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Gunfighter Billy Ringo decides to hang up his guns, buy a ranch and marry Arlene Reach. His brother Matt, father of Chip, the nephew Ringo is trying to keep on the straight and narrow, with three other outlaws, Dixon, Hollaway and Hoke, frame Ringo into pulling a bank robbery with them. Pretending to side with them, after accidentally killing Matt, Ringo informs Marshal Wyatt Earp of their plan to rob a Wells Fargo express wagon. A gunfight ensues at the robbery and the three outlaws are killed and Ike Clinton, the ringleader, is turned over to Marshal Earp by Ringo. Written by
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George Montgomery weaves his way through multiple doublecrosses and a frame-up
"Gun Belt" features a very strong story. It's action-packed, and it's twisty and logical, with no big gaps. The cast, for the most part, is strong. It starts off with John Dehner escaping from prison, sprung to do a job for Hugh Sanders. He's supposed to recruit his brother George Montgomery (Billy Ringo), who has hung up his gun belt. George is now a struggling rancher, with Dehner's young adult and immature son Tab Hunter in tow.
Dehner's plan is to frame Montgomery, and he succeeds in the eyes of James Millican (playing Wyatt Earp). Millican's view of George alters several times during the story as new evidence and appearances suggest.
Meanwhile the plot gets much thicker due to the plan of Sanders that involves a doublecross and William Bishop's gang. He plays Ike Clinton, inexplicably changed from Clanton, who is prone to his own doublecrosses.
Dehner's gang includes Jack Elam. Dehner is put out of action accidentally by Montgomery, which induces Hunter to leave the ranching fold and turn against Montgomery.
There is more, much more in this 77 minutes, including Helen Westcott, Montgomery's gal.
The filming could have stood a little more time to smooth off some of the rough edges in the performances, a few more takes, and the dialog has some clichés in places, corny lines. The scenery is nothing notable. Overall, however, the strong story and the professionalism of the players make this one a good engaging western. Bishop has the most interesting role as the smiling but devious and sometimes cold-blooded Clinton. George Montgomery can act and fill the leading man shoes very nicely.
I think "Gun Belt" is a better b-movie than what the other reviews suggest.
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