The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)

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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.


(as Andre De Toth)


(screenplay), (based upon"Yankee Gold" by) (as John M. Cunningham)
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Complete credited cast:
Josie Sullivan
Shelby Conroy
Jules Mourret
Dan Kurth
Bull Slager
Pierre Watkin ...
Jason Conroy
Joseph Vitale ...
Jim Martin


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 <>

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1.85 : 1
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Originally photographed in 3-D but often only exhibited in flat prints after its initial first and second run engagements. See more »


When Travis arrives in Prescott, power lines are visible in the background. See more »


Shelby Conroy: This town is a disgrace to everyone in it.
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Referenced in The Fifties (1997) See more »


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First movie I saw Lee Marvin
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I saw this movie in a naval base movie theatre, in, I think, 1956. It was the first thing I recall seeing Lee Marvin in. This guy just absolutely fascinated me. Randolph Scott had been a "Semi-hero" of mine in the late thirties and the forties. In this movie, he was so old, and so slow drawing his gun, that they had to speed up the film to make it look like he was drawing his gun fast. Lee, on the other hand didn't need any "camera" tricks to make him look fast. Lee Marvin, as he was dying from having been shot by this amazingly slow lawman (Randolph Scott), looked down at his two hands, as if to say, "Hands -- how could you have failed me". I thought, facetiously, "Boy oscar is written oll over that!" Really a neat scene. That began a continuing admiration for Lee Marvin,, who could do bad guys, good guys, good guy-bad guy (Cat Ballou), Comedy, Drama, Action, He was a craftsman, and a master at it.

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