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Action packed, fast moving, enjoyable western.
It is not as rewarding to do a typical western story as it is to for an unusual story. Gun Fury has a conventional story but the screenplay , besides being adapted from a good novel by Kathleen George has to its credit Roy Huggins and Irving Wallace. Huggins directed and wrote the script of "Hangman's Knot" an excellent Randolph Scott western and Wallace became a famous writer later on. The film also has Raoul Walsh as the director and that is quite an asset. The scenery and color are outstanding, and the fact that the film was made originally in 3D gives it some interesting scenes like objects being thrown at the spectator, also arrows, stones, even a threatening snake. Donna Reed plays a southern lady who is going to marry Rock Hudson. She is kidnapped, Hudson is almost killed and goes after her with an Indian (Pat Hogan) and Leo Gordon (Tom Burgess). On the way they meet Estella (Roberta Haynes) who is in love with the bad guy (Phil Carey), but has been rejected by him. Haynes gives a good performance, but considering she plays a Mexican, her Spanish is far from perfect. The real star of the film, even though Hudson is quite good in his role is Phil Carey, great as Frank Clayton, a man with no morals, who is madly in love with Donna Reed. An entertaining, action packed western, enjoyable from the first to the last scene.
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7/10
Be prepared for a rough ride…
Nazi_Fighter_David31 December 2005
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"Gun Fury" is a little colorful Western that was originally shown in 3-D… The film shows outdoor scenes, set against spectacular Arizona scenery…

Walsh introduced his main characters quickly:

Ben (Rock Hudson) is a California-bound settler interested only in the future… He spent five years fighting somebody else's quarrel… The woman he intends to marry is meeting him in Haynesville…They will go on to his place from there…

Jennifer Ballard (Donna Reed) has never been so happy… She just can't believe that she is really with Ben… She has waited for him so long…

Frank Slayton (Phil Carey) is a ruthless 'Southern gentleman' who fought the war and saw 'his' world die…For him, Jennifer brought back things he hadn't thought of in years: Richmond, the ladies in fancy dresses, garden parties, dances…

Jess (Leo Gordon) was not trying to run things… But he refused to let Slayton drag Miss Ballard along…

Walsh's direction was simple, direct and muscular, wary of self-consciously picturesque or poetic camera angles… Always a popular entertainer he was one of the more able, resilient and versatile Hollywood directors…
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Routine Western Action With Rock Hudson
stryker-520 February 1999
"I'm sick of violence and force," says Ben Warren, the rich young rancher who is taking his fiancee Jennifer to California for their wedding. Like most Americans of his generation, he served in the Civil War and was disgusted by the slaughter. Now he is devoted to working his big spread and marrying his beautiful girl (played by Donna Reed).

Unfortunately, the barren South West is not remote enough from recent history. Men have crossed the Rockies to escape from the bitterness back East, but they have carried their violence westwards with them.

The film is the story of a stagecoach holdup which turns into an abduction, then a manhunt. Ben Warren (Rock Hudson) sets off after the bad guys who kidnapped his bride-to-be, and pursues them across the Arizona desert.

A standard horse opera, "Gun Fury" contains no more than the average complement of guns and precious little fury. There are absurdities in the storyline, like the holdup with fake cavalry escort, and the ease with which the 'good guys' recover from seemingly mortal harm (Ben is shot dead, apparently, but then gets up and carries on as if nothing happened, and Jess is almost dead from sunstroke but quickly rallies and rides after Slayton). The trade of Jennifer for Jess is silly, not least because Jess would never want to rejoin Slayton's gang.

One directorial quirk exhibited by Raoul Walsh is the way in which any character who throws something (knife, rock, pottery) has a victim's-point-of-view cutaway inserted. The viewer is, for an instant, seemingly the target of the missile. The purpose of this oddity is to exploit the 3-D format in which the film was originally shot.

The only other talking point is the presence of Lee Marvin and Neville Brand as bad guys in Slayton's gang.

