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The Man Behind the Gun (1953)

 -  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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(as Felix Feist)

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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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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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Release Date:

31 January 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Man with a Gun  »

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Sound Mix:

(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

Vic Sutro: [During a stagecoach robbery] Lady, you may be a schoolteacher, but I like your spirit. In fact, I'll like you as soon as I pick up a little currency here. You and I are going for a horseback ride.
Lora Roberts: You're insane!
Vic Sutro: I would be if I passed you up.
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Features Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Some Sunday Morning
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Music by M.K. Jerome and Ray Heindorf
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
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L.A. Confidential
27 January 2010 | by (The Lonesome Prairie) – See all my reviews

Supposed killer and Army deserter Randolph Scott heads to Los Angeles sometime before the Civil War. Posing as a schoolteacher who can't shoot straight, he gets knee-deep in some intrigue involving a group of separatists, the assassination of a US senator, and their attempts to split California into free and slave states.

Costumes and sets are lavish and there's lots of great old-California atmosphere. However, The Man Behind The Gun is disappointingly routine. It's really too bad, because this is really one handsome production!

The actors are game and some of their characters are quite colorful. The filmmakers should have pumped a little more action and suspense into the script, or trimmed the final product to about an hour.


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