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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.


(as Felix Feist)


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Cast overview:
Major Ransome Callicut
Lora Roberts
Dick Wesson ...
Sgt. 'Monk' Walker
Capt. Roy Giles
Lina Romay ...
Chona Degnon
Sen. Mark Sheldon
Bram Creegan
Katherine Warren ...
Phoebe Sheldon (as Katharine Warren)
Cpl. Olaf Swenson
Vic Sutro (as Tony Caruso)
'Kansas' Collins


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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31 January 1953 (USA)  »

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Man with a Gun  »

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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 »


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Vic Sutro: I would be if I passed you up.
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Nothing special....
17 February 2012 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I am a big fan of Randolph Scott and try to watch as many of his films as I can. Why? Because Scott had a nice style--easy-going and likable yet tough. However, I must also admit that for every exceptional film his made (such as "Ride the High Country") he made several that were not so special--and perhaps a few that were simply adequate. Considering how dull this film was in spots and how similar it was to several of his other films, I'd put "The Man Behind the Gun" in this last category. Like MANY of his other films, this one is about the Civil War and divisions between Northerners and Southerners. In about half of these films (or perhaps a few less) he is working for the North and in the others he's either an agent/spy for the South or an ex-soldier after the war trying to help oppressed Southerners. To me, it's like the writers were beating a dead horse and needed some originality. The only thing SLIGHTLY original about this is that it is set just BEFORE the war instead of during or after. Otherwise, a very typical sort of formula. And, if you care, a chance to see Alan Hale, Jr. in a supporting role. In addition, there's just too much singing in this film. Now if you are NOT a fan who's seen most of his films, this may not be that important and the film might be more watchable. At best adequate.

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