Gunsmoke (1953)

Approved  |   |  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.



(screenplay), (novel) (as Norman A.Fox)
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Complete credited cast:
Reb Kittredge
Susan Cabot ...
Rita Saxon
Paul Kelly ...
Dan Saxon
Charles Drake ...
Johnny Lake
Mary Castle ...
Cora Dufrayne
Curly Mather
Donald Randolph ...
Matt Telford
William Reynolds ...
Chubby Johnson ...
Doc Farrell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philo McCullough ...
Abner Sneed (scenes deleted)


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 <>

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Hired Gunslinger In A Lawless Land!




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March 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Man's Country  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Reb Kittredge: Did you ever think of settling down in one place, Johnny?
Johnny Lake: Yeah, I did settle down once.
Reb Kittredge: What happened?
Johnny Lake: They forgot to lock the cell one night.
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I'm Tying Up My Bridle
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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If you like westerns you will not be disappointed
10 November 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Audie Murphy plays Reb Kittredge in this 1953 classic western of good versus bad. When land-grabber Matt Telford wants to buy the entire valley there is one land owner that will not sell. So Telford sends for hired gunman, Reb Kittredge, to make sure that the hold-out, Dan Saxon, will not get his cattle to market to pay the mortgage on his farm- the farm that Telford wants to buy.

But when Reb does not get the payment he was seeking, he then teams up with the Saxon and his beautiful daughter Rita (Susan Cabot) to make sure the cattle makes it to market. Reb and his team are going to meet obstacles along the way as Telford hires his own men to stop the cattle-drive.

Even though Audie Murphy was not the most talented actor on the lot, the story plays out well. At the beginning of the movie it was difficult to see Murphy as the outlaw. But as usual the world returns to harmony as Murphy turns from the outlaw ways and embraces a family in need of his help.

Not the most memorable western but one with many good lines and lots of action. A movie that a western lover will not quickly forget.

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