Posse From Hell
Four murderers (including Vic Morrow and Lee Van Cleef) escape from jail, rob the bank, and take a young lady hostage while making a run for it. The sheriff gets shot. Before he dies, the sheriff names young gunslinger Banner Cole (Audie Murphy) as his deputy. As the only law in town, Murphy goes after them. Murphy wants to go alone, but is forced to allow a posse to accompany him.
Murphy kills 3 of the bad guys, and the hostage girl shoots one. All four thugs, had raped the girl. The girl wants to kill herself, because she thinks that no man will ever love her. Murphy helps her see that she was a victim and no one will blame her. Murphy and the girl fall in love.
Of the men in the posse:
- Captain Brown - the old civil war officer - is such a nuisance that Murphy shoots him in the leg so he will have to leave the posse.
- Hotshot young sharpshooter Jock Wiley comes face to face with one of the escapees, but does not have the nerve to shoot a man. Jock is shot and killed instead.
- Burt Hogan is expelled from the posse by Murphy because of the way he taunts and mistreats the indian, Johnny Caddo.
- Johnny Caddo is a brave and valuable member of the posse, but dies when he is ambushed by the bad guys.
- Seymour Kern is a New York banker auditing the bank. He is forced by his boss to go with the posse to try and recover the bank's money. Kern has never ridden a horse or shot a gun. Despite the many hardships, he never gives up. He learns to ride and shoot, and is worth a lot more than Murphy expected.
Several others die along the way.
Besides Murphy, only Seymour Kern makes it to the end.