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Riding Shotgun (1954)

Approved | | Western | 6 January 1955 (Finland)
When a stagecoach guard tries to warn a town of an imminent raid by a band of outlaws, the people mistake him for one of the gang

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Larry Delong
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Deputy Sheriff Tub Murphy
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Orissa Flynn
Joe Sawyer ...
Tom Biggert
James Millican ...
Dan Marady
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Pinto (as Charles Buchinsky)
James Bell ...
Doc Winkler
Fritz Feld ...
Fritz
Richard Garrick ...
Walters
Vic Perrin ...
Bar-M Rider with Lynching Rope (as Victor Perrin)
John Baer ...
Deputy Ross Hughes
William Johnstone ...
Col. Flynn
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After members of his family are killed by the Maraday Gang during a stagecoach robbery, Larry Delong takes a job as stage guard in hopes that he will meet up with the outlaws. After he is captured by the bandits, his shot-up stage is returned to the town by the gang in order to draw the authorities out of town. After being left for dead, Delong escapes to warn the townspeople of an imminent raid by the outlaws. They don't believe his story and, in fact, accuse him of complicity in the stage robbery, tasking the town's remaining deputy with arresting him. A besieged Delong hides out in a local saloon before making his next move. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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About 10 minutes into the movie when the Marady gang ties up Randolph Scott, they tie his legs right at the knees as clearly visible when they pick him up. But in the next several scenes as he lays on the ground, there is no rope around his knees. See more »

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Larry Delong: [interior monologue] I didn't want to draw, especially against the law, but nobody was taking my gun away from me.
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Randy Remounts Once More...
5 January 2012 | by (www.2020-movie-reviews.com) – See all my reviews

Larry DeLong (Randolph Scott) is a man on a mission to bring to justice Dan Marady (James Millican) and his band of outlaws (who include a young Charles Bronson – then Buchinsky – amongst their number). So determined is he that he's riding shotgun on the stagecoach hoping Marady will strike. Marady's just as obsessed with his pursuer and, with an ease that makes you wonder whether ol' Randy isn't starting to slip, tricks our hero into a trap. Left to die by Marady's men, DeLong manages to escape (managing somehow not to shoot himself in the back of the head while doing so) and returns to warn the local townsfolk only to find that they suspect him of being one of the gang, and of trying to throw them off the trail of his mates.

As with most of Scott's films, Riding Shotgun is a reasonably entertaining Western shot on a modest budget, although enhanced perhaps by Andre De Toth's direction. The story's a little silly at times, with villains who take the time to explain to their victim exactly what it is they plan to do after he is dead so that, when he defies death – as Randy invariably did back then – he knows exactly what he has to do to foil their plot. The difference with this one is that he's largely impotent against the suspicion and mistrust of the well-meaning townsfolk, and spends much of the time unsuccessfully attempting to convince them that the bad guys are coming back into town to knock off the casino now that all the town's able-bodied men have formed a posse to chase a phantom gang of stagecoach robbers.

The film is reminiscent of High Noon in a way, although on an obviously much smaller scale, in that it pits a single man against an entire town. But in this case, the single man is a victim of mistrust and rumour, and his every move, no matter how innocent or well-meaning, is repeatedly misconstrued as something altogether more sinister. A better writer would have injected a lot more tension into the plot, but Randy was almost always whiter-than-white in his movies so there's not a lot of room to explore personality flaws that simply don't exist, and there's never any danger that DeLong just might lose his patience.

Decent enough then, but not one of Scott's best.


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