Forty Guns (1957)

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Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sheriff Ned Logan
Robert Dix ...
Chico Bonnell
Jidge Carroll ...
Paul Dubov ...
Judge Macy
Gerald Milton ...
Shotgun Spanger
Ziva Rodann ...
Neyle Morrow ...
Chuck Roberson ...
Howard Swain
Chuck Hayward ...
Charlie Savage
Sandy Wirth ...
Chico's Girlfriend (as Sandra Wirth)


An authoritarian rancher, Barbara Stanwyck, who rules an Arizona county with her private posse of hired guns. When a new marshall arrives to set things straight, the cattle queen finds herself falling, brutally for the avowedly non-violent lawman. Both have itchy-fingered brothers, a female gunmaker enters the picture, and things go desperately wrong. Written by Tamsin

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The Taming of the Arizona Territory !




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September 1957 (USA)  »

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Samuel Fuller's Forty Guns  »

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$300,000 (estimated)

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Griff Bonnell: What's the matter? You look upset.
Jessica Drummond: I was born upset.
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one of fuller's best
20 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is one of my favorite Sam Fuller films and for that matter of one Stanwyck's best. This was one of Stanwyck's later pictures when she had a lower price range and she made some of her best pictures in this period. I know not too many people are going to agree with that but so what. Barry Sullivan never made it out of the "B" pictures and when he did he was just in a supporting role. Sullivan plays a Wyatt Earp type with his two brothers and he just wants to retire. The old west is dying out and Stanwyck would also like to get out. This movie sort of reminds you of Johnny Guitar with Joan Crawford but it would hard to say which one is better. If you are a fan of Stanwyck's or Fuller's would should see this movie.

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