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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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Complete credited cast:
Reb Kittredge
Susan Cabot ...
Rita Saxon
Paul Kelly ...
Dan Saxon
Charles Drake ...
Johnny Lake
Mary Castle ...
Cora Dufrayne
Curly Mather
Jesse White ...
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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Release Date:

March 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Man's Country  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

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: The last time I saw you, you was down in Denver. Why did you leave?
Cora Dufrayne: Why did you?
Reb Kittredge: I had a reason.
Cora Dufrayne: You had twelve reasons... each one of 'em had a gun in his hand. I understand you got run out of Wyoming, too.
Reb Kittredge: Yeah.
Cora Dufrayne: Well, you've got a pretty good record. Texas, Arizona, New Mexico, Wyoming...
Reb Kittredge: I'm young yet.
Cora Dufrayne: You've run out of states, too.
Reb Kittredge: I understand there's lots of room left in Canada.
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See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have
Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Music by Friedrich Hollaender'
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a well done sagebrush
13 September 2001 | by (London) – See all my reviews

A hired gun with principles - that is Audie's role in this affair. He is tough and will not be told what to do. He realises that the person who hired him is not only a crook but a bully determined to walk over everyone. Reb, Audie's character, refuses to be controlled and be at anyones beck and call, so decides to change sides. As usual there is the obligatory shapely woman(Susan Cabot, one of his regular leading ladies) who pretends to hate him at first but, well, you know what's going to happen. Audie puts in an assured performance here, still fairly early on in his movie career. I've read that he insisted on wearing clothes cowhands wore (including hat complete with sweat marks) in order to give realism and grit to his roles. I have to include the words I usually slip in somewhere when commenting on an Audie Murphy movie: Audie looked great!

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