A Guide to the Amphibians
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Snakes In Movies

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Snakes in Movies
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All Movie Snakes
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All Movie Snakes
Want to Kill You!
Snake Bites
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Dancing With Snakes
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Food or Medicine
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Whipping Snakes
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Boas, Pythons,
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Posse from Hell (1961)
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"Together They Team Up As An Avenging Posse From Hell! Only A Posse From Hell Could Stop The Gun-Mad Spawn Of The Devil!"

This is a good B-Western with a dark and cynical perspective and violent tone that feels almost like a film noir crime story. WWII war hero Audie Murphy plays Banner Cole, a bitter gunfighter who rides into town and is immediately deputized by his dying sheriff friend and asked to form a posse to chase four escaped death-cell convicts. The convicts shot and killed the sheriff and several other men and kidnapped and raped a young woman. (She tries to kill herself out of shame but is stopped by Cole. The rest of the scenes with her deal with her trying to find a way to live with herself in a town where she knows she will be treated like a criminal even though she was a victim. The "Hell" the posse comes from is the town, ironically named "Paradise.")

After chasing the convicts for a while, the posse hears the woman screaming. When they ride up they find her tied up on the ground with a rattlesnake next to her. It's not clear if the snake just happened to crawl there or if the outlaws put it there to terrify her then kill her. I have a hard time believing they could have found a snake then set it next to her without it simply crawling away, but most filmmakers don't care about what could happen, only about what is entertaining, so I'm sure we're supposed to believe they put the snake there.

For some reason Cole doesn't want to shoot the snake so he does something far more dangersous and wraps another man's coat around his arm. Then he somehow wraps the coat around the snake and throws it away along with the coat. (It's so funny how these movies treat rattlesnakes as if they were ticking time bombs!) When the snake lands, another man stomps it to death with his boots. At least he has the sense to say later that if he'd had time to think about what he was doing, he would not have done what he did - which was probably the most dangerous thing he could have done. But in the end, nobody gets bitten.

The snake used is a small live Western Diamond-backed Rattlesnake, with a fake snake thrown and stomped on.

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