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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)
Pilar Pellicer ...
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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Two men on a desperate search to save a woman only one of them could have! See more »

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Western

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1 March 1968 (USA)  »

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Evil Gun  »

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(Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

R.G. Armstrong was originally cast as Sheriff Kelso, but he had to drop out because of another commitment. Lon Chaney Jr. was signed to replace him, but wasn't in shape to play the role. Ultimately Paul Fix played the small part (just one short scene). See more »

Goofs

Warfield jumps from standing to being mounted on his horse between shots. See more »

Quotes

Lorne Warfield: You ever kill a man?
Owen Forbes: Why?
Lorne Warfield: Well, suppose before this thing is over, you have to kill a few Indians?
Owen Forbes: I'll manage. It's not the same thing as men gunning each other down in the middle of the street.
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Connections

Referenced in El topo (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Wander With Me
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[theme reuses from the Twilight Zone's episode]
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Ford's best western since *3:10 to Yuma*
10 February 2001 | by (Providence, Rhode Island) – See all my reviews

Ford's performance as Warfield anticipated by nearly a decade the western anti-heroes of Sam Peckinpah. It is a gripping and surprisingly well-produced oater (considering its modest budget). It really succeeds in evoking the terror of man alone against the wilderness. The villains - of which there are a number - appear two-dimensional and even sympathetic; e.g., Captain Addis and his men, reduced by massacre and desertion, perform almost heroically in their desperation (watch for Harry Dean Stanton's understated role as a cavalry sergeant). The Apaches are seen as brutal, but no more so than their white enemies or the surrounding deserts and moutains, which are haughtingly evoked in this first-rate western. Highly recommended.


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