Gunfighter "Brazos" Kane lays aside his guns "forever" when he is forced to shoot his best friend, and decides to join another friend, Bob Tyrell, as a cowhand on the Inskip ranch. Upon arriving there he finds the bullet-riddled body of his friend. He carries the body to the Banner ranch, the largest in the territory, and is accused by Banner of murdering Tyrell; Banner orders Deputy Sheriff Bill Yount, who is in Banner's pay, to arrest Kane. But Kane has the sympathy of Banner's daughter, Jane, who notifies Inskip of Kane's plight, and Inskip arrives in time to prevent a lynching. Sheriff Kiscade dismisses the murder charge for lack of evidence. Brazos then sets out to find the killer of his friend. Bess Bannister, Jane's sister, is in love with the Banner ranch foreman, Bard Macky, and knowing that Bard killed Tyrell and that Kane will track him down, then hampers Kane's mission somewhat by pretending to be in love with him. Written by
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Standard Randolph Scott film should have kept Zane Grey's original title...
GUNFIGHTERS is the unoriginal title for Zane Grey's "Twin Sombreros", which, considering the story is about two sisters who are almost twin-like in appearance, would have been a more apt title for this film.
The story is routine as depicted here, with bad guy BRUCE CABOT as the man responsible for a few killings over range rights on property owned by GRIFF BARNETT and his daughters BARBARA BRITTON and DOROTHY HART.
RANDOLPH SCOTT is the man who rides into town at the start without his gunbelt, but by the end of the story he dons it for the final gun duel before tossing it off again and heading west for the happy ending. This is after he's fought a couple of the town bullies, including FORREST TUCKER, and won.
What surprised me was how good the warm tones of Cinecolor looked, while not quite up to the standard of three-strip Technicolor. Looks as though Columbia was aiming to give the film an A-budget look.
For Randolph Scott fans, it's a treat to see him in fine shape--but the script is ordinary and the direction is uninspired. One would never guess the story is from an original penned by Zane Grey.
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