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25 December 1955 (USA) See more »
STARTLING as looking down the barrel of a loaded gun! See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fred MacMurray ... Jack Wright

Dorothy Malone ... Martha Wright

Walter Brennan ... Doc Lacy

Tommy Rettig ... Billy Wright

Skip Homeier ... Bob Dennis

John Qualen ... Livingstone

Whit Bissell ... Clem Clark

Irving Bacon ... Al Ferguson

Jack Lambert ... Kirk

John Pickard ... Alvin Dennis

James Griffith ... The Stranger (Bob Alexander)

Harry Shannon ... Marshal MacKay

Frank Ferguson ... Marshal George Henderson

James O'Hara ... Wally (as James Lilburn)

Harry Lauter ... Federal Marshal
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

James Anderson ... Barlow (uncredited)

Gertrude Astor ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Roy Barcroft ... Townsman in Saloon (uncredited)

Ralph Bucko ... Guard (uncredited)
Kim Charney ... Eddie Ferguson (uncredited)

Chuck Courtney ... Horseman (uncredited)
William Forman ... Bank Customer (uncredited)

Byron Foulger ... Larry, the Teller (uncredited)
Mimi Gibson ... Cynthia Clark (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Preacher at Funeral (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Barfly (uncredited)

George Huggins ... Townsman (uncredited)

Michael Jeffers ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)
Lyle Latell ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)

Charles Morton ... Walter the Bartender (uncredited)

Leighton Noble ... Bob, the New Teller (uncredited)

Keith Richards ... Man in Saloon (uncredited)

Jeffrey Sayre ... Townsman at Meeting (uncredited)

James Seay ... Townsman in Saloon (uncredited)

Anabel Shaw ... Mrs. Ann Clark (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Jake - Postmaster (uncredited)

Rick Vallin ... Moore (uncredited)

Herb Vigran ... Matt - Man Talking in Saloon About His Wife (uncredited)
Barbara Woodell ... Mrs. Canfield (uncredited)
Stephen Wootton ... Joey Clark (uncredited)

Directed by
Alfred L. Werker  (as Alfred Werker)
Writing credits
Daniel B. Ullman (story and screenplay)

Produced by
Vincent M. Fennelly .... producer
Original Music by
Carmen Dragon 
Eric Zeisl (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ellsworth Fredericks (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Eda Warren 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Pat Whiffing .... hair stylist
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Edward Morey Jr. .... assistant director
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property
James West .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Ralph Butler .... sound recording engineer
Del Harris .... sound editor (as Delmore Harris)
Buddy Myers .... sound re-recordist
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
Music Department
Carmen Dragon .... conductor
Other crew
Mary Chaffee .... set continuity
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Gunpoint!" - Ireland (English title) (imdb display title), UK
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81 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.55 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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Joel McCrea was originally cast as Jack Wright.See more »
[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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Start to finish, a really enjoyable movie, 24 July 2008
Author: rooster_davis from United States

I'm not a huge Fred MacMurray fan when it comes to Westerns, I guess, but he could do a credible enough job as he did in At Gunpoint. The basic storyline involves a store clerk who shoots one of an escaping band of robbers. Only by a lucky shot does the clerk actually hit and kill one of the robbers; the dead guy's brother who is also in the gang makes it his personal business to get revenge, especially when the newspapers glorify the action of the clerk in shooting down the bad guy.

This movie has one of my all-time favorite Western character actors, Skip Homeier, who is the bad guy seeking revenge. (Homeier and MacMurray are also a protagonist / antagonist pair in another Western, "Day of the Bad Man", where MacMurray plays a judge.) In this movie, MacMurray's son is played by Tommy Rettig of the 'Jeff's Collie' (i.e. 'Lassie') TV show and he is rather annoying in the role. Maybe the director wasn't paying as much attention to him, as Rettig was really very good in 'River of No Return' with Robert Mitchum. (The lucky kid had Marilyn Monroe's hands all over him during that movie!) Walter Brennan, another great, is in this movie and as a testy old doctor, he has some pretty funny acidic observations to make. When his best friend and checkers-partner gets shot and killed, Brennan underplays the scene where he sees that his friend is dead - and he does so masterfully. He gives only the slightest view of his anguish but you can tell he's devastated. Brennan was a giant of the Westerns and he's great in this movie as always.

I think the premise of a story is all important and this movie has a great one - take an ordinary guy, give him beginner's luck at accidentally beating the bad guy, then have the rest of the bad guys come back seeking revenge. Don't compare this movie to High Noon as one other person did, because it's really not the same theme. Frankly if I had a choice of which one to watch right now it would be this movie, At Gunpoint. (And I do like High Noon very much, but this is also a darned good film.) You won't waste your time by watching this one. If you like Westerns, this is one you will enjoy.

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