Man with the Gun (1955)

Approved  |   |  Western  |  5 November 1955 (USA)
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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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Complete credited cast:
Clint Tollinger
Nelly Bain
Stella Atkins
Marshal Lee Sims
Emile Meyer ...
Saul Atkins
John Lupton ...
Jeff Castle
Barbara Lawrence ...
Ann Wakefield
'Frenchy' Lescaux (as Ted DeCorsia)
Leo Gordon ...
Ed Pinchot
James Westerfield ...
Mr. Zender


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 <>

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5 November 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Deadly Peacemaker  »

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1.85 : 1
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First production of Samuel Goldwyn Jr. See more »


Nelly Bain: Hurry, Kitty!
Mable: Lucky Kitty.
Ann Wakefield: She's going to visit her family. I don't call that fun. My family reads me like a book.
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Compelling tale of a drifter hired by townspeople to protect them from revenge-seeking outlaws
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In the Old west there are always the men who live breathe violence and the women who hold their breath. A famous ¨town tamer¨ named Clit Tollinger(Robert Mitchum) comes hired by the citizens to rid the gunslingers ( Leo Genn, Claude Atkins, among others), Baronland's hoodlums. There he meets the blacksmith (Emile Meyer) , his daughter (Karen Sharpe), her boyfriend(John Lupton), the marshal(Henry Hull) and the Saloon owner (Ted De Corsia). Clint as lawman is appointed deputy to bring peace and puts some cartels saying the following : ¨ Warning , wearing of guns or other weapons in town is banned. Check all hardware at the marshal's office ¨. Clint finds his ex-girlfriend, a local madame (Jan Sterling) in charge of the Saloon girls( Angie Dickinson, Barbara Lawrence, among them). But the town council afraid the raw methods carried out by Clint . At the end the kingpin landowner appears and attempts to murder Tollinger with his own hands.

This is a tremendously exciting story of a sheriff-for-hire who had only one more killing to go. It begins as a slow-moving Western but follows to surprise us with dark characters and solid plot. The tale is almost grim , a pacifier comes to a town just in time to make sure its citizenry but later the events get worse . The highlights are the burning at Saloon and the climatic showdown at the ending. Phenomenal and great role for Robert Mitchum as avenger angel and bitter gunfighter, he's the whole show. Vivid and lively musical score by Alex North (Spartacus, Cleopatra), Atmospheric cinematography in black and white by Lee Garmes. The motion picture is stunningly realized by Richard Wilson (Al Capone , Three in Attic) who made good Western as ¨Invitation to a gunfighter and ¨Zane Grey¨ episodes. Watchable results for this offbeat Western.

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