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No Name on the Bullet (1959)

 -  Western  -  February 1959 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »

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John Gant
Charles Drake ...
Luke Canfield
Joan Evans ...
Anne Benson
Virginia Grey ...
Roseanne Fraden
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Lou Fraden
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Asa Canfield
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Buck Hastings
Edgar Stehli ...
Judge Benson
Simon Scott ...
Reeger
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Stricker
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Pierce
Charles Watts ...
Sid
John Alderson ...
Chaffee
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Harold Miller
Russ Bender ...
Storekeeper
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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>

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John Gant: I like you, Physician. You're like me. You and I may well be the only two honest men in town.
Dr. Luke Canfield: Don't compare us. We've got nothing in common.
John Gant: Everybody dies.
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When Audie Comes To Call
29 August 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

In No Name on the Bulllet, Audie Murphy got to star in one of the most unusual and best westerns in his career when he was cast in this off beat tale of a hired killer. As John Gant, Audie reverses type and becomes a coldblooded, yet very philosophical hired killer.

His modus operandi is simple. He gets hired by someone to do someone else in and he goes to wherever his target is, baits him into a fight and then shoots him dead. It's pretty well known in the west that's how he operates.

So Murphy arrives in a particular town, everyone knows he's there to see that someone dies. The town grows crazy with panic and speculation as to who his target might be.

It's a nice original concept for a western and the credit has to go to scriptwriter Gene L. Coon who all Star Trek fans remember as the writer on the original series.

Some of the townspeople are blacksmith R.G. Armstrong, doctor Charles Drake, banker Whit Bissell, mine owner Karl Swenson, judge Edgar Stehli, bartender Charles Watts, and store clerk Warren Stevens. Just who has Audie come to dispatch.

All of these players fill out the roles of the panic stricken townspeople very well indeed. But it is Murphy's film and one of the best westerns ever done and I believe his personal best.


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