Best Western Movies of 1961


The Misfits

7.2/10 IMDB

While filing for a divorce, beautiful ex-stripper Roslyn Taber ends up meeting aging cowboy-turned-gambler Gay Langland and former World War II aviator Guido Racanelli. The two men instantly become infatuated with Roslyn and, on a whim, the three decide to move into Guido's half-finished desert home together. When grizzled ex-rodeo rider Perce Howland arrives, the unlikely foursome strike up a business capturing wild horses.

Starring: Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Montgomery Clift, Thelma Ritter, Eli Wallach, James Barton, Kevin McCarthy, Estelle Winwood, Rex Bell, John Huston ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1961-02-01

One-Eyed Jacks

7.1/10 IMDB

Running from the law after a bank robbery in Mexico, Dad Longworth finds an opportunity to take the stolen gold and leave his partner Rio to be captured. Years later, Rio escapes from the prison where he has been since, and hunts down Dad for revenge. Dad is now a respectable sheriff in California, and has been living in fear of Rio's return.

Starring: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Katy Jurado, Pina Pellicer, Ben Johnson, Slim Pickens, Larry Duran, Sam Gilman, Timothy Carey, Miriam Colon ..
Directed by: Marlon Brando
Release date: 1961-03-30

The Comancheros

6.8/10 IMDB

Texas Ranger Jake Cutter arrests gambler Paul Regret, but soon finds himself teamed with his prisoner in an undercover effort to defeat a band of renegade arms merchants and thieves known as Comancheros.

Starring: John Wayne, Stuart Whitman, Ina Balin, Nehemiah Persoff, Lee Marvin, Michael Ansara, Patrick Wayne, Bruce Cabot, Joan O'Brien, Jack Elam ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz, John Wayne
Release date: 1961-12-22

Two Rode Together

6.7/10 IMDB

Two tough westerners bring home a group of settlers who have spent years as Comanche hostages.

Starring: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones, Linda Cristal, Andy Devine, John McIntire, Paul Birch, Willis Bouchey, Henry Brandon, Harry Carey, Jr. ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1961-07-26

The Last Sunset

6.7/10 IMDB

Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman Dana Stribling who has a personal reason for getting him back into his jurisdiction. Both men join Breckenridge and his wife on the drive. As they near Texas tensions mount, not least because Stribling is starting to court Belle, and O'Malley is increasingly drawn by her daughter Missy.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Kirk Douglas, Dorothy Malone, Joseph Cotten, Carol Lynley, Neville Brand, Regis Toomey, James Westmoreland, Adam Williams, Jack Elam ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1961-06-08

Posse from Hell

6.6/10 IMDB

Murphy goes after bad guys who shot his friend the sheriff and abducted a local girl. In a plot reminiscent of High Noon, the posse of town blowhards gradually abandons Murphy; only tenderfoot banker Saxon remains, to prove his manhood. When they find the girl, obviously abused by her captors, Murphy shows her acceptance and sympathy whereas the others disply only revulsion.

Starring: Audie Murphy, John Saxon, Zohra Lampert, Vic Morrow, Robert Keith, Rodolfo Acosta, Royal Dano, Frank Overton, Lee Van Cleef, Ray Teal ..
Directed by: Herbert Coleman
Release date: 1961-03-01
Best Western Movies of 1961 : The Deadly Companions

The Deadly Companions

6.1/10 IMDB

Ex-army officer accidentally kills a woman's son, tries to make up for it by escorting the funeral procession through dangerous Indian territory.

Starring: Maureen O'Hara, Brian Keith, Steve Cochran, Chill Wills, Strother Martin, Will Wright, James O'Hara, Peter O'Crotty, Billy Vaughan, Chuck Hayward ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1961-06-06
Best Western Movies of 1961 : The Singer Not the Song

The Singer Not the Song

6.2/10 IMDB

A Roman Catholic priest defies a Mexican bandit whose gang kills villagers in alphabetical order.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, John Mills, Mylène Demongeot, Laurence Naismith, John Bentley, Leslie French, Eric Pohlmann, Philip Gilbert, Roger Delgado, Arthur Brough ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1961-01-05
Best Western Movies of 1961 : Gold of the Seven Saints

Gold of the Seven Saints

6.3/10 IMDB

Fur-trapping partners stumble across a cache of gold, but their discovery quickly attracts every greedy villain in the territory.

Starring: Clint Walker, Roger Moore, Letícia Román, Robert Middleton, Chill Wills, Gene Evans, Roberto Contreras, Jack Williams, Art Stewart, Nestor Paiva ..
Directed by: Gordon Douglas
Release date: 1961-02-18

The Second Time Around

6.4/10 IMDB

In 1911, a widow with two children leaves New York City for territorial Arizona and becomes a ranch hand and later gets herself elected sheriff. A gambler and a rancher become rivals for her affections.

