The Toughest Gun in Tombstone (1958)

 |  Western  |  14 May 1958 (USA)
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Matt Sloane is sent from Texas to Arizona to tame Tombstone where a gang of outlaws deals with cattle and silver. One of them killed his wife.


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Complete credited cast:
Captain Matt Sloane
Della Cooper
Gerald Milton ...
David Cooper, Assayer
Terry Sloane
Harry Lauter ...
Joe Barger
Charles Wagenheim ...
Pete Beasley
Lane Bradford ...
Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ...
Col. Emilio
John Frederick ...
Ranger Mac Burgess (as John Merrick)


Matt Sloane is sent from Texas to Arizona to tame Tombstone where a gang of outlaws deals with cattle and silver. One of them killed his wife.

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George Montgomery cleans up silver smuggling operation
22 July 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Toughest Gun in Tombstone" (1958) features George Montgomery's acting, which I like. He has kind of a breathy way of injecting his lines with some feeling. And it features Jim Davis as operational chief of the bad guys lodged in Tombstone who are conducting a complex silver smuggling operation. In the story, the U.S. is buying silver from U.S. mines at 4 times the Mexican price, so it pays to mine Mexican silver and transport it to a fake U.S. mine to fool the government. The scheme also involves rustling cattle in Arizona and selling them for the silver in Mexico. Montgomery heads a group of law enforcement agents who are to clean up Tombstone so that Arizona can enter the Union. I won't worry about historical accuracy because other reviews have already pointed out many inaccuracies. Hollywood movies, it must always be remembered, are fictional. The film makers placed entertainment far above accuracy.

In this one, Montgomery has a personal interest because one gang member has killed his wife and later wounded his son, who has fled. Montgomery feigns being an outlaw, which leads to some friction and distrust on the 10-year old's side.

There is a chief above Davis, and for some reason I guessed who it was. But no obvious clues were provided.

The movie has defects that lower the rating, and the IMDb voters have accurately assessed them implicitly in the current score of 5.3, which means a below par movie. Certain staging of the action is clumsy. The lead actress, Beverly Tyler, over-emotes constantly. Someone like Beverly Garland could handle this role much more smoothly. There is too much exposition of the strategy and tactics of Montgomery and his men. Some of the characters are not developed enough. This is a shorter movie, but length is not the limitation. The writing is.

Fans with limited time and a lesser interest in westerns or who prefer the more solid westerns can skip this one. Die-hard western fans and George Montgomery fans will not feel cheated if they take this one. I found it an adequate piece of entertainment but nothing special. As I said, I like George Montgomery movies and I've always liked Jim Davis too.

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