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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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Complete credited cast:
Tray Moran
Gad Moran
Fay Roope ...
Mayor Booth
Hort Moran (as Robert Wilke)


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 !


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

25 April 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Adios, My Texas  »

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(Western Electric Recording)


Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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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 »


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 »


Cruze: You're just like the people in the last town. They wanted law and order too, but they didn't have the guts to back it up.
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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 »


Remade as The Gambler Wore a Gun (1961) See more »

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In The Lone Gun, George Montgomery rides into town and immediately inherits the job as marshal after he handles the Moran brothers, the local toughs who are into a lot of the crime in the area. The Morans are played by tough guy actors Robert J. Wilke, Douglas Kennedy, and Neville Brand.

Among their criminal enterprises is cattle rustling and they've got a perfect hideout on the spread of brother and sister Dorothy Malone and Skip Homeier. Homeier is into the Morans on some gambling debts and they're holding that over his head.

The other main character in this western is tinhorn gambler Frank Faylen who has a ready wit and a fast shuffle for all occasions. He and Montgomery form a Wyatt Earp/Doc Holiday like partnership. Faylen also took the Morans for plenty so they have it in for him as well.

The Lone Gun is an entertaining western in which all the players acquit themselves well in their performances. The story moves well and the direction is taut. A good one for B western fans.

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