Verdict - workmanlike western, but nothing special
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6/10
Tough, solid, overlooked western drama
NewEnglandPat11 April 2003
A rancher and a reformed outlaw pursue a band of kidnappers through the Arizona desert in a good western that never received its just due. Most of Rock Hudson's early films were westerns and he essays the role of a determined cowboy in fine style as he and Leo Gordon search for an outlaw band for very different reasons. The picture is strictly a pursuit and revenge western with colorful characters and scenery making an ordinary plot tense and exciting. Phil Carey and Donna Reed are major players here but are supported by great character actors such as Lee Marvin and Neville Brand. Carey is at his best as a glib but vain outlaw leader who covets betrothed Donna Reed for himself. Pat Hogan is good in his familiar role as an Indian and Roberta Haynes is tough and fiery as a spurned border mistress.
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7/10
Rock and Donna on the way up
jjnxn-111 May 2013
Beautiful looking western in dazzling Technicolor is otherwise an ordinary affair but does have Rock Hudson and Donna Reed both on the cusp of bigger things. Donna made From Here to Eternity the same year as this and although it didn't really enhance her movie fortunes it raised her fame level easing her transition to TV fame as the perfect homemaker. Rock would break out of the B's the next year with Magnificent Obsession that turned him into box office gold for years. This film does have a good pace and a hissable villain in Phil Carey plus an early peek at Lee Marvin. For western fans or admirers of the stars this should be an enjoyable view.
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6/10
Whilst tackling the 3-D gimmick they forgot to form the characters.
Spikeopath4 October 2010
Gun Fury is directed by Raoul Walsh and stars Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Phillip Carey, Roberta Haynes, Leo Gordon, Lee Marvin & Neville Brand. It's adapted from the novel Ten Against Caesar written by Kathleen B. George & Robert A. Granger. Cinematographer is Lester White, with Sedona, Arizona used for the location work. It is a Technicolor production out of Columbia Pictures.

Plot sees Hudson as Civil War veteran Ben Warren, who after meeting up with Jennifer (Reed), the girl he is soon to marry, catches the stage to Haynesville. But little do they know that two of the passengers (Carey & Gordon) that are travelling with them are outlaws who are after the strongbox on board the coach. Once the hold-up occurs a fight breaks out and during the mêlée Ben is shot and presumed dead . The outlaws flee taking Jennifer with them. But Ben is not dead, and now he's after them. Having recently turned pacifist, just what will he do to get his love back unharmed?.

Originally presented in 3-D on its release, Gun Fury is a brisk Western that unsurprisingly given it's director's keen eye for such things, isn't found wanting for action. However, for depth of story and character studies, it's not one too get excited about. Which is a shame because there's definitely scope within the plot to expand some of the protagonists psychological themes. Still, if one is after a quick fix of Western action staples then this serves its purpose. Gun play, horse pursuits and even fist fights in the water, Walsh delivers pulse raising scenes set in amongst the gorgeous back drops of Sedona. But be warned, the finale is some what tepid and doesn't do justice to what had gone before it.

Cast wise Hudson is solid enough but is blown off the screen by both Carey & Gordon. While Reed is attractive and professional in what is a pretty undemanding role. In the support cast there's the added bonus of having tough guys Marvin & Brand playing villains. The score from uncredited Arthur Morton & Mischa Bakaleinikoff links the narrative well enough, and there's some fun to be had with the 3-D moments as various items are launched at the screen. So a safe time filler for Western fans then, but it could, and should, have been much more. 6/10
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BULLETS ARE DEMOCRATIC. THEY DON'T ONLY KILL BADMEN
t.mcparland-210 February 2001
This originally-filmed 3-D pot boiler features a darkly gorgeous Donna Reed partnering an equally handsome Rock Hudson- the latter displaying the macho charisma he hid behind for most of his career. But the thing is, he's good -and so's Donna. They play an engaged couple about to settle in California at the end of the Civil War. Rock has the odd good line 'Bullets are democratic- they don't only kill badmen' -no doubt an orphan from scriptwriter Kathleen George's novel TEN AGAINST CEASAR on which movie was based and a concept which would have found an echo in post-Korean and WWII veteran audiences.

