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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
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Tom Biggert
James Millican ...
Dan Marady
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Pinto (as Charles Buchinsky)
James Bell ...
Doc Winkler
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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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He held the town at bay ... to save it !

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6 January 1955 (Finland)  »

Also Known As:

Dieser Mann weiß zuviel  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Larry Delong: [interior monologue] I could have taken that shotgun away from Lewellyn and wrapped it around his fat ears, but it might have meant shooting some misguided people who might have thought the right thing was to keep me in town. There was only one person left who might help me: Fritz, who ran a dirty little cantina which few self-respecting people ever entered. He'd do anything for a fast dollar.
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Good Western, nice character touches
5 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm glad to see that a majority of reviewers liked this film. I did, too. It's one Scott Western that's passed me by until now, though others are frequently shown on British TV.

The plot was more original than many 1950s' Westerns, and the town looked a little different to those so often seen. As has already been remarked, the townsfolk were a quirky lot, and there was some nice minor characterizations, especially the guy fondling a rope all the time.

What little love interest there was was unnecessary, doing nothing to the plot.

One might quibble at Scott's wish for a messenger to be sent to recall the posse. There wouldn't have been enough time to track it down and for it to return in time to combat the raid. And how obliging of Scott to ride so precisely under the tree that Bronson could jump on him. At least the revolvers ran out of ammunition after being fired six times, forcing their users to reload, unlike in some Westerns where they seem to have eight or more rounds in them.

I'll be happy to watch it again some time.


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