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The life of Tom Rosser, a town-taming gunman-for-hire, takes a turn when a bullet meant for him, from the gun of a renegade, Lee Ring, kill's Rosser's wife, Carol, instead. Ring, had been sent by the ruthless Kansas gang-leader, Riley Condor, to kill Rosser. The latter goes to White Plains, supposedly to look over property to but his agenda is to kill Condor. Word gets around that Rosser is in town and Condor realizes that his gunslinging henchmen, Horsinger, Tavenner, Slim Akins, Flon and Ring, are no match for Rosser, and he sets in motion a plan that will use the law to eliminate Rosser. Written by
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Dana Andrews stars in Town Tamer and in the title role of a man hired by railroad entrepreneur Barton MacLane to clean up a town. Usually Andrews operates within the law, but not here because town boss Bruce Cabot owns both sides of the law. That leaves Andrews little room to maneuver.
But Andrews doesn't care, he and Cabot have some bad history which is topped off by Cabot hiring someone to bushwhack Andrews, but instead kills his wife Coleen Gray. That makes it personal.
Cabot is really some piece of work, as John Wayne said to Ed Asner in El Dorado 'you don't wear a gun so I guess you hire it done'. Cabot has quite a few gunslingers on the payroll and a couple peace officers in sheriff Lyle Bettger and punk deputy Richard Jaeckel. Only Bettger has a habit of going off the reservation every so often. He's the wild card in this deck.
Town Tamer is a pretty violent AC Lyles 'geezer' western and this one is directed by western veteran Lesley Selander who must have a couple of hundred directorial credits. Besides those already mentioned you'll find such people as Philip Carey, Terry Moore, Jeanne Cagney, Lon Chaney, Jr., Richard Arlen, and Sonny Tufts. And least we not forget Pat O'Brien as a most corrupt town judge. O'Brien has only one scene and I wish we saw a bit more of him.
I saw Town Tamer as a kid in theaters as the back end of a double feature. I liked it then and I like it now.
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