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The Gambler Wore a Gun (1961)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Western | 5 May 1961 (USA)
A gambler tries to help track down the men who hanged a rancher when he tried to thwart their cattle rustling operations by selling his ranch.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Case Silverthorne (as James Davis)
Sharon Donovan
Doc Devlin
Tray Larkin
Don Dorrell ...
Jud Donovan
Charles Cane ...
Kelly Barnum
Het Larkin
John Craig ...
Rebe Larkin
Hastings (as Joe McQuinn)
Morgan Shaan ...
Boyd 'Red' Morgan ...
Eden Hartford ...


The professional gambler Case Silverthorn wants to quit and retire to a small ranch in Marlpine he bought recently. On the way there he saves the Sheriff's life, who got into an ambush. However another man is dead - Will Donovan, from whom he bought the ranch! Neither the Sheriff nor Donovan's children know about the sale. So Case has to switch back to his former profession, while he tries to clarify the situation. He comes across a group of cattle thieves. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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IT WAS THE TIME OF A YOUNG AND VIOLENT FRONTIER...THE TIME FOR MEN TO STAND AND FIGHT! (original posters and print ads-all caps) See more »


Action | Drama | Western


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Release Date:

5 May 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Cartas na Mesa  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point Barnum tells Larkin of 100 head of cattle "down at the Thompson ranch at South Fork". South Fork was the name of the ranch of "Jock Ewing" (Jim Davis, who plays Case Silverthorne here) on the TV series Dallas (1978). See more »


Case Silverthorne: How could you know all along?
Marshal Dex Harwood: Three of Diamonds. Tray Larkin, Diamond D. I got it.
Case Silverthorne: You know, Marshal, you're a natural-born gambler the way you read cards.
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Remake of The Lone Gun (1954) See more »

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Jim Davis once again makes a fine lead in The Gambler Wore a Gun
10 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

In the year after Jim Davis made Noose for a Gunman for director Edward L. Cahn, he would also make this one for the same man. Once again, his character's name is Case, this time a gambler named Case Silverthorne who discovers a hanged man and a left-for-dead marshal named Dex Harwood (Mark Allen) who he saves. It seems that Case is claiming a deed for a ranch sold to him by a Will Donovan-the same man found on the hanging noose. Only no one knows about that deed certainly not Will's adult children, Jud and Sharon (Don Dorrell and Merry Anders). I'll stop there and just say this was another very good western Davis made as the lead who brought all his experience of previously playing both good and bad guys in support to the fore for his tough-but-honest portrayal here. Oh, and like the previous one, there's also a leading lady-in this case Ms. Anders-who helps in the climatic shooting that provides a great surprise considering women were rarely involved on such scenes in these old-fashioned oaters. So on that note, I recommend The Gambler Wore a Gun. P.S. I noticed that one of the characters was mentioning a ranch at a town called Southfork (or maybe it was Suffork, who knows considering some of the accents). How ironic since Davis would eventually portray Jock Ewing on the original "Dallas" which partly took place at the Southfork ranch!

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