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Gunsmoke (1953)

 -  Western  -  March 1953 (USA)
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A young gun slinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter, save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner.

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Reb Kittredge
Susan Cabot ...
Rita Saxon
Paul Kelly ...
Dan Saxon
Charles Drake ...
Johnny Lake
Mary Castle ...
Cora Dufrayne
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Curly Mather
Jesse White ...
Professor
Donald Randolph ...
Matt Telford
William Reynolds ...
Brazos
Chubby Johnson ...
Doc Farrell
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Philo McCullough ...
Abner Sneed (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Kittridge is hired by the villains but turns to defend the rancher Saxon after learning the true situation. Kittridge wins Saxon's ranch with a cut of the cards but Saxon has other reasons for deliberately losing the gamble. Telford and Lake try everything from bushwhacking to setting a wildfire to stop the Saxon/Kittridge herd of cattle from reaching the railhead. Written by Carol Johnson <crj1@cornell.edu>

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Hired Gunslinger In A Lawless Land!

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During the cattle drive, Audie Murphy (Reb) has ridden up ahead, over a ridge, to scout the trail and sees a range fire burning towards the herd. As he races back down the hill to the other riders, his horse slips and almost falls down. He and the horse are able to recover and without missing a beat, Murphy says his lines to the others and the scene goes on. See more »

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Rita: How are you getting along with Kittredge?
Curly Mather: I can take him or leave him alone. If given the chance, I'd leave him alone.
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Drinks Are On the House
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Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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Audie Murphy does a cattle drive with Paul Kelly
22 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Wow! "Gunsmoke" (1953) is a really good western, very enjoyable. The dialog is incisive. The action moves right along, packing a lot into 80 minutes. There are some great scenes of cattle on a cattle drive. Even the songs are neat. The maturity, the adult-hood, and the faithfulness to human nature are a pleasure to watch. This is most certainly not a movie affected by method acting, by roles of tortured youth, or by drawn out scenes or acting.

The story has a good many unexpected features along with some western clichés, but the overall result is quite fresh. The cast makes this western work. Everyone pulls their weight and brightens up the screen. Audie Murphy is a good guy with something of a bad or questionable past, having hired out to others because of his fast gun. He's tough and he takes no nonsense. He's also a man who's suspicious. He keeps his word and he doesn't like to be bossed around.

Paul Kelly is the shrewd rancher who needs to get Murphy on his side and manages to do so, while also finding a match for his feisty daughter, the vivacious Susan Cabot. In any movie, Kelly delivers his lines in his own way, very clearly and with interesting intonations. He raises the movie immeasurably. Kelly has a chief helper, Jack Kelly, who clashes with Murphy, competes for Cabot's affections, and goes over to the other side. This Kelly too could act. He's memorable in "Drive a Crooked Road" and went on to tons of TV work, notably Bart Maverick. His role here makes him a distinct second fiddle, not allowing that much scope so as not to take away from the main opposition to Murphy and Paul Kelly, who is Donald Randolph. He's hardly a household name, but he has a recognizable presence and distinctive voice. Murphy starts the film riding with Charles Drake as a sidekick, and later Drake returns opposing Murphy. Drake too was a fine and versatile actor, who moved from Warner to independent to Universal, where he appeared in several Murphy westerns and made a fine career. Jesse White is well-known support on the trail as the cook. Another notable presence is the beautiful and quite treacherous Mary Castle, in a saloon girl role. She not only looks great, she has verve, and it matches that of Susan Cabot. Ms. Castle's promising career shattered on the shoals of drinking and personal problems.

The story maintains its freshness and appeal by its twists and turns, by a cast of experienced professionals, by its directness and by some very nicely filmed cattle episodes.


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