Welcome to Hard Times [DVD] [1967]

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Welcome to Hard Times
Long before he scored with the epic Ragtime, novelist E.L. Doctorow wrote a minor novel upon which this stark 1967 film is based. It was adapted for the screen by veteran western director Burt Kennedy. In a forlorn town called Hard Times in the Old West, a cowardly mayor, Will Blue (Henry Fonda), does little to protect the citizens from the rampages of a ruthless criminal known as The Man from Bodie (Aldo Ray). The cold-blooded killer gets away with murder -- and then he burns down the town as he leaves. The citizens rebuild, and a newcomer named Zar (Keenan Wynn) injects some life into the desolate place by opening a saloon that attracts a bevy of interesting women, including Molly Riordan (Janice Rule) and Adah (Janice Paige). However, things again look bleak when The Man from Bodie returns to town. ~ Michael Betzold, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Henry Fonda
    Henry Fonda - Will Blue
  • Janice Rule
    Janice Rule - Molly Riordan
  • Keenan Wynn
    Keenan Wynn - Zar
  • Janis Paige
    Janis Paige - Adah
  • John Anderson
    John Anderson - Ezra/Isaac Maple
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