Starring: Debbie Reynolds, Steve Forrest, Andy Griffith, Juliet Prowse, Thelma Ritter, Ken Scott, Isobel Elsom, Rodolfo Acosta, Timothy Carey, Tom Greenway ..
Directed by: Vincent Sherman
Release date: 1961-12-22
Best Western Movies of 1961 : The Hellions

The Hellions

5.8/10 IMDB

Luke Billings (Lionel Jeffries) and his family have a problem with the new police sergeant Sam Hargis (Richard Todd) so they take over a small Transvaal town with the attention of drawing Hargis into a showdown. Hargis tries to get back up from the townsfolk who do not want to know, so is forced to lay low. As things get out of hand one of the Billings boys takes an interest in the storekeeper's wife, Priss Dobbs (Anne Aubrey). Having had enough her husband, Ernie (Jamie Uys) takes up the gun and heads down the main street alone. An act that prompts Hargis to join him. Slowly, the townsfolk turn up to back them up.

Starring: Richard Todd, Anne Aubrey, Jamie Uys, Marty Wilde, Lionel Jeffries, James Booth, Al Mulock, Colin Blakely, Ronald Fraser, Zena Walker ..
Directed by: Irving Allen, Ken Annakin
Release date: 1961-11-27
Best Western Movies of 1961 : The Canadians

The Canadians

5.4/10 IMDB

When the Sioux come to Canada, the Canadians permit them to stay in Canada if they come peacefully. However, some cowboys kill all inhabitants of one of their villages. The cowboys seek to get back their horses, but they pretend to search for a girl who once had been robbed by the Indians.

Starring: Robert Ryan, John Dehner, Torin Thatcher, Burt Metcalfe, John Sutton, Jack Creley, Scott Peters, Richard Alden, Teresa Stratas ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy
Release date: 1961-03-11
Best Western Movies of 1961 : The Grave

The Grave

7.4/10 IMDB

Old West lawman Conny Miller visits the grave of a man who he failed to track down to prove he was never afraid of him but gets more than he bargained for.

Starring: Rod Serling, Lee Marvin, James Best, Strother Martin, Elen Willard, Lee Van Cleef, William Challee, Stafford Repp, Larry Johns, Dick Geary ..
Directed by: Montgomery Pittman
Release date: 1961-10-27

A Thunder of Drums

5.9/10 IMDB

Captain Maddocks will never be promoted beyond Captain because of a mistake that he made in the past. Lt. McQuade is a green rookie who is now under the command of the tough Captain and he does not seem to be able to do anything right. Lt. McQuade also has trouble with Tracey, but it will be the renegade Indians that will test him and teach him the importance of following orders.

Starring: Richard Boone, George Hamilton, Luana Patten, Arthur O'Connell, Charles Bronson, Richard Chamberlain, James Douglas, Tammy Marihugh, Carole Wells, Duane Eddy ..
Directed by: Joseph M. Newman
Release date: 1961-09-26
Best Western Movies of 1961 : Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon

Gunfight at Black Horses Canyon

5.2/10 IMDB

Feature-length Western based on the hit TV show 'Tales of Wells Fargo,' about a Wells Fargo Company troubleshooter who becomes the target of an outlaw he helped send to prison.

Starring: Dale Robertson, Jack Ging, William Demarest, George Kennedy, Rod Cameron, Patricia Owens, Philip Carey, Claude Akins, Mary Jane Saunders, Lory Patrick ..
Directed by: R.G. Springsteen
Release date: 1961-10-17

Escuela de valientes

5.9/10 IMDB

Mexican western 1961

Starring: Eulalio González, Rosita Quintana, Arturo Martínez, Jaime Fernández, Agustín Isunza, Margarita Delgado ..
Directed by: Julián Soler
Release date: 1961-10-12
Best Western Movies of 1961 : The Long Rope

The Long Rope

6.0/10 IMDB

A judge in a murder trial, believing the defendant is innocent, sets out to find the real killer.

Starring: Hugh Marlowe, Alan Hale Jr., Robert J. Wilke, Chris Robinson, William Kerwin, Jeff Morris, Lisa Montell, David Renard, Madeleine Taylor Holmes, John A. Alonzo ..
Directed by: William Witney
Release date: 1961-01-01
Best Western Movies of 1961 : Fury River

Fury River

5.2/10 IMDB

Rogers Rangers fight the French & Indians in Canada while searching for a waterway which will lead to this ocean.

Starring: Keith Larsen, Buddy Ebsen, Don Burnett, Luis van Rooten, Rayford Barnes, Larry Chance, Harry Lauter, Denny Miller, Paul Picerni, Philip Tonge ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur, Alan Crosland, Jr., George Waggner, Otto Lang
Release date: 1961-09-14
Best Western Movies of 1961 : The Gambler Wore a Gun

The Gambler Wore a Gun

5.8/10 IMDB

The professional gambler Case Silverthorn wants to quit and retire to a small ranch in Marlpine he bought recently. On the way there he saves the Sheriff's life, who got into an ambush. However another man is dead, Will Donovan, from whom he bought the ranch! Neither the Sheriff nor Donovan's children know about the sale. So Case has to switch back to his former profession, while he tries to clarify the situation. He comes across a group of cattle thieves.

