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The Man Behind the Gun (1953)

Approved | | Western | 31 January 1953 (USA)
An undercover government agent battles insurrectionists whose want Southern California to secede and become a slave state.

Director:

Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

Writers:

John Twist (screenplay), Robert Buckner (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Randolph Scott ... Major Ransome Callicut
Patrice Wymore ... Lora Roberts
Dick Wesson ... Sgt. 'Monk' Walker
Philip Carey ... Capt. Roy Giles
Lina Romay ... Chona Degnon
Roy Roberts ... Sen. Mark Sheldon
Morris Ankrum ... Bram Creegan
Katherine Warren ... Phoebe Sheldon (as Katharine Warren)
Alan Hale Jr. ... Cpl. Olaf Swenson
Douglas Fowley ... Buckley
Anthony Caruso ... Vic Sutro (as Tony Caruso)
Clancy Cooper ... 'Kansas' Collins
Robert Cabal ... Joaquin Murietta
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Storyline

Posing as a schoolteacher, undercover government agent Ransome Callicut arrives in 1850's California to gather intelligence about an insurrectionist plot to have the southern part of the state secede to become a slave state. When he discovers a hidden cache of weapons, he reveals his true identity and assumes command of the local army post. Aided by sidekicks Monk Walker and Olaf Swenson he battles political assassination and other intrigues to unmask the ringleader of the plot and keep the Golden State in the Union. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Taglines:

An Easy-Going Gent with Deadly Guns...and a Reputation to Match!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man with a Gun See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

The film is set in 1850s. Most, if not all, of the firearms employed in the film post-date the American Civil War (1861-1865). Examples include Colt Single-Action Army revolvers and various lever-action rifles that first appear in the 1870s. See more »

Quotes

Major Ransome Callicut: I'll get Creegan. I'll chop off the head of the scorpion; then the legs won't be able to crawl.
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Features Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951) See more »

Soundtracks

Some Sunday Morning
(uncredited)
Music by M.K. Jerome and Ray Heindorf
Lyrics by Ted Koehler
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L.A. Confidential
27 January 2010 | by FightingWesternerSee all my reviews

Supposed killer and Army deserter Randolph Scott heads to Los Angeles sometime before the Civil War. Posing as a schoolteacher who can't shoot straight, he gets knee-deep in some intrigue involving a group of separatists, the assassination of a US senator, and their attempts to split California into free and slave states.

Costumes and sets are lavish and there's lots of great old-California atmosphere. However, The Man Behind The Gun is disappointingly routine. It's really too bad, because this is really one handsome production!

The actors are game and some of their characters are quite colorful. The filmmakers should have pumped a little more action and suspense into the script, or trimmed the final product to about an hour.


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