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At Gunpoint (1955)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  25 December 1955 (USA)
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The peace-loving owner of a general store, who became a town hero when he luckily killed the leader of a gang of bank robbers, is deserted by the townspeople who fear the threatened return of the vengeful bandits.

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Martha Wright
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Doc Lacy
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Billy Wright
Skip Homeier ...
Bob Dennis
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Livingstone
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Clem Clark
Irving Bacon ...
Al Ferguson
Jack Lambert ...
Kirk
John Pickard ...
Alvin Dennis
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The Stranger (Bob Alexander)
Harry Shannon ...
Marshal MacKay
Frank Ferguson ...
Marshal George Henderson
James O'Hara ...
Wally (as James Lilburn)
Harry Lauter ...
Federal Marshal
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The peace-loving owner of a general store, who became a town hero when he luckily killed the leader of a gang of bank robbers, is deserted by the townspeople who fear the threatened return of the vengeful bandits.

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STARTLING as looking down the barrel of a loaded gun! See more »

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25 December 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mancha de Sangue  »

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2.35 : 1
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[first lines]
[Bob Dennis is practicing aiming and firing his gun]
Alvin Dennis: You're sure itchin' to use that thing again, ain't ya?
Bob Dennis: Never hurts to be ready.
Alvin Dennis: You're always ready. Put it away.
Bob Dennis: You're nervous, huh?
Alvin Dennis: Yeah, well, I wouldn't be if it wasn't for you.
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no myth of the west, but also no High Noon
1 May 2012 | by (S. Paulo, Brazil) – See all my reviews

Who saw Alfred Werker 's two remarkable westerns "The Last Posse" and Three Hours to Kill" will not be deceived by "At Gunpoint", which basically has the same story as High Noon, but in a totally different style. And the difference in style is huge; High Noon used the myth of the west, from the cinematography to the hero and the ballad, everything was keyed to what we would expect in a standard western, but this time done better. Werker, on the opposite, uses a realistic style, his hero is a shopkeeper who just wants to live a decent life. He is no Wiil Kane. By showing typical town people, their fears, and their decisions when faced by a crisis, Werker manages to make a good western, without the clichés of the fifties. But he throws down the drain the beauty of the myth of the West. We can adapt John Ford's theory and say "When the legend is bigger than the truth, film the legend" and wonder if Werker would have followed he would not have improved the film. But he also might have ruined it.. You will enjoy At Gunpoint as long as you don't compare it to High Noon.


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