A TIME FOR DYING
Filmed at Apacheland May 1 - 15, 1969
73 Minutes - Screened in New York on May 13, 1982
Directed by Budd Boetticher
Produced by Audie Murphy
Richard Lapp, Anne Randall, Robert Random, Beatrice Kay, Victor Jory, Audie Murphy, Ron Masak, Burt Mustin, Peter Brocco, Walter Reed, Louise Ojena, Jorge Rado, Levis Brown, Paige White, Walt La Rue, Levis Brown, Paige White, Maria Desti, Betty Rowland
BEHIND THE SCENES:
"A Time For Dying" was the last movie to ever be filmed at Apacheland before the fire of May 25th, 1969. The fire destroyed the entire western town except for the Barn and Chapel. The fire is significant because once the movie set burned down Audie needed to wait for Apacheland to rebuild their town exactly as it existed before the fire, or he would have to find a new location and scrap every scene he just filmed inside the town. Audie's investors pulled most of his financing for the movie and it would be exactly two years before Audie could raise enough money to complete the film. On May 28, 1971 Audie Murphy was killed when his plane crashed outside Virginia.
Produced by FIPCO, Audie Murphy's movie company, this was Audie's last movie. Unfortunately, Audie was killed before the film was finished. Consequently, 20 minutes of film featuring Audie was never shot. As a result, Audie appears in only one scene. For this reason, the film is short and doesn't hold together well. It is the story of a young gunman of the old West (played by Richard Lapp). However, he was to live and perish without renown. The character, in a sense, represented the countless young men who lived and died by the gun in the early West, but left no legend behind them. No history covered their deeds. During his young life, the gunman met Jesse James (Audie Murphy), Frank James, and Judge Roy Bean. Audie Murphy appears at 45min 19 sec in the film. The movie did not screen in New York until 1982 and was never released.
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 Nellie is forced into prostitution.