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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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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Western

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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 »

Quotes

Curly Mather: You're pretty tough with that gun strapped around your waist. I wonder how tough you'd be without it.
Reb Kittredge: You ain't never going to find out, Curly. I'm never going to take it off.
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I'm Tying Up My Bridle
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Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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Audie deals with land grabbers
6 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hired gun Audie Murphy hits town to help bad guy Matt Telford (Donald Randolph) take over Dan Saxon's (Paul Kelly) spread. After winning Saxon's ranch and cattle in a game of chance, Audie declines Telford's offer and keeps the ranch for himself. Murphy then decides to drive his newly won cattle herd to the railhead to meet the note payment on the ranch, with the help of Saxon, his daughter (Susan Cabot), and their former wranglers. Forced to get a new rent-a-gun, Telford hires Murphy's old cohort Johnny Lake (Charles Drake) to stop Murphy from reaching the rail line.

Although "Gunsmoke" is pretty much 1950's drive-in fare, this one has Audie Murphy in top form. Directed by Nathan Juran in just his second film, this movie moves along at a nice clip. A strong script that avoids a lot of clichés, makes the dialog far better than average for this type movie. Murphy and and the familiar face veteran cast all deliver good performances and turn a what might have been a pretty standard medium budget horse opera into one of Audie's best films. Watch for Jack Kelly in his pre-Maverick television series days as malcontent foreman Curly Mather.

Entertaining Western. Definitely worth a watch.


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