The Hellions

The Hellions is a 1961 British adventure film directed by Ken Annakin[1] starring Richard Todd, Anne Aubrey, Lionel Jeffries, Ronald Fraser and Colin Blakely that was set and filmed in South Africa.[2]

The Hellions
Directed byKen Annakin
Produced byHarold Huth
Irving Allen
Written byHarold Huth
Patrick Kirwan
Harold Swanton
Based onstory by Harold Swanton
StarringRichard Todd
Music byLarry Adler
CinematographyTed Moore
Edited byBert Rule
Irving Allen Productions
Jamie Uys Film Productions
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
2 November 1961 (London)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A lone law enforcement officer, Sam Hargis (Richard Todd), battles criminals in South Africa when the Billings family of Luke Billings (Lionel Jeffries) and his four sons ride into town to get revenge on Hargis for a previous clash, when he ran Luke Billings out of town. At first, the locals leave all of the fighting to Hargis, saying that it is his sole responsibility. However, after the Billings kill two innocent residents, some of them arm themselves and shoot dead all the Billings except Luke who, during a fist fight with Hargis, falls from a roof and is killed.



The New York Times called it "High Noon on the veldt... wide screen drivel."[3]


  1. The New York Times
  2. HELLIONS, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 28, Iss. 324, (Jan 1, 1961): 169.
  3. 'Hellions,' in British Western, Play 'High Noon' on the Veld New York Times 15 Mar 1962: 28.

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