Ex-Confederate Army cronies' embitterment and discontent is the excuse for stagecoach robbery, murder and kidnapping. Ben Warren [Hudson] is left for dead and his fiancé Jennifer Ballard [Reed] snatched under the unlikely pretext that gang leader Frank Slayton [Phil Carey] fancies her. The later elemental suggestion of suppressed carnality is best left as it was -suppressed. Donna Reed, despite torn blouse -is Rock's girl, and she remains so. Doesn't the Phil Carey know how things in Westerns work out? The plot of George's novel, TEN AGAINST CAESAR has been uncomplicated to a degree where an orangutan, given five seconds and a paintbrush, could have written the subsequence and denouement.

But credibility is not what this movie is all about.

It's about how parted Rock and Donna are re-united and triumph over -albeit manufactured -adversity ; it's about searing Arizona desert; the magnificence of 1950 Technicolor Western-making, and perhaps most of all about the making of desolation beautiful. I remember its flat screen release as a kid, was dying to see it but couldn't afford the admission. Had I seen it then I know how I would have reacted - I would have considered it good value and left the cinema, six-gun at the ready, seeking a showdown.
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Nice Little Walsh Western with Rock Hudson & Donna Reed
Kalaman9 April 2004
"Gun Fury" is a neat, leisurely-paced Columbia Western, originally shot in 3D, directed by Raoul Walsh. I was expecting something exciting or exceptional like "Colorado Territory" or "Pursued". Instead it turns out to be routine, ambling minor Western that just misses mediocrity. Rock Hudson ably plays Ben Warren, a pacifist Civil War veteran whose fiancé (Donna Reed) is kidnapped by an ex-Confederate villain & gang leader Frank Slayton (Phil Carey) after a stagecoach holdup. Aided by one of the gang members (Leo Gordon) and an Indian (Pat Hogan), Warren pursues Slayton and his gang through several confrontations. Lee Marvin intriguingly plays Blinky, the outlaw that later challenges Carey before Warren and his group show up.

Throughout "Gun Fury", Walsh does a nice job of contrasting Hudson's mild, freedom-loving mannerism with Carey's vicious, unalloyed sadism. There are also, as expected from Walsh, some nifty scenes of outdoor scenery in the reddish Arizona desert. Donna Reed and Rock Hudson are great together; Phil Carey does good job playing the villain. Overall, a nice little Western that is worth checking out.
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A Lesser Jewel For The Great Raoul
ferbs547 September 2011
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Despite being released in what was arguably the greatest decade for the Hollywood Western--the 1950s--and being helmed by one of the greatest action-film directors of that era--Raoul Walsh--1953's "Gun Fury" ultimately reveals itself to be merely a very good--not a great--motion picture. In the film, pacifist rancher Ben Warren (a hunky, 28-year-old Rock Hudson) reunites with his fiancée, Jennifer Ballard (a very beautiful, 32-year-old Donna Reed), at a dusty Nowheresville in Arizona. Trouble soon erupts, when notorious bandit Frank Slayton (Phil Carey) and his gang rob their stagecoach, shoot Ben down and, leaving him presumed dead, kidnap his bride-to-be, causing Ben, naturally, to put those pacifist feelings aside and take to the ol' vengeance trail. But, as had Gary Cooper three years earlier in "High Noon," Ben finds it extremely difficult to enlist aid for his dangerous cause; ultimately, only three people--Tom Burgess (an excellent Leo Gordon), Slayton's No. 2, who Slayton had earlier tied up for the vultures; an Indian named Johash, whose people Slayton had slaughtered; and a Mexican hot tamale, Stella, who Slayton had dumped--come forward to ride with Ben and take a bloody vengeance....

