The Long Rope (1961 film)

The Long Rope is a 1961 American Western film directed by William Witney and written by Robert Hamner. The film stars Hugh Marlowe, Alan Hale, Jr., Robert J. Wilke, Chris Robinson, William Kerwin and Jeff Morris. The film was released in February 1961, by 20th Century Fox.[1][2][3]

The Long Rope
Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Witney
Produced byMargia Dean
Robert Hamner
Screenplay byRobert Hamner
StarringHugh Marlowe
Alan Hale, Jr.
Robert J. Wilke
Chris Robinson
William Kerwin
Jeff Morris
Music byPaul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
CinematographyKay Norton
Edited byPeter Rolfe Johnson
Associated Produers Inc
Margo Productions
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 1961 (1961-02)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited States



  • Hugh Marlowe as Jonas Stone
  • Alan Hale, Jr. as Sheriff John Millard
  • Robert J. Wilke as Ben Matthews
  • Chris Robinson as Reb Gilroy
  • William Kerwin as Steve Matthews
  • Jeff Morris as Will Matthews
  • Lisa Montell as Alicia Alvarez
  • David Renard as Louis Ortega
  • Madeleine Taylor Holmes as Doña Vega
  • John A. Alonzo as Manuel Alvarez
  • Jack Powers as Luke Simms
  • Kathryn Hart as Mrs. Creech
  • Jack Carlin as Henchman
  • Scott Randall as Henchman
  • Steve Welles as Jim Matthews
  • Linda Cordova as Mexican Waitress


The film was produced by Margia Dean, who had appeared in a number of films for Robert L. Lippert. She started up her own production company, Margot Productions. She hired William Witney to direct because she had worked with him on The Secret of the Purple Reef. "He was likeable and worked well with actors," she later said. "He was capable and within the price range, so I hired him... He did a good job."[4]

The film was announced in October 1960.[5]

Dean later announced she would produced Hailstorm Country for 20th Century Fox[6] but the film was not made.


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