Black Spurs (1965)

81 mins | Western | 28 May 1965

Director:

R. G. Springsteen

Writer:

Steve Fisher

Producer:

A. C. Lyles

Editor:

Archie Marshek

Production Designers:

Hal Pereira, Al Roelofs

Production Company:

A. C. Lyles Productions
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HISTORY

The 26 Jun 1964 LAT announced that the film was the first under producer A. C. Lyles’s contract with Paramount Pictures. Principal photography began 9 Sep 1964, according to an 11 Sep 1964 DV production chart.
       The picture marked the screen return of actress Linda Darnell following an eight-year absence. The 4 Oct 1964 LAT reported that she amused the cast and crew by appearing on set carrying a spear, saying it was an attempt to “build up” her role. She also labeled her dressing room “Café Linda,” where she cooked lunch for anyone who wished to join her.
       The 17 Sep 1964 DV revealed that cast member Jerome Courtland was also acting as dialogue coach.
       Linda Darnell died 10 Apr 1965, one month before the film was released, after being severely burned in a house fire. According to that day’s LAT, the actress was staying at the home of her former secretary, Mrs. Jeanne Curtis, when the blaze occurred early the previous morning. The tragedy was reportedly caused by a smoldering cigarette, which ignited the living-room sofa.
       Black Spurs opened 28 May 1965 at the Paramount Theatre in New York City, along with a stage show featuring the Soul Brother, Jamo Thomas, and Joe Tex. Reviews were mixed: While the 4 May 1965 DV called the film “a well-made oater,” the 29 May 1965 NYT lamented Darnell’s final role as a minor character in a “standard little” western. ... More Less

The 26 Jun 1964 LAT announced that the film was the first under producer A. C. Lyles’s contract with Paramount Pictures. Principal photography began 9 Sep 1964, according to an 11 Sep 1964 DV production chart.
       The picture marked the screen return of actress Linda Darnell following an eight-year absence. The 4 Oct 1964 LAT reported that she amused the cast and crew by appearing on set carrying a spear, saying it was an attempt to “build up” her role. She also labeled her dressing room “Café Linda,” where she cooked lunch for anyone who wished to join her.
       The 17 Sep 1964 DV revealed that cast member Jerome Courtland was also acting as dialogue coach.
       Linda Darnell died 10 Apr 1965, one month before the film was released, after being severely burned in a house fire. According to that day’s LAT, the actress was staying at the home of her former secretary, Mrs. Jeanne Curtis, when the blaze occurred early the previous morning. The tragedy was reportedly caused by a smoldering cigarette, which ignited the living-room sofa.
       Black Spurs opened 28 May 1965 at the Paramount Theatre in New York City, along with a stage show featuring the Soul Brother, Jamo Thomas, and Joe Tex. Reviews were mixed: While the 4 May 1965 DV called the film “a well-made oater,” the 29 May 1965 NYT lamented Darnell’s final role as a minor character in a “standard little” western.
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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Daily Variety
11 Sep 1964
p. 8.
Daily Variety
17 Sep 1964
p. 3.
Daily Variety
18 Sep 1964
p. 2.
Daily Variety
4 May 1965
p. 3.
Daily Variety
1 Jun 1965
p. 3.
Los Angeles Times
26 Jun 1964
Section D, p. 11.
Los Angeles Times
4 Oct 1964
Section U, p. 9.
Los Angeles Times
10 Apr 1965
p. 1, 8.
Los Angeles Times
3 Sep 1965
Section D, p. 7.
New York Times
29 May 1965
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
MUSIC
SOUND
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
SOURCES
SONGS
"Black Spurs," music by Jimmy Haskell, lyrics by By Dunham.
DETAILS
Release Date:
28 May 1965
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 28 May 1965
Production Date:
began 9 September 1964
Copyright Claimant:
A. C. Lyles Productions
Copyright Date:
31 December 1964
Copyright Number:
LP30825
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Techniscope
Duration(in mins):
81
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In Kansas of the 1880's, in order to buy a ranch and settle down with his fiancée, Anna, Santee sets out to become a bounty hunter. He returns 8 months later to find that Anna has married Ralph Elkins, Sheriff of Lark. Santee approaches landowner Gus Kile with a plan for discrediting the town of Lark so that the new railroad will be routed instead through Kile's town and thus increase property values. Sheriff Nemo of the town of Kile persuades the landowner that he can carry out the scheme more efficiently, but when Nemo tries to kill Santee, he is gunned down. Santee then forces Pete, Lark's saloon keeper, to finance the importation of bouncer Henderson, gambler Swifty, and a group of dancehall girls in the employ of Sadie, a madam from New Orleans. Santee, however, repudiates Henderson and his vicious gang after they tar and feather Sheriff Elkins and injure Tanner, the local preacher. Vowing to clean up the town he himself has brought to ruin, Santee destroys the gunslingers and leaves with the good wishes of Anna and her ... +


In Kansas of the 1880's, in order to buy a ranch and settle down with his fiancée, Anna, Santee sets out to become a bounty hunter. He returns 8 months later to find that Anna has married Ralph Elkins, Sheriff of Lark. Santee approaches landowner Gus Kile with a plan for discrediting the town of Lark so that the new railroad will be routed instead through Kile's town and thus increase property values. Sheriff Nemo of the town of Kile persuades the landowner that he can carry out the scheme more efficiently, but when Nemo tries to kill Santee, he is gunned down. Santee then forces Pete, Lark's saloon keeper, to finance the importation of bouncer Henderson, gambler Swifty, and a group of dancehall girls in the employ of Sadie, a madam from New Orleans. Santee, however, repudiates Henderson and his vicious gang after they tar and feather Sheriff Elkins and injure Tanner, the local preacher. Vowing to clean up the town he himself has brought to ruin, Santee destroys the gunslingers and leaves with the good wishes of Anna and her husband. +

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