"Gun Fury" has, to its credit, many commendable attributes. The acting in the film is uniformly fine; I especially liked Leo Gordon here, as the former "bad guy" who helps Ben out. (He is given the picture's most amusing line: "All women are alike...they just have different faces so you can tell them apart.") The film features the typically sturdy direction that was Walsh's calling card, and sports a good deal of physical beauty, too. No, I'm not referring to Ms. Reed here, although she DOES look mighty fine, but rather to the gorgeous Arizona location shooting, enhanced by luscious Technicolor. The movie LOOKS fantastic, and this breathtaking backdrop can only have been more striking on the big screen and in 3-D, as the picture was originally shown. The film moves along briskly and with purpose, and ends with an exciting siege shoot-out and a (literally) cliffhanging dukeout between the principals. So what's the problem?

Well, for one thing, too many of the supporting characters are underdeveloped, especially Slayton gang members Blinky and Brazos, played, respectively, by the great Lee Marvin and Neville Brand. Granted, both men were just recently starting out in their careers in 1953 and were more character actors than leading men at this point, but still, a little character differentiation would have been nice. Johash and Stella are stock types, at best; Johash almost laughably so. And Donna Reed's character is a bit too wimpy and meek; a little more spirit from Jennifer would have been preferable to her near-total submissiveness to the Slayton gang. (Perhaps I'm being a bit too harsh here, but having just seen the remarkably feisty spitfire that Eleanor Parker portrays in the 1955 Western "Many Rivers To Cross," I can only imagine what havoc SHE would have caused among Slayton's men!) Other problems: Those 3-D effects (a leaping rattler, a thrown knife, flying hooves, and hurled rocks, branches and pots) look pretty silly when watched on the 2-D small screen (strangely, the eye-patched Walsh probably couldn't even see his film in 3-D), and the film's many night scenes don't look nearly as spectacular as the ones filmed under the desert sun; indeed, they are way too dark, especially for home viewing. Finally, the film concludes a bit too abruptly for this viewer's tastes. Still, despite all, "Gun Fury" certainly does manage to please; Raoul Walsh couldn't make a dull picture if he tried. No, it's not in the same league as the director's "High Sierra," "Objective, Burma!" or "White Heat" (then again, how many pictures are?), but remains a perfectly acceptable entertainment nevertheless....
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7/10
The West Is Growing Up
bkoganbing2 May 2007
Gun Fury marked the first loan out film that Rock Hudson did after he became a star at Universal. Rock did this one for Columbia just as his star was rising fast with the movie going public.

The film has the look and feel of a Randolph Scott western, it's just the kind of story that Scott was in fact doing at Columbia with Budd Boetticher. I would not be surprised if this wasn't something Scott might have had in mind for himself. Of course there would have been changes made as Scott was a much older man than the youthful Rock Hudson.

Donna Reed is Hudson's fiancé who is on a stagecoach west to meet her man. On the stage also is notorious outlaw Philip Carey traveling incognito because he plans to meet up with his gang and rob the stage later.

Carey is best known as the boss of those exuberant Texas Rangers in Laredo, but here he's a bad man, rotten through and through. He also decided to take Donna Reed as well because he's tired of the woman he has now, Roberta Haynes.

Carey thinks he's killed Hudson, but Hudson's quite alive and on his trail with a former Carey outlaw member Leo Gordon along with him.

Gun Fury shows how much the western grew up in the Fifties. This kind of story involving kidnapping and sexual abuse was definitely not for the Saturday matinée kiddie trade. Though Hudson and Reed are good, it's Philip Carey who really dominates the film.

He's got quite a collection of noted screen bad guys in his crew. Besides Leo Gordon, Neville Brand and Lee Marvin are also around.

