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Director:
Writers:
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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DVD Playhouse--March 2011
 (From The Hollywood Interview. 1 March 2011, 12:01 AM, PST)

Josh Hartnett to Star in Post-Apocalyptic Western Gunslinger
 (From FilmJunk. 14 September 2009, 9:40 AM, PDT)

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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)

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:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Joshua and Cane fight in the Marshal's Office, they bump into the jail cell which shakes like a heavy steel cage shouldn't.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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20 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
This movie did not like itself, 19 February 2002
Author: Inthegoodlife from Jacksonville, FL

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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