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D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay)
Norman A. Fox (novel)
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March 1953 (USA) See more »
Hired Gunslinger In A Lawless Land!
A young gun slinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter, save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (Complete credited cast)

Audie Murphy ... Reb Kittredge

Susan Cabot ... Rita Saxon

Paul Kelly ... Dan Saxon

Charles Drake ... Johnny Lake
Mary Castle ... Cora Dufrayne

Jack Kelly ... 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"A Man's Country" - USA (alternative title)
"Roughshod" - USA (alternative title)
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79 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (PCA #16145) | West Germany:12 (cut)

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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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A fun, early Murphy Westerm, 27 June 2016
Author: King_man from Washington

While certainly in the mold of a "B" western, Gunsmoke manages to raise itself above its peer group. Good production values, an above average supporting cast that appeared to enjoy themselves, an OK plot bolstered by some spirited dialog, and a young Murphy showing he was incorrect in his self-assessment of "no talent."

The plot is pretty much by the numbers: Gambler Telford (Donald Randolph) wants Dan Saxon's (Paul Kelly) ranch and sends for gunslinger Reb Kittridge (Murphy) to arrange an early departure for Saxon from this earth. Due to the luck of the draw, or more probably Saxon's card skills, Kittridge ends up owning said ranch but has to get the cattle to market to maintain possession. Taking to the trail with Saxon, now a cowhand, Saxon's daughter Rita (Susan Cabot), her possessive boyfriend / ranch foreman Curly (Jack Kelly), and the rest of Saxon's old crew, Kittridge must beat both the elements and Telford who doesn't give up just because he's had a setback.

This could have been a B caliber movie but it's better than that. The plot is predictable but pretty much everything else is a step up. Veteran screenwriter D.D. Beauchamp's script has more life than usually found in this type of movie. Saxon – "He ain't no killer, Doc." Doc –"Well, if he isn't , he's been taking money under false pretenses all the way from Texas to the Canadian line." Later, when Saxon says he's willing to work for Kittridge in the cattle drive, his daughter pounces on him in an epic fail. Rita – "You mean you're going to work for him?" Saxon – "Well, we gotta eat don't we?" Rita – "I'd rather go hungry." Saxon – "I've tried that too. I wouldn't recommend it."

Paul Kelly adds immeasurably in his role as a rancher who sees parallels in Kittridge with his own early life and wants to provide a bit of course correction into the gunfighter's life. His timing is great and his easy going drawl a great counterpoint for Murphy. His scenes with Chubby Johnson are also great fun. While certainly a lot is filmed on sets, there are some good outdoor scenes and some nifty wagon riding down a hillside. The only quibble I have is with Susan Cabot. Somehow she doesn't have quite the presence of some other not-quite-A- list actresses of that era such as, say, a young Piper Laurie, but I guess that's a personal taste.

All in all, this is a better oater than most B pictures and shows an inexperienced Murphy could perform quite well when given good direction and surrounded with a good cast to play off of. Give it a try, you won't regret it.

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