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Gun Belt (1953)

Approved | | Western | 24 July 1953 (USA)
Outlaw Matt Ringo escapes prison and wants to co-opt his former outlaw brother Billy into robbing a Wells Fargo money shipment, but Billy has gone straight, the town Marshal is Wyatt Earp, and the Clinton gang wants in on the deal.

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Ray Nazarro

Writers:

Jack DeWitt (screenplay), Arthur E. Orloff (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Montgomery ... Billy Ringo
Tab Hunter ... Chip Ringo
Helen Westcott ... Arlene Reach
John Dehner ... Matt Ringo
William Bishop ... Ike Clinton
Jack Elam ... Rusty Kolloway
Douglas Kennedy ... Mel Dixon
James Millican ... Wyatt Earp
Hugh Sanders ... Douglas Frazer
Bruce Cowling ... Virgil Earp
Joe Haworth Joe Haworth ... Hoke
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Curley
Willis Bouchey ... Endicott
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Texas Jack
Boyd Stockman ... Turkey Creek
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Storyline

Gunfighter Billy Ringo decides to hang up his guns, buy a ranch and marry Arlene Reach. His brother Matt, father of Chip, the nephew Ringo is trying to keep on the straight and narrow, with three other outlaws, Dixon, Hollaway, and Hoke, frame Ringo into pulling a bank robbery with them. Pretending to side with them, after accidentally killing Matt, Ringo informs Marshal Wyatt Earp of their plan to rob a Wells Fargo express wagon. A gunfight ensues at the robbery and the three outlaws are killed and Ike Clinton, the ringleader, is turned over to Marshal Earp by Ringo. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE GIRL...She was all the women who ever faced terror for their men! (original poster) See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tombstone Express See more »

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Production Co:

Global Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Hoke: Anybody can die in bed.
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Referenced in Ljuset från Lund (1955) See more »

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the ringo brothers take on Wyatt Earp
15 March 2006 | by dougbrodeSee all my reviews

Those of us who love B westerns constantly come up with undiscovered gems from the 1950s. This isn't one of them. Gun Belt may be the least impressive of any Wyatt Earp western ever made, though in fact he's seen only in a supporting role, with a bit of historicity in that he's portrayed as deputy to his brother Virgil, which was actually the case. Nothing else about the film 'gets it right,' though - George Montgomery plays Billy (not John or Jim) Ringo, with Tab Hunter as his younger brother, "Kid Ringo." For reasons I can't imagine, they changed the name of Ike Clanton to Ike Clinton! If there's one interesting thing here, it's that some oft overlooked characters - Turkey Creek Jack Johnson,Curly Bill Brocious, and Texas Jack Vermillion - are on hand, the terrific TOMBSTONE the only other film to give them decent screen time. You may recognize the female lead, Helen Westcott, from the similarly titled Ringo movie GUNFIGHTER - though that was one of the greatest of all westerns. This one has corny dialogue, unbelievable plotting, and weak acting, particularly by Hunter, who couldn't deliver a line competently if the survival of the world depended on it. Even the vistas don't look so bright. Here's one that even die-hard western buffs can skip.


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