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Gun for a Coward (1957)

Approved | | Western | 6 January 1957 (UK)
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
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Mrs. Keough
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Claire
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Chief
Robert F. Hoy ...
Danny (as Robert Hoy)
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Rose
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Andy Niven
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Durkee
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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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Moonbrand  »

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2.35 : 1
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Fred MacMurray was generally felt to be too old to play one of the brothers. 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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OK, but many boring repeated scenes, and no evidence of cowardice
8 July 2012 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

I read most of the reviews here, but saw the movie anyway because I like Westerns and Janice Rule, and I especially enjoyed two other Fred MacMurray Westerns, "Good Day For a Hanging" and "Face of a Fugitive." The latter is a classic in my opinion.

Most of the movie was worthy -- the stars, production values, general story outline, dialog. It held my attention. But, I have to agree with most of the reviews here: there were long, boring, repetitious stretches. There were too many indoor talky scenes. The cattle drive scenes seemed small, cramped and cheap. There were hardly any scenes involving action, excitement or suspense.

My biggest complaint is that the movie consisted mainly of repeated boring scenes where Jeffrey Hunter's character declined to fight (with fists or guns) his adversaries. Some branded him a coward for this, but the way the scenes were structured, it seemed to me like a smart move to avoid meaningless, risky fights.


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