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Gunsmoke (1953)

Approved | | Romance, Western | March 1953 (USA)
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

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Reb Kittredge
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Rita Saxon
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Dan Saxon
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Johnny Lake
Mary Castle ...
Cora Dufrayne
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Curly Mather
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Professor
Donald Randolph ...
Matt Telford
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Brazos
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Doc Farrell
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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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Romance | Western

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March 1953 (USA)  »

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A Man's Country  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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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

Doc Farrell: You sound as though you liked him.
Dan Saxon: Why not?
Doc Farrell: Well, if someone was out to shoot me, I think I could work up a reasonable dislike for him.
Dan Saxon: Ah, he's just doing his job. You can't hate a man for that.
Doc Farrell: Well, under the circumstances, I could try real hard!
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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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