The Bounty Killer (film)

The Bounty Killer is a 1965 American Technicolor Western film directed by Spencer Gordon Bennet and written by Ruth Alexander and Leo Gordon in Techniscope. The film stars Dan Duryea, Rod Cameron, Audrey Dalton, Richard Arlen, Buster Crabbe and Fuzzy Knight. Broncho Billy Anderson, the cinema's first Western film star, makes his final appearance in the film. [1][2][3] The film was released on July 31, 1965, by Embassy Pictures.

The Bounty Killer
Theatrical release poster
Directed bySpencer Gordon Bennet
Produced byAlex Gordon
Screenplay byRuth Alexander
Leo Gordon
StarringDan Duryea
Rod Cameron
Audrey Dalton
Richard Arlen
Buster Crabbe
Fuzzy Knight
Music byRonald Stein
CinematographyFrederick E. West
Edited byRonald Sinclair
Premiere Productions
Distributed byEmbassy Pictures
Release date
  • July 31, 1965 (1965-07-31)
Running time
92 minutes
CountryUnited States


Vermont native Willie Duggan comes west by stage coach. When he arrives in Silver Creek, broke but proud, he is befriended by the “captain”. Then he is brutally beaten for talking to dance hall hostess Carole Ridgeway. The thrashing, however, is terminated by Johnny Liam, who shoots and kills Duggan's assailant. Duggan finds work with a transport company, delivering the miners' payroll. When Duggan and his assistant Luther are ambushed, Duggan kills the robber.

After discovering that rewards are given for such work, Duggan and Luther become bounty hunters. Although they capture outlaw Mike Clayman, his henchmen follow the pair, killing Luther and wounding Duggan. The unconscious victim is found by rancher Ridgeway, whose daughter Carole restores the gunman to health. Despite his love for Carole, Duggan resolves to avenge his partner's death, cuts a double-barrel shotgun down to pistol length, and launches a one-man campaign to exterminate outlaws, Johnny Liam's younger brother among them. and later, Liam himself.

In his zeal, Duggan finally kills an innocent man, becoming a criminal in his own right. While eloping with Carole, Duggan himself is slain from ambush by a bounty hunter.



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