Can't tell you how it ends, but Hudson and Gordon pick up an Indian along the way who proves to be of great assistance.
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8/10
Average story, gorgeous landscapes
Henrik Schunk28 February 2015
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A solid western with your usual bad guy vs. good guy storyline that is only lifted above the average bar by the great performances and Walsh's steady "The West at its best" direction. The gorgeous landscapes shots must be one of the best colour western shots I had the pleasure to behold as of yet. Incredible. Rock Hudson underplays his role, as he usually does, which makes his character the more menacing but a tad less interesting. The antagonist however is as sleazy and villainous as they come and really found myself hissing and cursing him, especially due to the fact that he was not after money but another man's gal. The supporting cast does a good job, from the bad guy's goons to the wronged former gang member, it is all in place. The pacing is great too. A very underrated western.
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7/10
Rock Hudson chases down the outlaws who have his babe
Wuchak30 December 2014
"Gun Fury" is a 1953 Western Starring Rock Hudson and Donna Reed as a couple traveling to California in the Southwest. After their stagecoach is held-up and Ben Warren (Hudson) left for dead, he revives and goes after the outlaws who have his babe. Along the way, he picks up a few characters that are also after the gang, an ex-member, a vengeful Indian and a Hispanic woman (Roberta Haynes).

Shot mostly outside in the Sedona, Arizona, region, this is a very picturesque Western. While the film begins slow it morphs into a chase movie with loads of Western action. The cast is great with Hudson in his prime and Leo Gordon as the ex-gang member, Jess, whom Ben starts to befriend. But it's Phil Carey who shines as the villainous Frank Slayton, an embittered ex-Confederate Southern "gentleman" who's still at war. The antagonism between Slayton and Jess is interesting in that Jess feels Slayton goes too far in his outlaw activities and increasingly objects. Although Slayton doesn't put up with it, it's clear that he regards Jess as a partner – a partner he's willing to slay in a heartbeat if necessary.

Carey comes across as a malevolent version of Charlton Heston. His character of Slayton is interesting: He justifies his crimes on the grounds that he's still at war even if the Civil War ended years ago. He wants Jennifer (Reed) because she's a genuine Southern Belle who reminds him of his former world, a world the war has forever destroyed.

Despite all these good things, there are some glaring script problems. Warren is said to be dead by one of the outlaws after the stagecoach heist, but later gets up and no injury is mentioned the rest of the movie (although he momentarily touches his head when he wakes and looks for blood on his hand, implying that he was perhaps head-grazed by a bullet). The worst plot hole is the awkward swap deal shown at the end, which totally ignores the vengeful Native. Old Westerns are notorious for these types of roll-your-eyes script flaws.

If you can overlook such defects, however, "Gun Fury" is a worthwhile 50's Western for the many positive points noted above.

The film is short and sweet at only 83 minutes.

GRADE: B
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6/10
All the elements of a good western.
Michael O'Keefe13 January 2007
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The famed Raoul Walsh directs star power in GUN FURY. Most of the stars gained more fame as their careers expanded. Beautiful Arizona scenery and a story line that doesn't stray. Ben Warren(Rock Hudson)is left for dead and his fiancé Jennifer(Donna Reed)is kidnapped after a stagecoach holdup by the Frank Slayton(Philip Carey)gang. The determined and straight forward Warren must track down the gang and save Jennifer from a fate worse than death. Hudson is his typical hunk of ruggedness. Reed is winsome even with her face covered in dirt. Carey shares his villainous ways with Lee Marvin and Neville Brand. Also in the cast: Bob Herron, Leo Gordon and Roberta Haynes.
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7/10
Won't Disappoint
dfree3068413 March 2006
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I just rented GUN FURY...and this was my first viewing. I've recently become interested in '50's Westerns since I find that era both prolific and diverse. Themes of violence, sex, racism range from cartoon and casual to adult and thought provoking during this period. This film lies somewhere in between. For the most part it's well thought out...and actually spends more time with the villain (Frank Slayton...a thief, murderer, sadist and rapist...well played by Philip Carey) then the hero...a young, pretty good Rock Hudson (as Ben Warren). Warren is a man who...after surviving the Civil War wants to marry (his betrothed is the beautiful Donna Reed...as Jennifer Ballard); settle in California and work his ranch with his wife by his side. He's learned the main lesson of war...that peace is to be cherished and doesn't go armed...since he no longer looks nor expects a fight.

