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Man or Gun (1958)

Approved  |   |  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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Release Date:

30 May 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Jede Kugel trifft  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Shadows (1959) See more »

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Man or Gun is a good question - the answer, "meh."
30 April 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Probably one of the most original ideas for a b-western I have ever come across. Despite having all the other trappings of a b-movie, (the female saloon keeper romantic lead, the bad rich guy and his gang, the philosophical drifter etc) the basic idea, the focus on the gun of a famous (now deceased) killer and whether or not it gives its owner supernatural speed on the draw makes for an unexpected psychological thriller.

Don't misunderstand me, this is not a great movie, its nowhere near as well realised as it should be and a terrific idea is poorly served. Still, if ever a movie deserved to be revisited, this is it. Here's hoping Tarantino or someone comes across it one of these days.

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