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Gunslinger (1956)

Approved | | Western | June 1956 (USA)
After her husband is gunned down, Rose Hood takes his place temporarily as marshal of a small Western town.

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Martin Kingsley ...
Mayor Gideon Polk
Jonathan Haze ...
Jake Hayes
Margaret Campbell ...
Felicity Polk
Bruno VeSota ...
Zebelon Tabb (as Bruno Ve Sota)
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Deputy Joshua Tate
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Jimmy Tonto (as Richard Miller)
George Offerman Jr. ...
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Marshal Scott Hood
Paul McGuire
Aaron Saxon ...
Nate Signo
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Oracle, Texas Marshal Scott Hood is murdered and his wife, Rose, takes his badge and sets out on a personal vendetta to find the killers. She'll have the badge two weeks, then the new marshal arrives to take over. Meanwhile, the unscrupulous Erica Page, the saloon-mistress, is busy buying up local property because she has a tip the railroad is going to make Oracle a depot stop. The cowardly mayor warns her that the railroad may not come to Oracle, but Erica already had that base covered, as after she makes payment on the land, she has her moronic henchman, Jake Hayes, murder the seller, take back the money, return it to her so she can buy some more land. Erica is a businesswoman who believes in a fast return on investment. But, in order to get away cleanly, if the railroad does not come through, she sends Jake out-of-state to Tombstone to hire a gunslinger to come kill Rose. He brings back a hired gun who falls in love with his intended target. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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According to Beverly Garland, the first scene shot was a love scene between her and John Ireland. It was at 6:30 in the morning and their teeth were chattering. She says they had huge red biting ants crawling all over them during the scene, and the ants can be seen in the finished film. See more »

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When the brothel owner is speaking with the mayor, Wormy is supposed to enter through the door in the background. He blows his cue by entering too early, realizes this, and quickly slips back behind the door. See more »

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[first lines]
Rose Hood: Hi.
Marshal Scott Hood: Hi. Long night.
Rose Hood: A quiet one for a change.
Marshal Scott Hood: Aw, you shouldn't get up so early just to fetch my breakfast.
Rose Hood: What else is a Marshal's wife good for?
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This movie did not like itself
19 February 2002 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

Gunslinger is a dreary movie that feels more like an exercise in self-persecution then a typical western. The plot is about a sheriff's wife who takes over after her husband is gunned down. She has until the new marshall comes to town to find out who killed her husband and to crack down on the town's lawless element. The leader of the lawless element, Erica Page, played by Allison Hayes, hires a hitman, played by John Ireland, to kill the lady sheriff, played by Beverly Garland. He falls in love with her instead. A lot of nice elements are floating around in this movie but are not properly exploited. John Ireland stumbles around (fitting as he is a drunk) but never is given enough dramatic moments to make his character dynamic. He's instead forced to play the drunk with a heart sort of made of gold. Even that angle completely loses credibility by the end. He comes off as more of a whiner and complainer then a cold blooded hitman. His character is also way too sympathetic and is virtually a hero up until the end. Beverly Garland fits in almost too well in her role as the new sheriff, Rose. She seems almost too comfortable and settled in her 'strong woman can compete in a man's world' role and loses credibility. It could have been nice to see moments of uncertainty and self-doubt which would naturally occur when going from a sheriff's wife to a sheriff in an instant but the movie never touches on it. The backbone of Gunslinger is Allison Hayes. Her portrayal of Erica Page is cold blooded and inhuman, a perfect bad girl. Jonathan Haze as Jake has his moments but is a little stiff. He and Jerry Lewis on the same stage would have been something interesting to see. Psychology flies around like a ping pong ball in Gunslinger but isn't played up enough. Ireland's character could also have been given more moments to show some crazy cool but he mostly just fumbles around in his vendetta against the mayor of the town. Too many sub plots also hurt this movie as just about everyone has an issue. It would take many hours to properly elaborate on all the elements the movie presents so some are skimmed over (such as how Erica Page convinced Jake she was in love with him). The main plot, the Beverly Garland/John Ireland love interest, is also itself overshadowed by the Cane Miro/Mayor Polk conflict, which unnecessarily takes up screen time. Featuring a cast who deserved better, Gunslinger is not very dramatic, pretty sadistic and very, very dreary.

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