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Man with the Gun (1955)

Passed | | Western | 5 November 1955 (USA)
When a notorious tough 'town tamer' is hired by the citizenry to rid of the gunmen driving them off their land, he finds the local saloon madam to be an old friend.

Director:

Richard Wilson

Writers:

N.B. Stone Jr. (story and screenplay), Richard Wilson (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Mitchum ... Clint Tollinger
Jan Sterling ... Nelly Bain
Karen Sharpe ... Stella Atkins
Henry Hull ... Marshal Lee Sims
Emile Meyer ... Saul Atkins
John Lupton ... Jeff Castle
Barbara Lawrence ... Ann Wakefield
Ted de Corsia ... 'Frenchy' Lescaux (as Ted DeCorsia)
Leo Gordon ... Ed Pinchot
James Westerfield ... Mr. Zender
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Storyline

A stranger comes to town looking for his estranged wife. He finds her running the local girls. He also finds a town and sheriff afraid of their own shadow, scared of a landowner they never see who rules through his rowdy sidekicks. The stranger is a town tamer by trade, and he accepts a $500 commission to sort things out. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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This man is a target for every gun in town! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Deadly Peacemaker See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,800,000
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Production Co:

Formosa Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Amzie Strickland. See more »

Goofs

As Nelly is running after Tollinger, just after telling him what happened to their daughter, she yells one line which doesn't match the movement of her lips. See more »

Quotes

Marshal Lee Sims: You remind me of a hungry lion I once seen pace in a cage in St. Louis.
Clint Tollinger: I'm hiding out.
Marshal Lee Sims: You? From what?
Clint Tollinger: Questions I can't answer.
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29 April 2007 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

I don't remember ever seeing this one before tonight, probably the title sounded so ordinary it kept passing me by. But it is a well crafted b Western, with an interestingly brooding storyline complemented by acting veering from the good to corny.

Robert Mitchum slopes into wide open town looking for his wife and news of their daughter, and stays for a time as town-tamer. As usual the good business folk have mixed emotions - they want to get rid of the baddies but like the business they bring. It still applies: relax drink and gambling laws and encourage the industries but pretend to deplore the seedy effects it can have on ordinary people. What's fascinating about this film is Mitchum's cynically intense portrayal in going about cleaning the town of baddies, and the townsfolk's acceptance that his violent methods were the only ones. Favourite bit: the sudden demise of 2 of the baddies in the Red Dog saloon. The firing of the main saloon bordered on nasty, but it was an effective way to combat the spread of poison.

Overall a very good film with its only fault tending to be a little hokeyness - not so good for Do-Gooders who would probably prefer a lifetime of negotiation with Evil rather than end it.


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