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Man or Gun (1958)

 -  Western  -  30 May 1958 (USA)
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A gun-slinging drifter, armed with a legendary pistol, saves a town from the greedy clutches of an evil family. But what makes him so fast? Is it the man or the gun?



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Macdonald Carey ...
'Maybe' Smith / Scott Yancey
Audrey Totter ...
Fran Dare
James Craig ...
Pinch Corley
Sheriff Jim Jackson
Mike Ferris
Harry Shannon ...
Justin Corley
Jil Jarmyn ...
Mrs. Pinch Corley
Robert Burton ...
Deputy Sheriff Burt Burton
Buckstorm Corley
Karl 'Killer' Davis ...
Swede (as Karl Davis)
Julian Burton ...
Billy Corley
Carl York ...
Jack Corley
Harry Klekas ...
Mel Gaines ...
Ron McNeil ...


A gun-slinging drifter, armed with a legendary pistol, saves a town from the greedy clutches of an evil family. But what makes him so fast? Is it the man or the gun?

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SHOOT-OUT After SHOOT-OUT! No man could be that good...IT HAD TO BE THE GUN! See more »




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30 May 1958 (USA)  »

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2.35 : 1
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For a 1950s B Western surprisingly interesting
8 February 2002 | by (isla de la muerte) – See all my reviews

Man or Gun is an interesting film, which is unusual as most 1950s B Westerns are definitely not very interesting, most being retreads of earlier, better films. However, in this film there is inventive camera work with interesting angles and crane shots, an intelligent plot, a good use of music, sound and silence, and decent acting. It is all the more the unusual as being well directed by a man whose career was comprised of 9 films all directed in a single 5 year period (1956-1961), Albert Gannaway. While not a great film, it is a good one.

The plot involves Fran Dare (Audrey Totter), a saloon owner, and her partner manipulating a fast drawing stranger (Macdonald Carey) with a gun that holds a growing superstitious significance to those around him. He is used to wrest control of the town from the Corleys and to extract some measure of revenge for Fran, whose father had been killed by the Corleys. The town's aged sherriff spends his time in his office, playing checkers, trying to avoid trouble, and swearing that since he had been in office there had been "no killings, only legal shootouts".

Both Audrey Totter and Macdonald Carey had long careers, both appearing in over 50 films and in various televisions series.

The film has more the feel of the great physcological westerns of the 1950s than your standard Randolph Scott oater.

The final 20 minutes of the movie include an inventive gunfight at a farmhouse and a well done climax.

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