Slayton's gang robs the stagecoach Ben and Jennifer are traveling in...Ben's shot and left for dead...and Jennifer is kidnapped by Frank Slayton...who over the objections of his gang...wants to take her into Mexico and make her his woman. Capable Western character actors... Ben Gordon, Lee Marvin and Neville Brand are among the gang members. They're made up of former Southern soldiers who've refused to accept defeat; nor wish to conform to civilian life.

Ben pursues...and the action follows him and Tom Burgress (Gordon) who's betrayed by Slayton trying to catch the outlaws. Ben and Burgress ask for help in ensuing towns...to no avail and that's the only part of the script that wavered for me. How a pack of outlaws...who've made off with a payroll and killed a stage driver have no law hot on their trail...just 3 men ...an Indian joins them later...after Slayton for various reasons.

(Spoiler warning)Slayton is despicable...he waits until he has Jennifer to himself in a border town he frequents...gets the local hussies to clean the road dust off her...dresses in a dress of his choosing...then, since he knows he's never going to have her willingly...forces himself on her.

Right and Hudson do prevail in an action packed and believable conclusion.

The occasional things coming right at the camera (it's a 3D movie) as usual look odd...but the exteriors are beautiful...and Raoul Walsh's direction is capable, as always. I rated it a 7...it's well paced, holds interest and not a bad Saturday afternoon.
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7/10
Decent '50s Western
Tweekums17 April 2012
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This western started fairly slowly as a Southern woman named Jennifer Ballard and three men travelled across Arizona on a stage coach. She is heading west to meet her fiancé, Ben Warren, and is surprised to find that he has ridden out to meet her at an over night stop. He joins the stage but soon afterwards it is ambushed by its own escort; it turns out the soldiers meant to be guarding the coach had been killed and replaced by a group of former Confederates who had turned to banditry after the war ended. Their leader is Frank Slayton, one of the passengers. During the struggle Ben is apparently shot and killed and the gang take Jennifer with them. The gang soon start to argue about the wisdom of taking Jennifer and when one of them tries to stop Slayton keeping her he is tied up and left to die. At this point we learn that Ben is not dead; he follows after the gang and soon finds Tom Burgess, the man left to die, he tells him that Jennifer is still alive and the two of them continue after the gang; they are later joined by an Indian whose sister was killed by Slayton and a Mexican woman who was abandoned by him... all four have a good reason to kill Slayton but only one of them will!

Despite the slow start this was a decent western with several exciting scenes. Rock Hudson did a good job as the heroic Ben however Philip Carey had a greater presence as the villainous Slayton. Actresses Donna Reed and Roberta Haynes were also pretty good as Jennifer and the feisty Mexican Estella Morales. Lee Marvin, who would later go on to become a major star has a role as one of the gangsters; he seems to have played many such parts at this point in his career. Filmed amongst some spectacular Arizona scenery the film looks great although the moments that were designed to show off the films original 3-D release were not too subtle... although it might just seem that way because I'd read it was shot in 3-D shortly before viewing it! The story went pretty much as one would expect although we were allowed to think that Ben had died for an impressively long time... if he hadn't been played by the star I'd have assumed he he'd been killed... I'm not sure why the villains thought he was dead though; after regaining consciousness he acted as though nothing had happened to him! If you like westerns this one is well worth your time.
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8/10
Well Wriiten 1950s Western
Pamela Short23 June 2017
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Gun Fury is a well written revenge western, a very popular theme for the 1950s western film genre. Filmed in the 3-D process in vivid technicolor on a location of the most magnificent landscape/scenery. Directed by Raoul Walsh, starring Rock Hudson, Donna Reed, Philip Carey and Leo Gordon, along with a strong supporting cast including Lee Marvin, Neville Brand and Roberta Haynes, Gun Fury does not disappoint. The story revolves around Hudson trying to rescue his fiancée, Reed, after their stagecoach was held-up, a villainous gang ( Philip Carey ) taking Reed with them. Thinking they left Hudson dead, he has a tumultuous time tracking the gang and rescuing Reed. Gun Fury is well worth the look for those who enjoy westerns made during the 1950s.
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8/10
Very good...worth seeing
MartinHafer6 June 2017
While you don't generally associate Rock Hudson with westerns, earlier in his career he did several...including, amazingly enough, some where he played American Indians! Here in "Gun Fury" he is in a western...and fortunately he does NOT play a native!

