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Day of the Evil Gun (1968)

G | | Western | 1 March 1968 (USA)
A woman and two children are kidnapped by Apaches. The husband of the captured woman enlists the help of his neighbor to find the Apaches that seized his family; not knowing his neighbor has unknown reasons of his own for helping him.

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Lorn Warfield
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Owen Forbes
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Jimmy Noble
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Captain Jefferson Addis
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Sheriff Kelso
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DeLeon
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Sergeant Parker (as Dean Stanton)
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Lydia Yearby
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Willford
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Dr. Eli Prather
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Reverend Yearby
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Angie Warfield
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Storekeeper
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Gunfighter Lorn Warfield returns home after an absence of three years. Lorn finds his ranch in ruin.His neighbor, Owen Forbes, informs Lorn that his ranch was raided by the Apaches who kidnapped his wife and two children. Lorn decides to find the Apache camp and recuperate his wife and daughters. His neighbor, Owen, also joins Lorn in his quest. The two men don't get along because Owen courted Lorn's wife in Lorn's absence. Angie consented to Owen's courtship only because she believed her husband Lorn to be dead. Despite the tension between Lorn and Owen the two men are determined to find Angie and her daughters. Things get really hard when Lorn and Owen run into Mexican bandits, army deserters and Apaches. Written by nufs68

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They had one enemy even more deadly than the Apaches... each other! See more »

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(Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

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Closing credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual firms, is purely coincidental. See more »

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When Jose unscrews the butt-plate of Lorn's rifle to get the money out, in the next scene the butt-plate is back in place. See more »

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[during an cholera epidemic]
Dr. Eli Prather: Don't talk to me, I'm busy killin' people.
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Come Wander With Me
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Impressive and hard edged minor Western
2 November 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It is not credited as such but this is essentially a retread of The Searchers ,and the two movies share a common plot -the hunt for relatives stolen by Indians Glenn Ford plays a noted gunman trying to turn his back on his former violent profession and who joins his neighbour ,Arthur Kennedy ,in the hunt for Kennedy's wife and two children who have been taken by Apaches.Complicating the matter is the fact that both men are in love with the woman in question. They are helped in their quest by a demented Indian trader -played by Dean Jagger in a way that seems to be a conscious tip of the hat to Hank Worden's performance in a similar role in The Searchers .The mission proves a fraught one -they are tortured by bandits ,encounter renegades and endure Indian raids en route to finding the people they seek

The men undergo personality changes as the trek unfolds ,with the previously peaceable Kennedy displaying a new found relish for the killing fields and events build to a personal confrontation between the two men Performances are superlative ,the script by Charles Marquis Warren and Eric Bercovi is pointed and candid .Jerry Thorpe directs capably if somewhat anonymously

This was designed for TV but wisely was given a cinema release .I urge all western lovers to see it


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