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The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)

Approved | | War, Western | 1953 (UK)
A former spy moves to Arizona to join a gold robbery, but when he gets there decides that it's not for him and tries to change his life.

Director:

(as Andre De Toth)

Writers:

(screenplay), (based upon"Yankee Gold" by) (as John M. Cunningham)
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Storyline

Having been a spy for Quantrill's raiders during the Civil War, Jeff Travis thinking himself a wanted man, flees to Prescott Arizona where he runs into Jules Mourret who knows of his past. He takes a job on the stage line that Mourret is trying to steal gold from. When Mourret's men kill a friend of his he sets out to get Mourret and his men. When his plan to have another gang get Mourret fails, he has to go after them himself. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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THE SCREEN'S GREATEST OUTDOOR STAR (original poster-all caps) See more »

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War | Western

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Release Date:

1953 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

I Ride Alone  »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,600,000, 31 December 1953
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a separately filmed trailer, Randolph Scott talks to the audience about the film and about Three Dimension. See more »

Goofs

During the fight in the hotel room between Randolph Scott and Ernest Borgnine, there are multiple times when Ernest Borgnine was down and Randolph Scott could have gone for the gun laying on the floor, but instead chose to try to continue cutting at the rawhide binding his wrists with a small knife. he could have also used the knife on Ernest Borgnine, but didn't. See more »

Quotes

Jules Mourret: The yankees ruined the south. Now they're looting it.
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Connections

Referenced in The Fifties (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Dem Golden Slippers
(uncredited)
Written by James Allen Bland
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With De Toth direction you would expect something better.

This film has a lot going for it, like Scott playing a different type of hero. If you really look into it, what kind of a good guy is he? He was a spy at Lawrence, Kansas and helped indirectly Quantrill kill people he was friendly with. After that he goes to Prescott, Arizona and becomes a spy again, this time against the stagecoach owners. Considering this western was directed by Andre de Toth (Day of the Outlaw, The Last of the Comanches, House of Wax) you would expect something better.There are many action scenes, which are the greatest fun in a western like this, but most poorly made. We also have great actors like Lee Marvin, Ernest Borgnine and Claire Trevor. Perhaps De Toth got lost with so many 3D effects and did not concentrate on the movie, which had everything to succeed, specially one of the most interesting characters Scott ever played. Still, I cannot say I didn't enjoy it.


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