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Gun Duel in Durango (1957)

 -  Romance | Western  -  1 May 1957 (USA)
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Dan Tomlinson / Will Sabre
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Judy Ollivant
Steve Brodie ...
Jake Dunsten
Bobby Clark ...
Robbie Donovan
Frank Ferguson ...
Sheriff Howard
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Larry (as Donald Barry)
Henry Rowland ...
Roy
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Ranger Captain
Mary Treen ...
Miss Henderson - Spinster
Al Wyatt Sr. ...
Jones (as Al Wyatt)
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Burt (as Red Morgan)
Joe Yrigoyen ...
Stacey
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Dan Tomlinson, aka Will Sabre, head of a gang of outlaws, states his intentions to go straight but is warned by the new gang leader, Dunsten, that he has thirty days to come back to the gang---or else. On his way back to his hometown and girl, Judy, Dan picks up 10-year-old Robbie whose father has been killed. Dan gets a job as a bank teller and suspicion falls on him when a hold-up occurs and he doesn't use his guns. And, Dunsten and his former gang plants evidence to make it appear as if Dan cooperated with them. Dan is accused and now has to find a way to capture Dunsten and his gang, and clear his name. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The Saga of Will Sabre---and the day he had to shoot it out with the killers of his outlaw past! See more »

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The character Robbie who is 10 years old in the film, was portrayed by 12 year old actor Bobby Clark. See more »

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Robbie: The sheriff got the news! Everything's OK - it's official. I'm adopted!
Dan Tomlinson aka Will Sabre: We knew about it, Robbie. We just wanted Mr. Howard here to surprise you.
Robbie: Boy, what a surprise! You ride into town to get some stuff at the general store and you come back with a ma and pa... and that's what I call you from now on!
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The evergreen plot begins to get brown around the edges.

Dan Tomlinson, aka Will Sabre (George Montgomery), head of a gang of outlaws, states his intentions to go straight but is warned by the the new gang leader, Dunston(Steve Brodie)that he has thirty days to come back to the gang---or else.

On his way back to his hometown and girl, Judy (Ann Robinson), Dan picks up 10-year-old Robbie (Bobby Clark (I)) whose father has been killed. Dan gets a job as a bank teller and suspicion falls on him when a hold-up occurs and he doesn't use his guns. And, on top of that, Dunston and his former gang plants evidence to make it appear as if Dan cooperated with them.......wait, a minute, haven't we seen this before? A reformed outlaw comes to town, gets a responsible position (such as sheriff or stage guard or maybe even a bank teller---the reel west was getting really whimpy by 1956), and his old gang shows up, makes off with whatever is the most valuable and easiest to haul off...and the ex-outlaw is left to take the blame?

Well, by cracky and by gum, we indeed have...like in 1937'S TWO GUN LAW and 1939's THE THUNDERING WEST with Charles Starrett and 1932's Texas GUN FIGHTER with Ken Maynard and 1930's THE LONE RIDER with Buck Jones...and Universal trotted it out for Johnny Mack Brown in MAN FROM MONTANA...and Maynard liked it so much he used it again at Columbia in 1935 and in a 1940 Colony production and, all in all, it is probably the third most-recycled plot in the western-film genre.

No problem with the always-good George Montgomery filling in for the likes of Jones, Starrett, Maynard and Brown,or Bob Steele or Jack Perrin or Tom Tyler in other versions but Steve Brodie falls way short of the menace of Harry Woods or Dick Curtis.

Writer Louis Stevens shows once again what he lacked in originality, he more than made up for in total recall of plots that had been used before. In this instance, many times.


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