Hell Bent for Leather (film)


Hell Bent for Leather is a 1960 American CinemaScope Western film directed by George Sherman and starring Audie Murphy, Felicia Farr, Stephen McNally and Robert Middleton.[2] The film was based on the 1959 novel Outlaw Marshal by Ray Hogan and filmed on location in the Alabama Hills of Lone Pine, California.

Hell Bent for Leather
Original film poster
Directed byGeorge Sherman
Screenplay byChristopher Knopf
Based onOutlaw Marshal by Ray Hogan
Produced byGordon Kay
StarringAudie Murphy
Felicia Farr
Stephen McNally
Robert Middleton
CinematographyClifford Stine
Edited byMilton Carruth
Music byIrving Gertz
William Lava
Color processEastmancolor
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • February 1, 1960 (1960-02-01)
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited States


Clay Santell (Audie Murphy) has his horse stolen and stops in the town of Sutterville. He is mistaken by townspeople for a murderer named Travers (Jan Merlin), and is handed over to Marshal Harry Deckett (Stephen McNally). Deckett knows the truth but decides to kill Clay and pass him off as the real Travers to enhance his reputation and collect the reward money. Clay escapes and takes a woman (Felicia Farr) hostage until he can prove his innocence.



The film was the first of seven low-budget Westerns Audie Murphy made for producer Gordon Kay at Universal. They would be shot in 18–20 days at a budget of around $500,000, and normally feature only three main roles: the hero (played by Murphy), female lead, and villain.[1] The other films were:

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  1. ^ a b Don Graham, No Name on the Bullet: The Biography of Audie Murphy, Penguin, 1989 p 291
  2. ^ Hell Bent for Leather at Audie Murphy Memorial Site

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