Revisiting ‘Ride Clear of Diablo’, an underrated western starring Audie Murphy

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A vintage 1954 theatrical poster for “Ride Clear of Diablo,” a Universal Western ably directed by Jesse Hibbs and starring Audie Murphy. Featuring Dan Duryea, one of the most sadistic villains in cinema history, his tentative onscreen alliance with railroad surveyor Murphy is essential viewing for classic Western aficionados. Image Credit: SarahBethOnline.com / Universal Studios
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Even behind bars, Dan Duryea gets the last laugh in a rare lobby card from “Ride Clear of Diablo,” a taut, action-packed 1954 Western also starring Audie Murphy. Image Credit: The Addie Alexander Collection / Universal Studios
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Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier of World War II turned Hollywood star, and the exotic Susan Cabot share a passionate kiss in a production still from “Ride Clear of Diablo.” Image Credit: The Addie Alexander Collection / Universal Studios
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Audie Murphy is searching for answers as Clay O’Mara in “Ride Clear of Diablo,” somewhere on the Universal backlot in July 1953. Image Credit: Cinematographer Irving Glassberg / Universal Studios / screengrab
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Audie Murphy and a mortally wounded Dan Duryea rush out of a Wild West saloon with six-guns a-blazin’ in a production still for “Ride Clear of Diablo.” Image Credit: Dan Duryea Central
Click to watch Audie Murphy form an unlikely alliance with sadistic, scene-stealing villain Dan Duryea. Later, Audie unsuccessfully pines for the exotic Susan Cabot in director Jesse Hibbs’ “Ride Clear of Diablo.” Viceo Credit: Universal Studios

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