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The Man Behind the Gun (1953)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  31 January 1953 (USA)
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An undercover government agent battles insurrectionists whose want Southern California to secede and become a slave state.

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Cast overview:
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Major Ransome Callicut
Patrice Wymore ...
Lora Roberts
Dick Wesson ...
Sgt. 'Monk' Walker
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Capt. Roy Giles
Lina Romay ...
Chona Degnon
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Sen. Mark Sheldon
Morris Ankrum ...
Bram Creegan
Katherine Warren ...
Phoebe Sheldon (as Katharine Warren)
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Cpl. Olaf Swenson
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Buckley
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Vic Sutro (as Tony Caruso)
Clancy Cooper ...
'Kansas' Collins
Robert Cabal ...
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Posing as a schoolteacher, undercover government agent Ransome Callicut arrives in 1850's California to gather intelligence about an insurrectionist plot to have the southern part of the state secede to become a slave state. When he discovers a hidden cache of weapons, he reveals his true identity and assumes command of the local army post. Aided by sidekicks Monk Walker and Olaf Swenson he battles political assassination and other intrigues to unmask the ringleader of the plot and keep the Golden State in the Union. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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An Easy-Going Gent with Deadly Guns...and a Reputation to Match!

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Western

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31 January 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man with a Gun  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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The film is set in 1850s. Most, if not all, of the firearms employed in the film post-date the American Civil War (1861-1865). Examples include Colt Single-Action Army revolvers and various lever-action rifles that first appear in the 1870s. See more »

Quotes

Lora Roberts: Your mother and father were killed by the Indians. The Third Cavalry found you and raised you. Raised you on blood and black powder.
Major Ransome Callicut: And saber floggings! That's how I learned religion.
Lora Roberts: Religion?
Major Ransome Callicut: Duty! - The religion of the Army. Forget it for a minute and a tough sergeant beats it back into you with the flat of a saber. Duty's a god, Miss Roberts, a jealous god! It makes demands. It tears you to pieces, but you kneel down and...
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A Serious Mission
11 July 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Man Behind The Gun is a Randolph Scott western with Randy on a most serious mission. He's going undercover in southern California just before the Civil War to prevent a secessionist plot from taking California out of the union or at a very least splitting off southern California as a separate state for the southern Confederacy to be.

Scott's only got two allies from his previous army service Alan Hale,Jr., and Dick Wesson whom he can rely on. The situation is such that he can't tell who's on what side, least of all the army commander in the Los Angeles area, Philip Carey.

The film boasts a top notch cast of players that include Roy Roberts, Douglas Fowley, Anthony Caruso, Katharine Warren, Morris Ankrum, and as a young Joaquin Murietta, Robert Cabal. The two female leads are Patrice Wymore better known as the third Mrs. Errol Flynn and band singer Lina Romay who formally was with both the Xavier Cugar Orchestra and the Bing Crosby radio show at different times. Romay gets to sing a couple of sultry songs in Spanish. Also since this was a Warner Brothers film, Some Sunday Morning which was introduced in the Errol Flynn film San Antonio gets interpolated here.

Telling you who the head of the secessionist group would spoil things, but I will say it's one very deadly individual.

The Man Behind The Gun is a very good Randolph Scott western which would please his still devoted legion of fans.


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