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Gun Play (1935)

A cowboy comes to the aid of a lady rancher threatened by Mexican bandits who believe there is a treasure buried on her land.


Albert Herman (as Al Herman)


William L. Nolte (story) (as William Nolte)




Cast overview:
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Bill Williams (as Big Boy Williams)
Marion Shilling ... Madge Holt
Frank Yaconelli Frank Yaconelli ... Frank Gorman (as Frank Yacanelli)
Hal Taliaferro ... George Holt (as Wally Wales)
Charles K. French ... Old John Holt (as Charles French)
Tom London ... Meeker
Roger Williams ... Cal
Gordon Griffith ... Mark
Barney Beasley ... Pete
Dick Botiller ... General Tirado (as Dick Bottilier)
Julian Rivero ... Young Pedro (as Julian Revaro)


Intercepting Holt's mail, Meeker learns a gold treasure is somewhere on the Holt ranch and he sees the clue to its location. When he solves the puzzle he learns the treasure location can be found in the boots. But he earlier discarded the supposedly worthless boots and seeing Bill Williams now wearing them, he and his men go after Williams. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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In the 1940s Sack Amusement Enterprises re-released this film, but its posters mistakenly listed Sam Newfield as director instead of Albert Herman. See more »


Remade as Boots of Destiny (1937) See more »


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Written by Stephen Foster
Sung by Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams and Frank Yaconelli
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Map to the loot in the boot
22 August 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Way back at the turn of the last century some Mexican general who had his army like Villa, Zapata, and the rest of them did came across to the USA and before he died buried a whole lot of loot. He hid a map of his treasure, booty if you will, in the heel of some really nice looking boots before he died.

Fast forward and by some incredible means Guinn Williams becomes owner of said boots and foreman of the ranch that Marion Shilling owns and the treasure is buried. A greedy neighbor played by Tom London knows about the map in the boot and will stop at nothing to get a hold of the loot.

That about sums up Gun Play. In those early years Guinn Williams was a cowboy hero in these poverty row westerns. But someone saw he could play amiable lunkheads so much better. Occasionally Williams could be a serious villain like in the first version of The Glass Key with George Raft. But for myself I can't get used to seeing him as anything other than a doofus sidekick as he was to Errol Flynn in a few westerns.

There's nothing much really to recommend Gun Play, a poverty row western with few pretensions and some bad editing.

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1 December 1935 (USA) See more »

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Lucky Boots See more »

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