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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 appears to be riding Pie, the horse ridden by James Stewart in 17 films. See more »

Quotes

Bartender: I've seen a man take two drinks of that stuff and go out and hunt bear with a willow switch.
Reb Kittredge: What did he want the switch for?
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Soundtracks

True Love Is Hard to Find
Written by Frederick Herbert and Arnold Schwarzwald (as Arnold Hughes)
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formulas western with creative twist
9 May 2007 | by drystyxSee all my reviews

Like most westerns between 1945 and 1985, the hero begins as an outlaw. I always called this Saul/Paul syndrome. Americans love a bad guy gone good better than anything. That said, this formula western had a creative twist a lot of people who enjoyed the movie never noticed. It may be the only Western ever where the lead character chickened out of fistfights and still held his dignity. In this movie, Audie Murphy plays a man who has virtually one skill-gunmanship. He is not a champion boxer, fighter, cowhand; he can do one thing good, and he is thinking about his future. In fact, his character is much like what the later anti hero of the seventies strived to be. That said, this is a very action packed interesting movie, with bad guys, wise guys, and good direction.


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