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Gun for a Coward (1957)

Approved | | Western | 22 February 1957 (Finland)
After the death of a rancher his three sons run the ranch but one of them is seen as a coward because of his reluctance to gunfight.

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Will Keough
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Bless Keough
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Aud Niven
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Loving
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Hade Keough
Josephine Hutchinson ...
Mrs. Keough
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Claire
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Chief
Robert F. Hoy ...
Danny (as Robert Hoy)
Jane Howard ...
Marie
Marjorie Stapp ...
Rose
John Larch ...
Stringer
Paul Birch ...
Andy Niven
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Durkee
Frances Morris ...
Mrs. Anderson
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A young cowboy, whose dedication to the principles of peace and reason has earned him a reputation for cowardice, overcomes his psychological aversion to violence after his elder brother unjustly censures him for not joining in a foolhardy gunfight in which their youngest brother is killed. Written by Anonymous

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SAGA OF WESTERN GUN-JUSTICE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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22 February 1957 (Finland)  »

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Moonbrand  »

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2.35 : 1
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Dean Stockwell's first film as an adult after a five-year hiatus. See more »

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The Preacher: The Good Book speaks a lot of words at a time like this. But I don't think Harry Keough knew too many of them. He wasn't old enough...or calmed enough.
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Kehoe Family Values
3 January 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This is one rather unusual western with themes explored that are not normally reserved for western films. Gun For A Coward did come out in the Fifties the decade when the western finally did become adult.

Fred MacMurray, Jeffrey Hunter, and Dean Stockwell are the Kehoe Brothers who have the local Ponderosa spread courtesy of their father. Unlike the Cartwrights the Kehoes still have their mother Josephine Hutchinson still living with them.

MacMurray is the older and most sensible brother and he's in charge of the place. The youngest is Dean Stockwell who's a hotheaded kid. It's the middle brother Jeffrey Hunter. He's the one that mom kind of reserved for her own. The frontier life isn't for him, she wants him to go east possibly take up the law as a profession.

Hunter as per mom's raising always tries to talk his way out of all situations. That doesn't always work and older brother MacMurray is forever trying to both explain him and figure him out and younger brother Stockwell is impatient with his pacifism. Is Hunter really the coward of the family?

Some of the situations that normally come up with Ponderosa owners who are the good guys come up in this film. It's how they're dealt with and the attitudes expressed that are what makes Gun For A Coward a different kind of western.

One I think you'll enjoy.


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