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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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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

Reb Kittredge: How's he paying ya?
Johnny Lake: A thousand cash... $2500 bonus when the job is done.
Reb Kittredge: Meaning when you shoot me.
Johnny Lake: I think your name got mentioned somewhere.
Reb Kittredge: Well, I've been shot at for less.
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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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I never did like to shoot my friends.
25 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Gunsmoke is directed by Nathan Juran and adapted to screenplay by D.D. Beauchamp from the novel Roughshod written by Norman A. Fox. It stars Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot and Paul Kelly. Music is supervised by Joseph Gershenson and cinematography by Charles P. Boyle.

A safe recommendation to Western fans who just want to be entertained by an Audie Murphy picture of no pretensions. Nicely filmed out of Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, it's an unassuming film that follows familiar B Western plotting. Bad guy has reform in him and finds it when he ends up fighting for the underdog and falling in love with the daughter of said underdog. Characters are well defined, pace is brisk and the action is well constructed by Juran (latterly 7th Voyage of Sinbad/Jack the Giant Killer). Enjoy the shoot-outs, the cattle drive, the wagon down the hill sequence (those stunt workers rock!), and get on board with the devilishly handsome Murphy and the heart achingly sexy Cabot (check out how she carries off a red number during one scene as she gets the boys all hot and bothered).

It's not original and it doesn't bring any psychological smarts to the narrative, but it plays the clichés well and all involved deliver a professional and good looking picture. 6.5/10


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