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Gunsmoke (1953)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 4 May 1953 (USA)
A young gunslinger 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

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Roughshod 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 »

Goofs

At one point, Cora Dufrayne (Telford's girlfriend) is trying to seduce gunslinging anti-hero Reb Kittridge. And, when he mentions having been driven out of Arizona, New Mexico, and Wyoming, she replies: "You're running out of states." Wyoming, however, did not gain statehood until 1890. While Arizona and New Mexico remained territories until 1912. See more »

Quotes

Cora Dufrayne: Say when.
Reb Kittredge: Pour until your fingers get wet.
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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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I never did like to shoot my friends.
25 March 2012 | by hitchcockthelegendSee all my reviews

Gunsmoke is directed by Nathan Juran and adapted to screenplay by D.D. Beauchamp from the novel Roughshod written by Norman A. Fox. It stars Audie Murphy, Susan Cabot and Paul Kelly. Music is supervised by Joseph Gershenson and cinematography by Charles P. Boyle.

A safe recommendation to Western fans who just want to be entertained by an Audie Murphy picture of no pretensions. Nicely filmed out of Big Bear Valley, San Bernardino National Forest, it's an unassuming film that follows familiar B Western plotting. Bad guy has reform in him and finds it when he ends up fighting for the underdog and falling in love with the daughter of said underdog. Characters are well defined, pace is brisk and the action is well constructed by Juran (latterly 7th Voyage of Sinbad/Jack the Giant Killer). Enjoy the shoot-outs, the cattle drive, the wagon down the hill sequence (those stunt workers rock!), and get on board with the devilishly handsome Murphy and the heart achingly sexy Cabot (check out how she carries off a red number during one scene as she gets the boys all hot and bothered).

It's not original and it doesn't bring any psychological smarts to the narrative, but it plays the clichés well and all involved deliver a professional and good looking picture. 7/10


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