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The Lone Gun (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 25 April 1954 (USA)
In Texas, drifter Cruze becomes the marshal of the town of Marlpine but he must face the murderous Moran brothers alone when the scared town refuses to back him up.

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Cruze arrives in town and when he stands up to the three Moran brothers, he gets appointed Marshal. First the brothers kill a rancher while framing another man. But when the jailer is murdered, Cruze gets evidence the Morans did it. He tries to raise a posse to chase them down but the townsmen refuse to go. So he rides off by himself to face the three of them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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They threw him a badge...a belt-full of bullets...and the toughest clean-up job in the West !

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Opening credits: The events and characters depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons places or firms is purely coincidental. See more »

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At the climax, after Marshal Cruze engages in a standoff with the Moran brothers, he subdues and seemingly handcuffs Hort Moran. Hort is not present with the group of criminals as they are being taken back in town for incarceration. See more »

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Fairweather: Care to deal?
Cass Downing: Doesn't matter.
Fairweather: Oh, but it does. No matter what happens - war or peace, boom or slump - it's always important who deals. Cut.
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Opening credits: The history of any frontier region . . . such as the great expanses of the new State of Texas . . . . offered many examples of the strange way in which a few men of great evil could dominate whole communities of well-meaning, but passive citizens . . .

. . . And examples, too, of men of a different breed . . . men who rode out alone for law and order, with badges on their vests and handcuffs in their pockets . . . playing a lone gun against great odds. See more »

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Fun if forgettable.
2 June 2013 | by See all my reviews

One of the other reviews here summed this up very well: "routine but entertaining B-western with few surprises". It's not going to linger in the mind very long after it's over, but it's pleasant enough to watch while it lasts. It's got a clearly delineated hero and villain and entertaining supporting characters, with the expected brawls and gunfire and impressive rural scenery to take in.

The very stolid George Montgomery plays Cruze, our good guy, who makes the acquaintance of outgoing gambler Fairweather (Frank Faylen, who delivers a nuanced performance, easily the movies' best) while travelling. They arrive in the small town of Marlpine where the mayor (Fay Roope) makes note of Cruzes' fighting abilities and hires Cruze as the towns' marshal. Cruze soon has his hands full dealing with the thuggish Moran gang, a bunch of cattle rustlers led by beefy Tray Moran (Neville Brand, a good antagonist). Cruze falls for local cattle rancher Charlotte Downing (pretty Dorothy Malone) while the amiable Fairweather ends up accused of murder.

As directed by Ray Nazarro, a Western veteran whose career dated back to the silent era, "The Lone Gun" is really no great shakes but its story is easy enough to follow and reasonably enjoyable. Watching some of the actors at work is really the main attraction; also appearing are Skip Homeier as Cass, Charlottes' morally compromised but not really bad brother, Douglas Kennedy and Robert J. Wilke as members of the Moran gang, and Douglas Fowley as the sleazy bartender.

One good thing about these older movies is their often brief running times; for example, this only runs 75 minutes. They very much get to the point and don't waste time. The wrap up is quick and satisfying.

Overall, a fine diversion.

Six out of 10.


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