A Time for Dying
A Time for Dying is a 1969 Western film written directed by Budd Boetticher and starring Audie Murphy who also produced the film, as Jesse James. It was Murphy's last film, as well as the final dramatic feature for Boetticher.
|A Time for Dying|
|Directed by||Budd Boetticher|
|Produced by||Audie Murphy|
|Written by||Budd Boetticher|
|Music by||Harry Betts|
|Edited by||Harry Knapp|
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 paths 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.
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 (First International Planning Company) to make films. This was to be the first of several.
A Time for Dying was to originally star Peter Fonda as the kid. Shooting took place at the Apacheland Movie Ranch near Tucson in April and May 1969. Money was tight and by the time filming was completed the movie was several minutes shorter than scripted. Murphy spent the next year and a half trying to raise additional funds for completion and post-production. Two of Murphy's sons appeared in small roles in the film, with Murphy's long term Associate Willard Willingham playing Frank James.
Owing to legal problems, the film did not screen in New York until 1982.
- A Time for Dying at the Audie Murphy Memorial Site
- Sean Axmaker, 'Ride Lonesome: The Career of Budd Boetticher', Senses of Cinema 7 February 2006 accessed 25 June 2012
- Vincent Canby, 'A Time for Dying', New York Times, 2 June 1982 retrieved 22 June 2012