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No Name on the Bullet (1959)

Passed | | 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.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Benson
Asa Canfield
Edgar Stehli ...
Simon Scott ...
Charles Watts ...
John Alderson ...
Harold Miller
Russ Bender ...


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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The strangest killer who ever stalked the West !




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Release Date:

February 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Stranger from Nowhere  »

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Average & Median Shot Lengths = ~13.1 seconds. See more »


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.
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Great title Good western
9 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Audie Murphy had finally gotten a role where he could show his dark side. Picking up bits from Dan Duryea and Barry Sullivan's affable bad guys in previous films he had made with them, his John Gant is a smooth professional killer, an arbiter of fate, who in this film at least,seems to kill only those who truly deserve it. Cat calm and just as ruthless,he's afar cry from the baby face "Man gotta do what a man got to do" types he played in other Universal westerns. His real life prowess as the Hero lessened the suspense of those films, in this it brings a much needed tension; who can stop him? If he had played the good doctor and Charles Drake was the gunslinger everyone would know the resolution before the fadeout. Here, in a dark reversal of "Shane"'s ending, the fast gun rides out of the picture,his job completed,the hypocrisy and failings of the "good people" exposed,and the frontier is a little more civilized. This film,along with "The Red Badge of Courage,and the original "The Unforgiven" are the roles that showed that Mr. Murphy could've been a contender as an actual actor.

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