When the story begins, Jennifer (Donna Reed) is on her way out west to meet her fiancé, Ben Warren (Hudson). However, a gang leader, Frank Slayton (Philip Carey) has set his eyes on Jennifer...and after robbing the stage and leaving Ben for dead, he absconds with the woman! His gang isn't thrilled with the idea...killing folks and stealing is fine...but why bring along this captive?! When Jess (Leo Gordon) argues with Slayton, his boss beats him senseless and leaves him behind! Soon, Ben and Jess band together to trail the gang, as both men want Slayton!

This is a very good film...with excellent acting, a taut script and enough different about this to make it stand out from the bazillion of other westerns out there. Also, the Sedona, Arizona scenery is amazing...a lovely backdrop to the story.
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7/10
All Star Raoul Walsh Western!
bsmith55521 April 2017
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"Gun Fury" is lifted a couple of notches due to the direction of veteran director Raoul Walsh. He keeps the story moving and riveting at the same time. He was able to get Rock Hudson on loan from Universal and employed several up and coming actors in the process.

Four travelers, Jennifer Ballard (Donna Reed), Buffalo bones buyer Weatherby (Forrest Lewis) and Southern charmer Frank Slaton (Phil Carey) along with his partner Jess Burgess (Leo Gordon), are heading across Arizona. Jennifer is going to meet her fiancé Ben Warren (Hudson) in order to get married and move on to California. At a stop over the girl is surprised by the unexpected appearance of Ben.

As they continue their journey, Slaton reveals himself as the notorious killer he is as he and his gang rob the stage of it's sizable gold shipment. His gang includes Blinky (Lee Marvin), Brazos (Neville Brand) and Westy (John "Lefty" Cason). During the robbery Ben is shot and believed dead as the Salton gang makes off with the loot and Jennifer. Slaton has a run-in with Jess and ties him up and leaves him to die.

Ben however is only wounded and takes up the pursuit. He rescues Jess and the two form a partnership. They are later joined by an Indian Vincente (I hope I got this right)(Don Carlos). When the trio catches up to the gang an exchange is arranged (Jennifer for Jess) and.............................................

Hudson was just hitting his stride and had made other westerns, so he was at home in the saddle. He is quite good as the revengeful Warren. Donna Reed was about to win an Academy Award for "From Here to Eternity". Carey never did make it to the "A" list but was always dependable in the westerns of the day that he appeared in. Roberta Hayes livens things up as Slaton's "girl he left behind", Estella. Marvin and Brand have little to do as members of the gang but would soon graduate to better parts. I always liked John Cason who appeared in many "A" and "B' list westerns of the day. He could always be spotted with his left handed holster and his distinctive voice.

Originally filmed in 3D by a director with but one eye.
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7/10
Gun Fury
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*** This review may contain spoilers ***

*Plot and ending analyzed*

Gun Fury from 1953, is not a bad Western at all. It has familiar faces (Donna Reed, Lee Marvin and Neville Brand) and stars Rock Hudson. Rock Hudson is a bit stiff and bemoans throughout the film, but still, he's up to the challenge of rescuing his to-be bride from a vicious and notorious gang. Jess Burgess (actor Leo Gordon) is a part of the gang but later gets lynched up for trying to save Donna Reed. They are joined by a Taos Indian and go on the hunt.

