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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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Stella Atkins
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Marshal Lee Sims
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Saul Atkins
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Jeff Castle
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Ann Wakefield
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'Frenchy' Lescaux (as Ted DeCorsia)
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Ed Pinchot
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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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Producing debut of Samuel Goldwyn Jr.. 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 »

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Stella Atkins: Then what are you going to do?
Clint Tollinger: Nothing. I warned him; I thought I made it pretty clear.
Stella Atkins: Yes, but if you warned a child and he does something foolish anyway, you try to stop him from getting hurt.
Clint Tollinger: Oh, I see. You think Jeff is a child, huh?
Stella Atkins: Partly...
Clint Tollinger: Well, I think he's a man. He might be a little young and bullheaded about some things, but if there were more men like him around, I might not be here.
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Man With The Gun
8 February 2007 | by (michigan) – See all my reviews

There are westerns and there are westerns with many actors and then there is a Robert Mitchum western....in this film Mitchum plays a no nonsense, hard as nails character as a so called "town tamer"....he follows his estranged wife played coldly by Jan Sterling as she is the madame of a group of dance hall girls...Mitchum wants to make amends with his ex-wife Sterling but she is cold as ice toward him. Mitchum accepts the job as a combo sheriff and "town tamer" and then manages to shoot up the whole place and fight with anyone who gets in his way....he does not believe in taking any so called prisoners. Along the way Mitchum defends a local young man and his wife who are being terrorized by the local hoodlum who runs the town from his distant ranch. The town council soon gets very wary of Mitchum and wants to see him kicked out of the job...Mitchum in his normal, cold and calculating way tells the town to take a hike - that he wants to continue in his job. Check out a very young Angie Dickinson who plays a dance hall girl...must have been one of her first roles. In the end a good gun fighting scene with a set up dance hall girl and a town misfit played by Leo Gordon who along with the local kingpin rancher tries to wipe out Mitchum. Mitchum handles this role like a pro - cold and calculating, always looking over his shoulder for the next confrontation. One is never far away. A very young Karen Sharpe has a good role as a young housewife infatuated with Mitchum. In the end Mitchum is shot up and winds up in the arms of his estranged wife Sterling. Solid western, very enjoyable....Mitchum up to top standards as a hard charging sheriff. One of Mitchum's best B westerns.


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