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Land of the Six Guns (1940)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 9 May 1940 (USA)
Former Marshal Jack Rowan had hopes to put away his guns forever when he buys a cattle ranch near the Mexican border, but he discovers that Mexican cattle are being smuggled across the ... See full summary »


(as Raymond K. Johnson)


(original story and screenplay) (as Tom Gibson)




Cast overview:
Carol Howard
John Howard
Frank Stone
Max (as Kenneth Duncan)
Mexican Joe
Henchman Davis
Carl Mathews ...
Henchman Drake


Former Marshal Jack Rowan had hopes to put away his guns forever when he buys a cattle ranch near the Mexican border, but he discovers that Mexican cattle are being smuggled across the border by way of his ranch. Jack stops at the store run by John Howard to get supplies and meets Carol Howard, the storekeeper's niece. Jack sees Taylor, a suspected rustler, follow Frank Stone into his office. He overhears Taylor tell Stone that the Sheriff has caught one of the cattle smugglers, but he has named Jack as the gang leader. They capture the listening Jack and go for the sheriff. Stone brags to Howard and Carol that he has Jack a prisoner, Carol and Jack's sidekick Manny free Jack. Jack and Manny trail Taylor and see him pay for cattle to be smuggled into the Texas. Manny goes for the Sheriff while Jack hides outside the tunnel, used by the smugglers, and forces a gun battle. Written by Les Adams <>

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BORDER BADMEN RUN FOR a fighting Marshal dusts off his six guns and smashes a smuggling syndicate!


Romance | Western






Release Date:

9 May 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Land of Six Guns  »

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Sunday 3 May 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it in New York City Sunday 4 July 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2) and in Los Angeles Wednesday 2 February 1949 on KNBH (Channel 4). See more »


Although the story takes place in the era of dusty trails, unpaved streets, and oil lamps, Louise Stanley sports an up to date 1940 hair style and a couple of very 1940 (knee length skirts, high heel shoes) clothing outfits. See more »


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Written by Johnny Lange and Lew Porter
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A chance to see Jack Randall defer to George Chesebro and company!
25 October 2014 | by See all my reviews

A very unusual film. The plot, the acting and the direction all seemed plain enough but there was something odd or unusual about it, but I couldn't put my finger on what was so screwy. So I watched the movie all over again, not that it deserves watching more than once, but it wasn't until the closing minutes that I realized what was so peculiar about this "B" entry. The hero, as played by Jack Randall, was constantly upstaged by the rest of the cast, and I should have woken up to this fact earlier. Randall started his movie career as a singing cowboy, but he doesn't sing in this movie. In fact, he is sung to! And why by? Glenn Strange of all people! Jack just sits there and listens to Glenn. I'd already noticed that when Jack played a scene with his real-life wife, Louise Stanley, he allowed her to dominate the scene. But on a second viewing, I realized that Jack was actually deferring to everyone in the cast (especially including Steve Clark and Frank LaRue), not just to Louise and Glenn. It certainly makes the movie a lot more interesting when people like George Chesebro seize the reins! Alpha's print is a washed out TV copy, missing its opening scenes, but it's watchable.

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