The landscape is stunning (the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona) and the direction competent.

It's a nice Western to watch anytime.
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8/10
Better than the title suggests!
Tony Keith19 November 2017
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Except for a couple of inconsistencies, this is an "authentic western", if ever there was such a thing produced in Hollywood!

It has a believable story, with a well written screenplay, that takes advantage of the 1950's new technology, big screen, brilliant Technicolor and great location shooting.

Aside from a couple of stereotypes, the Indian and the fiery Mexican girl, the cast of characters have depth and are are genuinely believable. Phil Carey was good, Rock Hudson did not overplay his role, although Donna Reed was just along for the ride.

The score is well constructed and keeps everything moving.

I didn't expect much from this movie, given the banal title, but stayed involved with the characters until the very end.

I actually cared how it all turned out!
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10/10
Walsh's only 3D western
mmcgee28221 September 2017
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Let me make a point about this film,now on Blu-ray 3D,ratio to Columbia's original wide screen process,but,ratio also for smaller screens too,for theaters that have not changed to larger screens at the same time.It was also offer in top and bottom single strip 3D prints also,due to the problems of 35mm double interlock that was happening.You talk about those fake liberals going after confederate memorials,claiming on the ground is glorifying hate. This story is the opposite. Political correct conservative could go after this film and try to ban it too,cause it shows the facts that offends them.One confederate is reformed,coming from Atlanta another has turn to robbery,and is portrayed as a rapist and a kidnapper,coming from Virgina .The winners of the civil war are the good guys .The ex confederate would be viewed by conservative as being portrayed negatively.Rock Hudson,handsome , well built,when he was young.He was becoming more of a star ,at that time,Hiding a secret,that he was sexually attractive to men,so that he would not loose his acting job and end up in prison,way before his H.i.v. tragedy.The truth is that after the civil war there were hardly any jobs,during the reconstruction period .Worst! the democrats wanted to get the railroad corps to support them.They brought in Chinese to use the Chinese for low pay labor ,for the railroad. This cause a rate of Unemployment against American citizens to go up also. Some took to railroad Robbery and stage coach Robbery as a quick answer,regardless of being ex confederates or or union soldiers.A film fan casual or serious would not really care how the story is.It's still entertaining.In the table scene you see an Argument between Rock Hudson,Phil Carey, the southerner and his partner Jesse,played Leo Gordon,who looks a little like Chris Pratt,argue about how the war started.They talk about everything except one factor ,to free black people from slaver.This was the 1950's and the civil rights was slowly gaining power ,but not yet,so that was not mentioned ,freeing blacks,so that the southern theaters would not avoid showing it.This was released after from here to eternity,which was project in simulated wide screen and dubbed in stereo phonic sound ,at the time,but, not shot that way.Donna reed was excellent as Rock's finance,before she became known for her t.v.show and her opposition against the Vietnam war,"Mothers against war.Roberta Haynes portrayed Phil Carey's jilted Hispanic girl friend,with a 1950's

semi Italian cut hairdo,popular at that time.With a good story and plot make it 2d worthy too .The 3D cinema photography was excellent.Columbia was know to having more throwing things at the camera in their 3D movies.In spit of this it did not detract from the story.The only thing I did not like about it was, that, the painting in the front cover, of the Blu-ray disc, did not look like the stars.Columbia did a 3D short with an unknown Comedian ,name Harry Mimmo,why did not twilight add this too the menu ?Well I'm glad that this movie was restored to the way it was meant to be seen ,In it's 3D glory.With Raoul Walsh ,who lost one eye in an accident in 28, he did a fine job. The night time scene's if you look closely were shot in daylight ,with gray colored filters.It surprised me that it did not messed up the 3D effect by blocking more of the polar light.It includes a booklet that discuses the director and film and surprised! an honest to goodness 3D trailer of the movie.09/21/17 .
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