Everybody in the town of Copper Springs is eager to credit Bonner with the shooting of legendary gunman Jett King - including King himself, who doesn't want his reputation destroyed by letting it be ...
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When John Payne's movie career was slowing down he turned to television
with this western series. He played Vint Bonner, legendary fast gun
western hero who drifts from town to town. As I remember he was like
Gregory Peck in The Gunfighter, a man who was getting tired of the
business he was in. Unfortunately young toughs looking to make a
reputation and people in distress in general wouldn't let him rest.
What I remember best was the early conversion kit he had. In his
saddlebag he carried a barrel which could be screwed into the business
end of his six shooter and a rifle stock which could be attached to the
other end. When one was ambushed from a distance on the trail this
became a handy tool to have around.
Of course toy manufacturers had one out for the life of the series. And
I wanted one at the age of 10. But alas my parents never let me have
Payne was a thoroughgoing professional in every kind of film be it
musical or dramatic. That was much in evidence in The Restless Gun. It
ran on NBC opposite another western show with an actor looking to make
the transition to television. That would be Rory Calhoun in The Texan.
But I preferred Mr. Payne.
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