[quote=“pollarda, post:14, topic:2301”]I found it! It was “The Bounty Killer” and it was filmed in 1965.
Here is the IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0058988/
I’m watching it as I write this. Amazingly, my recollection was pretty accurate – surprisingly so. The things that surprised me is that the actors didn’t quite look like I remembered. The old sailor (played by Fuzzy Knight) I remember as being a familiar face – and perhaps he was to me when I was really young and he was more popular but to me now, I didn’t recognize him.
Was / is the film still good? Yes, I’d say it is well worth watching.
One caveat, there is another film by the same name – a spaghetti western in fact – with a completely different plot line.
Thanks everyone for the input in helping me track this down!
Glad you finally found it. I’d heard of this movie but never actually seen it. It is best known, I believe, for being the last hurrah for a whole gang of old B Western folk. Getting a chance to play cowboys one last time. You mention Fuzzy Knight of course but there was also Bob Steele, Buster Crabbe, Johnny Mack Brown and others. All treasured names from the 30s and 40s under card or serial oaters. Even the director was one of the old hands from that era.
It’s one I’d like to see for pure nostalgia sake as I have a fondness for those old flicks.
FYI the Spaghetti Western which goes by the same name is a beauty and one I’d recommend to anyone. You could do a lot worse than to check that one out too.