Welcome to Hard Times (1967)

103 mins | Western | 1967

Director:

Burt Kennedy

Writer:

Burt Kennedy

Cinematographer:

Harry Stradling, Jr.

Editor:

Aaron Stell

Production Designers:

George W. Davis, Carl Anderson

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Conejo Valley, ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Conejo Valley, California. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Max E. Youngstein-David Karr Production
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Prod
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Cam op
Asst cam
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
Scr supv
Stills
Gaffer
Gaffer
Casting
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Welcome to Hard Times by E. L. Doctorow (New York, 1960).
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 1 May 1967
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Copyright Date:
31 December 1966
Copyright Number:
LP34092
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Metrocolor
Duration(in mins):
103
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Hard Times, a tiny frontier settlement consisting of a few ramshackle buildings and a stable, is terrorized one day by the "Man from Bodie," a stranger who brutally murders several people, rapes dancehall girl Molly Riordan, and burns the town to the ground before riding away. Only four of the survivors try to rebuild the town: Will Blue, lawyer and unofficial mayor; Jimmy Fee, young son of one of the murder victims; John Bear, a Pawnee Indian; and Molly. Consumed by hatred and convinced that Will is a coward, Molly teaches Jimmy how to shoot in anticipation of the stranger's inevitable return. As the survivors rebuild Hard Times, they are joined by Zar, who arrives with whiskey and women to set up a traveling saloon for neighboring miners. After a bitter winter, Hard Times begins to resemble a community once again. Finally, the stranger returns, and Molly's hysteria forces Will into taking a stand. His shot only wounds the stranger, and Molly is grabbed by the wounded man as she tries to stab him; Jimmy then tries to end the struggle by shooting the stranger, but he accidentally kills Molly instead. Aware now that bitterness can only lead to tragedy, Will decides to remain in Hard Times to ensure its safety for future ... +


Hard Times, a tiny frontier settlement consisting of a few ramshackle buildings and a stable, is terrorized one day by the "Man from Bodie," a stranger who brutally murders several people, rapes dancehall girl Molly Riordan, and burns the town to the ground before riding away. Only four of the survivors try to rebuild the town: Will Blue, lawyer and unofficial mayor; Jimmy Fee, young son of one of the murder victims; John Bear, a Pawnee Indian; and Molly. Consumed by hatred and convinced that Will is a coward, Molly teaches Jimmy how to shoot in anticipation of the stranger's inevitable return. As the survivors rebuild Hard Times, they are joined by Zar, who arrives with whiskey and women to set up a traveling saloon for neighboring miners. After a bitter winter, Hard Times begins to resemble a community once again. Finally, the stranger returns, and Molly's hysteria forces Will into taking a stand. His shot only wounds the stranger, and Molly is grabbed by the wounded man as she tries to stab him; Jimmy then tries to end the struggle by shooting the stranger, but he accidentally kills Molly instead. Aware now that bitterness can only lead to tragedy, Will decides to remain in Hard Times to ensure its safety for future residents. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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