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Man with the Gun (1955)

Approved | | Western | 5 November 1955 (USA)
When a notorious tough 'town tamer' is hired by the citizenry to rid of the gunmen driving them off their land, he finds the local saloon madam to be an old friend.

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Clint Tollinger
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Nelly Bain
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Marshal Lee Sims
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A stranger comes to town looking for his estranged wife. He finds her running the local girls. He also finds a town and sheriff afraid of their own shadow, scared of a landowner they never see who rules through his rowdy sidekicks. The stranger is a town tamer by trade, and he accepts a $500 commission to sort things out. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Directorial debut of writer Richard Wilson. See more »

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In one scene, Robert Mitchum walks across the street wearing a jacket. In the next shot (with no time lapse), the jacket has disappeared. See more »

Quotes

Stella Atkins: Those guns... all that talk about fighting... what happened to you today. I'm scared!
Jeff Castle: Honey, you just can't keep on turning the other cheek with a cemetery as big as we've got.
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An OK Western
1 June 2013 | by (Wales, UK) – See all my reviews

This is an OK film. Yes, each cliché arrives on schedule, each caricature is present and correct, mostly with the recognisable face of a character actor you cannot quite name. Never mind, this is a western. Generally speaking most westerns conform to a formula that pretty much approximates a morality play. Whatever the ingredients good, in the form of a rugged individual, will overcome bad. The women may be innocent and young, world weary and embittered or careworn and wise (or desperate) but most, will love with the hero and one will ride off with him. Robert Mitchum, 'The Town Tamer', is as effective as always. Jan Sterling with the severely styled makeup and hairdo, over sized eyes and turned down mouth is oddly beautiful. Angie Dickinson is strikingly pretty in a small part. The fat baddie appears in child size buggy and duly meets his fate along with and his evil henchman. There are no surprises but it's a satisfying film for a lazy afternoon.


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