Flesh and the Spur (1956)

78 or 80 mins | Western | 25 September 1956

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HISTORY

Although the film was shot and released in color, the viewed print was in black-and-white. The Var review lists Ronald Sinclair as film editor, and HR production charts listed Bob Benson as editor. However, only Robert S. Eisen was credited onscreen. Benson's and Sinclair's contributions to the film, if any, have not been confirmed. In addition, although copyright records list Pathecolor as the color process, reviews list Eastman Color. MPH listed the release date for Flesh and the Spur as 25 Sep 1956, but the film was not reviewed until Feb 1957. According to contemporary news items, the film was shot on location at various ranches in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, ... More Less

Although the film was shot and released in color, the viewed print was in black-and-white. The Var review lists Ronald Sinclair as film editor, and HR production charts listed Bob Benson as editor. However, only Robert S. Eisen was credited onscreen. Benson's and Sinclair's contributions to the film, if any, have not been confirmed. In addition, although copyright records list Pathecolor as the color process, reviews list Eastman Color. MPH listed the release date for Flesh and the Spur as 25 Sep 1956, but the film was not reviewed until Feb 1957. According to contemporary news items, the film was shot on location at various ranches in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, CA. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Feb 1957.
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Daily Variety
18 Feb 57
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jul 1956
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 1956
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Feb 57
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
9 Feb 57
p. 257.
Variety
20 Feb 1957.
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
WRITERS
Story and scr
Story and scr
Addl dial
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Prop master
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus score comp, arr and cond
Mus ed
MAKEUP
Makeup
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod supv
Tech adv
Scr supv
SOURCES
SONGS
"My Brother and I," music and lyrics by Ross Bagdasarian.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
25 September 1956
Production Date:
ended 10 July 1956
Copyright Claimant:
Hy Productions
Copyright Date:
15 October 1956
Copyright Number:
LP7432
Physical Properties:
Sound
Ryder Sound Services, Inc.
Color
Eastman Color by Pathé Laboratories
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
78 or 80
Length(in feet):
7,086
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
18221
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After killing a guard during a jail break, convict Stacey Doggett escapes into the desert. Pursued by the authorities, Stacey slays farmer Matthew Random, steals his ivory-handled gun and escapes on horseback. Matthew’s twin brother Luke vows to avenge his brother's death after learning that the escaped convict was a member of the Checkers gang. Stacey camps in the desert nearby, and when his fellow Checkers' members ride up, one of them shoots Stacey in the back, but he survives. Luke, meanwhile, rides in search of Matthew’s gun, which matches his own, believing that it will be in the killer’s possession. At a lake, Luke attempts to rescue a Havasupi Indian woman named Willow when she is assaulted by Checkers member Pete Longo. When Stacey shoots Longo, Willow flees. Luke allies himself with the gunman, unaware that he is Matthew’s killer, because Stacey is also seeking revenge against the Checkers. When the men catch Willow stealing the clothes they hung out to dry, she reveals that she was exiled from her tribe because of her relationship with Longo, who later turned on her. As Willow knows that Longo was headed for Red Bud, she agrees to accompany Stacey and Luke there to identify the other gang members. Stacey reluctantly consents to Luke’s decree that they leave Willow alone. One night, Willow secretly admits to Luke that she has seen his gun before, and warns him not to trust Stacey. They kiss, but Luke withdraws because of their agreement. When they encounter two medicine show wagons, Willow recognizes Rena, the daughter of snake oil salesman Windy as being the ... +


After killing a guard during a jail break, convict Stacey Doggett escapes into the desert. Pursued by the authorities, Stacey slays farmer Matthew Random, steals his ivory-handled gun and escapes on horseback. Matthew’s twin brother Luke vows to avenge his brother's death after learning that the escaped convict was a member of the Checkers gang. Stacey camps in the desert nearby, and when his fellow Checkers' members ride up, one of them shoots Stacey in the back, but he survives. Luke, meanwhile, rides in search of Matthew’s gun, which matches his own, believing that it will be in the killer’s possession. At a lake, Luke attempts to rescue a Havasupi Indian woman named Willow when she is assaulted by Checkers member Pete Longo. When Stacey shoots Longo, Willow flees. Luke allies himself with the gunman, unaware that he is Matthew’s killer, because Stacey is also seeking revenge against the Checkers. When the men catch Willow stealing the clothes they hung out to dry, she reveals that she was exiled from her tribe because of her relationship with Longo, who later turned on her. As Willow knows that Longo was headed for Red Bud, she agrees to accompany Stacey and Luke there to identify the other gang members. Stacey reluctantly consents to Luke’s decree that they leave Willow alone. One night, Willow secretly admits to Luke that she has seen his gun before, and warns him not to trust Stacey. They kiss, but Luke withdraws because of their agreement. When they encounter two medicine show wagons, Willow recognizes Rena, the daughter of snake oil salesman Windy as being the girl friend of Checkers gang member Cale Tanner. Stacey buys some of Windy’s “Wonder Water,” and they agree to ride together to Red Bud for safety. That night, while Stacey flirts with Lola, a performer in the show, Windy warns Luke not to trust Stacey, and also teaches him gun-handling tricks. Windy fears for his daughter’s chastity, and when Rena attempts to run away with Tanner, Windy fires a shot at him, sending him fleeing. Windy then warns Rena that he will kill Tanner at the first opportunity. Later, Luke and Stacey watch Windy’s medicine show at the Red Bud saloon. When Luke sees the mate to his gun hanging from a belt near the door, where everyone is required to leave their weapons, Luke identifies a Checkers gang member and assaults him. Unaccustomed to brawling, Luke is quickly knocked out and Stacey jumps into the fray. Stacey gores the man in the throat with a spur, after which Windy interrupts his show to pursue Rena and Tanner, who has taken Matthew’s gun. A revived Luke joins Stacey in a search for Rena, whose body they find in the woods. After Rena is buried, Windy joins Luke, Stacey and Willow on their mission of vengeance. One night, Stacey forces himself on Willow and beats her when she resists. Luke confronts Stacey, but Windy breaks up their fight and insists they make peace. The small group is ambushed by the Checkers gang when they later ride into Havasupi territory. In the ensuing gunfight, Stacey is wounded and after Luke rescues him, they retreat. Stacey survives his injury and later that night, Willow confides to Windy that she recognizes Stacey as a former Checkers gang member. Willow then asks Windy to help her look after Luke. A few days after Stacey has recovered, the vigilantes engage in another gun battle with the Checkers gang and, after killing many men, they follow Tanner into the desert. One evening, Willow encourages Luke’s affection, but he insists that his mission comes first. After two more gun battles, Willow is abducted by her tribesmen, who strip her and tie her to a tree. Tanner kills Windy during a gunfight and escapes, with Stacey and Luke in pursuit. When Stacey meets up with Tanner and hesitates pulling the trigger, Luke shoots and kills Tanner, then recovers Matthew’s gun. Stacey reveals that Tanner is actually his father, and shot him in the back so he could take over the gang. Stacey then admits to killing Matthew, and challenges Luke to a duel. Although Stacey had previously mocked the farmer’s unskilled gunmanship, Luke now kills his former friend, then rescues Willow. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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