7.3/10
1,247
30 user 9 critic

No Name on the Bullet (1959)

Approved | | Drama, Western | February 1959 (USA)
When hired killer John Gant rides into Lordsburg, the town's folk become paranoid as each leading citizen has enemies capable of using the services of a professional killer for personal revenge.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (story)
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Murphy deserts the Union Army to warn former Texas neighbors of impending Indian attacks triggered by Army massacre. He overcomes initial distrust and convinces the homesteaders (all women ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Audie Murphy, Kathryn Grant, Hope Emerson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Marshal Tyrone and the Silver Kid form an uneasy alliance against a gang of claim jumpers.

Director: Don Siegel
Stars: Audie Murphy, Faith Domergue, Stephen McNally
Biography | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Indian Agent sent to try new approach to peace with Apaches based on respect for automomy rather than submission to Army. Wins over reservation chiefs and the Indian widow (Bancroft) given ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Anne Bancroft, Pat Crowley
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Railroad surveyer Murphy goes after rustlers who murdered his father and brother. Along the way, he first arrests then teams up with outlaw Duryea who helps Murphy only to see how long the ... See full summary »

Director: Jesse Hibbs
Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Dan Duryea
Gunsmoke (1953)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A young gun slinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter, save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot, Paul Kelly
Destry (1954)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In the old West, a small frontier town is being controlled by ruthless mob boss Decker and his cronies. After the local sheriff dies under mysterious circumstances, Decker arranges to have ... See full summary »

Director: George Marshall
Stars: Audie Murphy, Mari Blanchard, Lyle Bettger
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Outraged by Redleg atrocities, the James and Younger Brothers along with Kit Dalton join Quantrill's Raiders and find themselves participating in even worse war crimes.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Audie Murphy, Brian Donlevy, Marguerite Chapman
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

When Quantrill's gang is almost destroyed two of the captured members agree to join the Arizona Rangers to help finish the job.

Director: William Witney
Stars: Audie Murphy, Michael Dante, Ben Cooper
Crime | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In 1875 a murderous outlaw gang breaks criminals from jail, uses them to help in crimes, and then kills them for the reward, when it goes high enough.

Director: Frank McDonald
Stars: Audie Murphy, Ben Cooper, Colleen Miller
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Banner Cole is a tough sheriff's deputy who forms a small posse to go after 4 death cell escapees who killed the sheriff , along with 3 other men, and kidnapped a woman with rape in mind.

Director: Herbert Coleman
Stars: Audie Murphy, John Saxon, Zohra Lampert
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The townsfolk of Sutterville mistake passerby Clay Santell for killer Travers who committed a few murders in the county, forcing Santell to go after the real killer in order to prove that he is not Travers.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Audie Murphy, Felicia Farr, Stephen McNally
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Audie Murphy is again the kid who puts on a badge to catch the bad guy, skillfully played by Barry Sullivan. On the way back to town the two develop a curiously close relationship - ... See full summary »

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Audie Murphy, Barry Sullivan, Venetia Stevenson
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Charles Drake ...
Luke Canfield
Joan Evans ...
Anne Benson
Virginia Grey ...
Roseanne Fraden
...
Lou Fraden
...
Asa Canfield
...
Buck Hastings
Edgar Stehli ...
Judge Benson
Simon Scott ...
Reeger
...
Stricker
...
Pierce
Charles Watts ...
Sid
John Alderson ...
Chaffee
...
Harold Miller
Russ Bender ...
Storekeeper
Edit

Storyline

Cool, cultured John Gant rides into Lordsburg. Gant is a professional killer, and although no one knows who he is there to kill, they are all worried. Everyone has enemies, and maybe Gant is in town for them. While they wait for him to make his move, paranoia starts taking over... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The strangest killer who ever stalked the West !

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

February 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stranger from Nowhere  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)

Color:

(Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Warren Stevens played the alien "Rojan" in the original Star Trek series episode "By any other name" See more »

Quotes

Dr. Luke Canfield: I don't suppose you know why he's locked himself in his office, do you?
John Gant: He's afraid of me.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Above Average Murphy Western!
21 June 2004 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"No Name On the Bullet" marks a role reversal for star Audie Murphy. Normally the soft spoken hero, this time out he is a cold blooded hired killer with little or no redeeming qualities.

John Gant (Murphy) a hired killer, rides into town one day and is soon recognized by the towns people. His modus operandi has preceded him. It seems that he rides into a town, checks into a hotel and then just sits around for days taking stock of the situation and sizing up his next victim, who is known only to him. He then goads his victim into a fight and shoots him down in self defence.

With Gant's arrival several townsfolk begin to get nervous, each believing that they are his intended victim. It seems many of the good citizens have skeletons in their respective closets. Is it the respected town doctor, Luke Canfield (Charles Drake), his father Asa the blacksmith (R. G. Armstrong), gambler Reeger (Simon Scott), "respected businessmen" Stricker (Karl Swenson) and Pierce (Whit Bissell), miner Ben Chafee (John Alderson) or Lou Fraden (Warren Stevens), who has run off with another man's wife (Virginia Grey)?

Well, each begins to think that the other is trying to have him/her killed and they begin to fight among themselves. Only the sheriff (Willis Bouchey) has the courage to stand up to Gant, but Gant shoots his gun hand in a showdown. Through it all Dr. Canfield along with his fiance Anne Benson (Joan Evans) and her terminally ill and crippled father, retired Judge Benson (Edgar Stehlt) try to make sense of it all. Canfield comes to earn Gant's respect for his courage in trying to prevent any violence. The suspense builds, some die until we learn that Gant's victim is........

Normally when you watch an Audie Murphy western, you would expect him to abandon his intended victim and ride away. Not so here. The cold and calculated manner in which he goads his victim into a fight leaves no question that Gant is all bad. Murphy pulls it off. He was gradually becoming a better actor with each film. His performance as Gant is downright chilling. He would follow that up with another good performance in "Unforgiven" a big budget western with Burt Lancaster and Audrey Hepburn the following year.

Universal always populated the Murphy westerns with a cast of seasoned veterans. This film is no exception. Drake appeared in many of Murphy's films on both sides of the law. He gets to be the hero in this one. Stevens as the gutless wife stealer stands out as does Grey as his distraught wife who sees that she has made a big mistake. The ever reliable Bouchey is excellent as the sheriff who is powerless to stop Gant. Stehlt is good as the terminally ill judge and Evans makes an attractive heroine. In fact, there's not a single weakness in the entire cast. Sharp eyed western lovers will spot Bob Steele (mostly from the back) in the card playing sequence.

Great stuff.


21 of 24 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The Ending boo-7
Chess goof ccbc
Did this film inspire High Plains Drifter? kentonc2001
Discuss No Name on the Bullet (1959) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?