The Rebel: Season 1, Episode 12

Gun City (27 Dec. 1959)

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Yuma arrives in a town in which the local editor checks guns and, when he checks Johnny's, one is discovered missing. It is learned Ted Keller has taken the gun to settle a perceived injustice to his father.

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Episode cast overview:
Nick Adams ...
Dan Sheridan ...
Walt Ashby
Thomas Browne Henry ...
Maddox (as Tom Browne Henry)
Ralph Reed ...
Ted Keller
Owen Cunningham ...
MacDonald
George Becwar ...
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Ben Tully
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Yuma arrives in a town in which the local editor checks guns and, when he checks Johnny's, one is discovered missing. It is learned Ted Keller has taken the gun to settle a perceived injustice to his father.

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Maddox - Town Councilman: You're lookin' at this wrong. If you want that gun just sit tight.
Walt Ashby: What do you mean?
Maddox - Town Councilman: I mean somebody's got it and he intends to use it real soon. Well, figure it out! A man don't take a gun unless he needs it. Maybe he'll wait until it gets dark - and remember this... he's got the only gun in town.
MacDonald - Town Councilman: In the country of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
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"When Guns Are Outlawed..........", etc.
15 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

SANDWICHED IN BETWEEN so many other Western episodes, which can honestly be categorized as being rather ordinary is this little curio. Bearing both a strong "message" (propoganda, brainwashing-take your pick)along with a truly rare appearance by a screen veteran, appearing against type, this episode of THE REBEL, "Gun City", deserves a high dose of close scrutiny.

FIRST OF ALL,we have a rare guest shot done by one Otto Kruger.* Versatile, stage trained and most competent, Mr.Kruger had long portrayed intelligent and competent men; be they of good will as the movie producer in VALENTINO (1950) or the 'Brains Heavy' like Jules Anthor in MURDER MY SWEET (RKO,1944).

IN WHAT MUST be described as a complete departure from the norm, we find the usual suave and debonair (swave & debonner for our friends) Mr. Kruger portraying an American rural rustic type. He has affected accent an mannerisms that we can only define as "Walter Brennan-esque"; and we took some time in being able to recognize this characterization as being his.

ALL OF THAT positive business being dealt with, let us now proceed to dispatch the rest of this with the most haste.

IN SHORT, WE find Johnny Yuma (Nick Adams) arriving in town and engaging in deeply solemn conversation with elderly clerk-newspaper editor (Otto Kruger) who explains that years ago he had started the practice of checking (on an apparently permanent basis)all of ones firearms. Participints just hang their gun belts on named and numbered hooks in Otto's back room.

AS OUR HERO, Johnny Yuma arranges to comply at least temporarily, they discover that one gun is missing.Someone has taken one out and thus has threatened the peace of the community. In a swift reaction to this "crisis", a group of town elders also check out their guns. After a series of shooting crises and the obligatory blaming the trouble on Johnny, peace is restored. Yuma rides out of town and on to his next confrontation in the following week's edition.

FROM THE OUTSET,it was obvious to us that whoever penned this story is a person of deep thought, high ideals and deep concern for their fellow man. He is also absolutely devoid of any of that God-given commodity known as "Common Sense".

WE HEAR LINES that echo the sentiments of the production team which are filled with words as "safer", "no need for guns" and a sort of "everlasting peace"; all coming in conversation concerning no need for weapons in a gun free society.

THAT WE CAN have a more peaceful society by removing all firearms from our people (save police & military) is is as absurd as thinking that we could promote swimming,boating and general water safety by confiscating all lifesavers,except those in possession of properly certified and professional Lifeguards.

THERE IS AN uncanny parallel between the ideas advocated by our "Guh Grabbers" (be it in the mid 20th Century or present) and all of those who had advocated and got passed into law what we call "PROHIBITION". Both ideas are Utopian in nature and, oddly enough, produce results that are in direst conflict with what they promise.

IN THE CASE OF the 19th Ammendmebt ad the Volsted Act, we had more irresponsible drunks and drinkers than ever before. As a by product, instead of "Temperence", we were presented with the phenomenon of Organized Crime. "Gun Control" delivers us not from threats and incidents of "gun violence"; but rather leaves the law abiding among us in the figurative position of being "Lambs to the Slaughter."

THIS PARTICULAR EPISODE of THE REBEL: "Gun City" could have examined both sides of what are the intended and unintended consequences of nullifying the 2nd Amendment of our Constitution. They chose only the touchy-feely, "Politically Correct" side of things.

NOTE:* It's not that we're saying that Otto Kruger didn't do any television, for we do remember him as being host of LUX Hollywood THEATRE (NBC); which was an extension of the Radio Show once hosted by Cecil B. DeMille.


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