film directed by Harry Keller and starring Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea and Joan O'Brien.[2]

Six Black Horses
Directed byHarry Keller
Produced byGordon Kay
Written byBurt Kennedy
StarringAudie Murphy
Dan Duryea
Joan O'Brien
CinematographyMaury Gertsman
Edited byAaron Stell
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • March 28, 1962 (1962-03-28) (San Francisco)
  • April 24, 1962 (1962-04-24) (United States)
Running time
80 minutes
CountryUnited States


Ben Lane (Audie Murphy) is breaking a horse in the desert that he believes to be stray. He is caught by some farmers who believe he is a horse thief when he is saved by Frank Jesse (Dan Duryea). Lane and Jesse are hired by Kelly (Joan O'Brien) who pays them to take her to a town to be with her husband. In reality, Kelly is setting up Jesse because he killed her husband in a shootout. A unique part of the film is that Lane takes in a collie dog that goes with him everywhere, including riding the pack horse.



Universal hired Burt Kennedy to write an original film script. Kennedy said he wrote it with Richard Widmark in mind.[3]

Parts of the film were shot at Snow Canyon and Leeds in Utah.[4]

Comic book adaption

  • Dell Movie Classic: Six Black Horses (January 1963)[5][6]

See also


  1. Don Graham, No Name on the Bullet: The Biography of Audie Murphy, Penguin, 1989 p 291
  2. Six Black Horses at Audie Murphy Memorial Site
  3. Joyner, C. Courtney (2009). The Westerners: Interviews with Actors, Directors, Writers and Producers. McFarland. p. 135.
  4. D'Arc, James V. (2010). When Hollywood came to town: a history of moviemaking in Utah (1st ed.). Layton, Utah: Gibbs Smith. ISBN 9781423605874.
  5. Dell Movie Classic: Six Black Horses at the Grand Comics Database
  6. Dell Movie Classic: Six Black Horses at the Comic Book DB (archived from the original)

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