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Charles B. Griffith (screenplay) and
Mark Hanna (screenplay)
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Release Date:
June 1956 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Hired to kill the woman he loved!
Plot:
After her husband is gunned down, Rose Hood takes his place temporarily as marshal of a small Western town. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

John Ireland ... Cane Miro

Beverly Garland ... Marshal Rose Hood

Allison Hayes ... Erica Page
Martin Kingsley ... Mayor Gideon Polk
Jonathan Haze ... Jake Hayes
Chris Alcaide ... Deputy Joshua Tate

Dick Miller ... Jimmy Tonto (as Richard Miller)
Bruno VeSota ... Zebelon Tabb (as Bruno Ve Sota)
Margaret Campbell ... Felicity Polk

William Schallert ... Marshal Scott Hood
Aaron Saxon ... Nate Signo
Chris Miller ... Tessie - a Dancer
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Louanna Gardner ... Sadie (uncredited)
Herman Hack ... Barfly (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Barfly (uncredited)
Steve Mitchell ... Gunfighter (uncredited)

Paul Rapp ... Gunfighter (uncredited)
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Directed by
Roger Corman 
 
Writing credits
Charles B. Griffith (screenplay) and
Mark Hanna (screenplay)

Produced by
Roger Corman .... producer
David Kramarsky .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Russell Garcia (special music)
Ronald Stein 
 
Cinematography by
Frederick E. West (photography) (as Fred West)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Gross  (as Charles Gross Jr.)
 
Makeup Department
Jack Byron .... makeup artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bartlett A. Carre .... assistant director (as Bart Carre)
 
Stunts
Paul Rapp .... stunt coordinator
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Charles Hannawalt .... key grip (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Ronald Stein .... musical director
 
Other crew
Roger Corman .... presenter
Chris Miller .... choreographer
 

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Runtime:
71 min | USA:83 min
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Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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Trivia:
Allison Hayes broke her arm when she fell off a horse during the filming. Beverly Garland claimed Hayes intentionally slid from her horse in order to get out of the film. Director Roger Corman also shot a couple of close-ups of Hayes for the film as they were waiting for the ambulance.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Cane's "hotel room" is clearly a hallway; the door opens the wrong way and has the stain of a room number on the "inside."See more »
Quotes:
[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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21 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
Original B-western, 15 March 2004
Author: pzanardo (pzanardo@math.unipd.it) from Padova, Italy

Two tough women, one good one bad, dominate "Gunslinger", a nice B western, early work by Roger Corman. In spite of being so patently low-budgeted and made in a rush, the movie have several things to its credit. First of all, a considerable originality for the 1950s. The woman marshal Rose (Beverly Garland) is an uncommon character in western movies, all the more her outstanding guts and toughness. The early scene, when she shoots dead the killer during her husband's funeral service, is a shocker which, in some sense, sets the gutsy standard of the film. Personally, I never saw such an unexpected scene elsewhere. Fine stuff. Rose's counterpart is the cruel Erica (Allison Hayes), always ready to murder anyone interfering with her dirty schemes. She is uncommonly bad for a female character. These two beautiful mortal enemies are related in a love triangle with the gunslinger Cane Myro (John Ireland). I like this character, entangled in a Greek-tragedy-like strait of being hired to kill the woman he loves. John Ireland, slouching along with his dark suit, cold eyes, sad fixed grin, cynical sense of humor, is perfect for the role. In my opinion he makes a first-rate job, even too good for an unpretentious B-movie. The romantic scenes with Myro and Rose have an intensity which makes a fine contrast with the merely carnal interchange between Erica and the gunslinger. A remarkable sexy aura permeates a number of scenes, mainly thanks to three sensational saloon-girls. Even the final general killing, though far-fetched, has the merit to be non-standard. The tough, dry dialogue is praise-worthy, Garland and Hayes act adequately, and there is some good camera work (rarely, to be honest). Several sub-plots give a fast pace to the narration. It is almost impossible to get bored. After all, that's the main purpose of a B-movie, isn't it?

Unfortunately, sometimes "Gunslinger" is non-standard for goofiness, as well. An early take is so mistaken that I even suspect to be a director's deliberate choice. We see the pony-express starting from a stage-post, in theory some ten days far from Oracle, the village where the action takes place. Few seconds later he rides close to a big tree, under which we see the funeral service of the murdered marshal, in Oracle! And we have many takes of rushing horses, patently in "fast-motion". What's the point of such useless stupidity? Two potentially exciting scenes, namely the fist-fight between Rose and Erica and the attempt of the three saloon-girls to lynch Rose, are marred by a very poor editing. We find several faults in the cut of the movie, as well.

Anyway, I go back to my main point. The two pretty tough girls are exciting, the romance is pleasant, the flick is entertaining and presents some interest for a study of B-movies.

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