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A Time For Dying


A Time For Dying is a Western film starring Audie Murphy as Jesse James. This was Murphy's last movie, as well as the final dramatic feature for director Budd Boetticher.

Cass Bunning (Richard Lapp), a farm boy with a talent for shooting, meets up with Nellie (Anne Randall), a naive woman from the East, who has been lured West by the promise of a waitressing job which turns out to be in a brothel. Cass helps Nellie escape and two are forced into marriage with each other by Judge Roy Bean (Victor Jory). Cass decides to become a bounty hunter. He crosses with Jesse James (Audie Murphy) who, impressed by Cass' shooting, suggests he join his gang, but Cass wants to stay at his new job. Cass is killed in a shoot out with the outlaw Billy Pimple (Bob Random), and Neillie is forced into prostitution.


Richard Lapp as Cass Bunning Anne Randall as Nellie
Audie Murphy as Jesse James Victor Jory as Judge Roy Bean
Beatrice Kay as Mamie Bob Random as Billy Pimple
Peter Brocco as Ed Burt Mustin as Seth
Walter Reed as the Mayor Louis Ojena as the Blacksmith
Jorge Rado as the Banker Walt La Rue as Shotgun
Maria Desti as Mamie's Girl Betty Rowland as Mamie's Girl
Tina Stuart as Mamie's Girl Joanne Shields as Mamie's Girl
Meri McDonald as Mamie's Girl - Miki McDonald Darla Paris as Mamie's Girl
Arlette Thomas as Mamie's Girl Nancy Lewis as Mamie's Girl
Athena as Mamie's Girl Jo Linn as Mamie's Girl
Suzette De Carlo as Mamie's Girl Annette Gorman as Mamie's New Girl
Charles Wagenheim as Milton Ira Angustain as Pepe
Terry Murphy as Sonny Skip Murphy as Curly
Randy Shields as Cauliflower Bob Herron as Rankin
William Bassett as The Southerner Casey Tibbs as Southerner's Sidekick
Willard W. Willingham as Frank James J.N. Roberts as Bob Ford
Dick Spangler as Billy's Boy Robert Grever as Billy's Boy
Ivan J. Rado - uncredited Emile Meyer - uncredited
Audie Murphy's career was in a bad state and he had not made a film in 1968, the first year that happened since he started starring in films. Boetticher, who directed Murphy on The Cimarron Kid, was going through a similar slump. The two men formed their own company, Fipco, to make films. This was to be the first of several.


Gotta love these guys - if not for them there would be no action at all,
and there is still very little of that.
Denny Arnold Walt La Rue Ron Nix
Jim Sheppard Neil Summers Steve Ward
Troy Ward Willard W. Willingham Rodd Wolff
A Time for Dying was to originally star Peter Fonda as the kid.(ibid: that would be Murphy character Jesse James)
Shooting took place near Tucson, AZ in April and May 1969.
Money was tight and by the time filming was completed the movie was several minutes shorter (18 minutes) than scripted. Murphy spent the next year and a half trying to raise additional funds for completion and post-production.

Owing to legal problems, the film did not screen in New York until 1982.

Depictions of historical persons and events

The no historical events in this film, as it is a total work of fiction.

run time: 1 hours 7 minutes

This is the last Audie Murphy movie. On May 18, 1971, he was aboard a private plane on his way to a business meeting when it ran into thick fog near Roanoke, VA, and crashed into the side of a mountain, killing all six aboard.

So dyied the most decorated combat soldier of the World War II. Among his 33 awards was the Medal of Honor, the highest award for bravery that a soldier can receive. In addition, he was also decorated for bravery by the governments of France and Belgium, and was credited with killing over 240 German soldiers and wounding and capturing many more. He was buried with full military honors in Arlington National Cemetery. According to cemetery records, the only grave site visited by more people than Murphy's is that of assassinated President John F. Kennedy.

above notes from Time For Dying
poster image: same (ibib: note the post, should read He not Hen
movie: DAV FL 70 Webmaster private collection

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