Starring: Jim Davis, Merry Anders, Addison Richards, Mark Allen, Robert Anderson, Don Dorrell, Charles Cane, Keith Richards, John Craig, Joe McGuinn ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1961-05-04
Best Western Movies of 1961 : Gun Street

Gun Street

5.0/10 IMDB

In this movie filmed and released in 1961 (and not a 1962 production), an escaped convict returns to town and begins a reign of terror. Marked for death are Dr. Dean Knudtson, his wife Janice, formerly married to the killer, and Jeff Baxley, on whose testimony the man was originally sent to prison. Sheriff Charles Morton and deputy Sam Freed head a posse tracking down the killer in the desert. The man is found dead of the wounds inflicted by a prison guard trying to prevent his escape. The sheriff resigns his job and heads west with Joan. Written by Les Adams

Starring: James Brown, Jean Willes, John Clarke, Herb Armstrong, John Pickard, Med Flory, Peggy Stewart, Sheila Stone, Warren J. Kemmerling, Nesdon Booth ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1961-11-05
Best Western Movies of 1961 : Gun Fight

Gun Fight

5.1/10 IMDB

Action Western directed by Edward L. Cahn . After courageously protecting a pretty dance hall girl (Joan Staley) from peril, former cavalry soldier Wayne (James Brown) refuses to join his brother Brad's (Gregg Palmer) unlawful cattle rustling gang, which leads to heated disagreements, bitter betrayals and life-threatening danger.

Starring: James Brown, Joan Staley, Gregg Palmer, Ron Soble, Ken Mayer, Walter Coy, Charles Cooper, James Parnell, Kate Murtagh, Jon Locke ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1961-04-30
Best Western Movies of 1961 : Five Guns to Tombstone

Five Guns to Tombstone

4.8/10 IMDB

Billy Wade (James Brown) is an ex-gunslinger who is approached by his outlaw brother Matt (Robert Karnes), not long out of prison, to help him with a big-time robbery. Matt forces Billy's participation with an offer he cannot refuse, unaware that Billy is actually working on the side of the law.

Starring: James Brown, John Wilder, Walter Coy, Robert Karnes, Joe Haworth, Quintin Sondergaard, Boyd 'Red' Morgan, Jon Locke, Della Sharman, Gregg Palmer ..
Directed by: Edward L. Cahn
Release date: 1961-01-07
Best Western Movies of 1961 : The Hired Gun

The Hired Gun

6.7/10 IMDB

Gunman Don Borisenko is hired by the townsfolk to mete out justice to a cruel land baron. Instead, Borisenko gets romantically involved with Tass Tory, the wife of a local farmer. When the smoke clears, the gunman has killed the rancher, and the farmer has killed the gunman.

Starring: Don Borisenko, Tass Tory, Jay Shannon, Michael Zenon, Ken James, Gordon B. Clarke, Jim Begg, Michael Zenon ..
Directed by: Lindsay Shonteff
Release date: 1961-06-30

Shadow of the Boomerang

6.1/10 IMDB

An American brother and sister move to Australia to manage a cattle station, but the brother's racist attitude causes problems. After hearing a message by evangelist Billy Graham on the radio though, he has a change of heart and learns to accept the Aboriginal people.

Starring: Billy Graham, Georgia Lee, Dickie Jones, Jimmy Little, Ken Fraser, Hugh Sanders, Orville Sherman, Maurice Manson ..
Release date: 1961-08-07
Best Western Movies of 1961 : Buffalo Gun

Buffalo Gun

5.7/10 IMDB

In this western, the Indians claim that their government rations are being stolen and they threaten to fight back. A pair of agents look into it and bring the culprits to justice.

Starring: Marty Robbins, Webb Pierce, Carl Smith, Wayne Morris, Don Barry, Mary Ellen Kay, Douglas Fowley, Harry Lauter ..
Directed by: Albert C. Gannaway
Release date: 1961-07-01
Best Western Movies of 1961 : The Purple Hills

The Purple Hills

5.0/10 IMDB

When a bounty hunter kills an outlaw for the reward, he has to deal with both a man falsely claiming he made the kill, and the revengeful brother of the dead man.

Starring: Gene Nelson, Kent Taylor, Danny Zapien, Medford Salway, Russ Bender, Joanna Barnes, Jerry Summers, Jack Carr, Jack Riggs ..
Directed by: Maury Dexter
Release date: 1961-10-31
Best Western Movies of 1961 : Dust


0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Thomas Gomez, Vladimir Sokoloff, John Larch ..
Directed by: Douglas Heyes
Release date: 1961-01-06

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