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Gunsmoke (1953)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 4 May 1953 (USA)
A young gun slinger tries to help a rancher and his daughter, save their land and cattle from an evil, wealthy land owner.

Director:

Nathan Juran

Writers:

D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay), Norman A. Fox (novel) (as Norman A.Fox)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Audie Murphy ... Reb Kittredge
Susan Cabot ... Rita Saxon
Paul Kelly ... Dan Saxon
Charles Drake ... Johnny Lake
Mary Castle ... Cora Dufrayne
Jack Kelly ... Curly Mather
Jesse White ... Professor
Donald Randolph Donald Randolph ... Matt Telford
William Reynolds ... Brazos
Chubby Johnson ... Doc Farrell
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Philo McCullough ... Abner Sneed (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Kittridge is hired by the villains but turns to defend the rancher Saxon after learning the true situation. Kittridge wins Saxon's ranch with a cut of the cards but Saxon has other reasons for deliberately losing the gamble. Telford and Lake try everything from bushwhacking to setting a wildfire to stop the Saxon/Kittridge herd of cattle from reaching the railhead. Written by Carol Johnson <crj1@cornell.edu>

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Hired Gunslinger In A Lawless Land!

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Man's Country See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Audie Murphy was forced to submit to a complete above the waistline body wax for his shirtless sequence. See more »

Quotes

Reb Kittredge: Are you in love with Curly?
Rita: He wants to marry me.
Reb Kittredge: That's not what I asked you.
Rita: I don't know why that would interest you.
Reb Kittredge: I don't want to stake my claim on range that's already taken up.
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Soundtracks

Drinks Are On the House
(uncredited)
Music by Milton Rosen
Lyrics by Everett Carter
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Extremely well done, from dialogue to acting to directing and photography
30 October 2017 | by Michael MorrisonSee all my reviews

Superlative cast given great dialogue in good story and well directed and photographed in turn give us a thoroughly admirable and enjoyable movie.

Despite my interest, I had never even heard of this excellent Audie Murphy movie until accidentally seeing the listing at YouTube.

Murphy is backed by another Irishman, the veteran and extremely talented Paul Kelly. The leading lady, Susan Cabot, is someone of whom I knew nothing until reading the IMDb bio. Now I see that she had a very unhappy life, which ended young and tragically.

The only complaint I have about "Gunsmoke" is that Susan Cabot, despite being beautiful and talented, was outrageously padded, apparently a frequent flaw in Hollywood pictures of this era. (Even pre Weinstein.)

Other players, including veteran Western performer Hank Mann who figured merely in the background, and the great Edmund Cobb, with a memorable windy stagecoach driver part, merely made this "Gunsmoke" even better.

Not knowing whom to credit for the excellent writing, that is, whether the dialogue is from the novel by Norman A. Fox or by the screenplay writer D.D. Beauchamp, I will merely again express my admiration.

Director Nathan Juran helmed beautifully, with no obtrusive gimmickry and a seamless progression of the action.

I highly recommend this "Gunsmoke," but if you look for it on YouTube, some knucklehead has it dated 1958 so hunt carefully. You'll be glad.


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