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Five Guns West (1955)

Approved | | Western | 15 April 1955 (USA)
Shalee Jethro (Dorothy Malone) helps her father run a desert stagecoach station. Five desperate outlaws arrive at the station to await a gold shipment they plan to rob, and Shalee becomes ... See full summary »

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Govern Sturges
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Shalee
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Hale Clinton (as Touch Connors)
R. Wright Campbell ...
John Morgan Candy (as Bob Campbell)
Jonathan Haze ...
William Parcell 'Billy' Candy (as Jonathon Haze)
Paul Birch ...
J.C. Haggard
James Stone ...
Uncle Mike
Jack Ingram ...
Stephan Jethro
Larry Thor ...
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Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Hoagie (as Boyd Morgan)
Jack Bohrer
Lionel C. Place ...
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William Taylor
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Shalee Jethro (Dorothy Malone) helps her father run a desert stagecoach station. Five desperate outlaws arrive at the station to await a gold shipment they plan to rob, and Shalee becomes their hostage bait in several ways, and then the men begin to fight among themselves. four of them attack her but she is saved by Govern Sturges (John Lund), who also turns out to be a Confederate officer planted among the gang. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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5 Ружей На Запад  »

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Film debut of James Sikking. See more »

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When the Confederate colonel is reading out the pardons he has granted to the five men, he says that a crime committed by one of the Candy brothers occurred in 1867. Since the film is set in the last months of the Civil War, which ended in 1865, this must be incorrect. See more »

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Govern Sturges: Don't string out. Indians like to pick off the last man.
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Not at all bad, though the villains didn't look too villainous
13 April 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I'm surprised that the rating for FGW is only 4.3, as I thought it compared reasonably well with other Westerns of the period.

The implausibility of five villains being pardoned and then being trusted to fulfil their undertaking to capture the absconding traitor and gold and return both to the Confederacy has already been remarked on. Getting the date wrong (the officer mentioning "1867" when the Civil War is still being fought) was astonishing. And the villains don't look that villainous, despite their crimes.

But the plot canters along well enough, the factional aligning and re- aligning of the five is interesting, and the final shoot-out quite original.

But I do wonder how much better the film would have been with Randolph Scott starring, Budd Boetticher directing and a couple of real heavies (Jack Elam, Skip Homeier, say).


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