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The Man Behind the Gun (1953)

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

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(as Felix Feist)

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(screenplay), (story)
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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)
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'Kansas' Collins
Robert Cabal ...
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Storyline

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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Goofs

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

Major Ransome Callicut: I'll get Creegan. I'll chop off the head of the scorpion; then the legs won't be able to crawl.
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Connections

Features San Antonio (1945) See more »

Soundtracks

Some Sunday Morning
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome and Ray Heindorf
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
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He's a Son of a Gun
8 February 2008 | by (LI) – See all my reviews

Hey I liked this flick more than I would have thought given it's from Scott's earlier block of films. An interesting plot with lots of characters, many of who standout. I liked Alan Hale as Olaf and sidekick Monk (Dick Wesson). They provided comic relief not usually present in a RS flick. Scott is his usual coxcomb, cool self. Romancing two lovely ladies (a first?) and not too shabbily. He takes his uniform off to provide a look at his less than ripped (but not too shabby frame) The film unfortunately lacks a compelling villain. Some nice California scenery (not as good as One Eyed Jacks) They kinda threw the kitchen sink into this B movie. Hey it even has a catfight where the two kittens in question manage to do no damage. Lina Myway per favor.

Enjoy.


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