6.0/10
841
18 user 12 critic

The Stranger Wore a Gun (1953)

Approved | | War , Western | 1953 (UK)
A former spy moves to Arizona to join a gold robbery, but when he gets there decides that it's not for him and tries to change his life.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre De Toth)

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (screenplay), John W. Cunningham (based upon"Yankee Gold" by) (as John M. Cunningham)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

ON DISC

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A private deadly feud ensues when ruthless wealthy rancher Will Isham attempts a takeover of small rancher Owen Merritt's land and marries Owen's old flame, Laure Bidwell.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Joan Leslie, Ellen Drew
War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Major Lex Kearney becomes the North's first counterespionage agent as he tries to discover who's behind the theft of Union cavalry horses in Colorado during the Civil War.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Gary Cooper, Phyllis Thaxter, David Brian
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A Confederate Major and his troops are falsely led to believe the Civil War is not over, and become wanted men after they attack a Union Army wagon train in Nevada.

Director: Roy Huggins
Stars: Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, Claude Jarman Jr.
Santa Fe (1951)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After their service in the Civil War, four brothers go their separate ways, but later find themselves on opposite sides of a final showdown.

Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Randolph Scott, Janis Carter, Jerome Courtland
Albuquerque (1948)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Cole Armin, recruited by his corrupt uncle as heir apparent to his freight-hauling empire, defects to his honest rival.

Director: Ray Enright
Stars: Randolph Scott, Barbara Britton, George 'Gabby' Hayes
Action | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A bounty hunter, hired by Pinkerton, trails 3 unknown murderous train robbers to a town and finds a host of suspects.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Dolores Dorn, Marie Windsor
Distant Drums (1951)
Action | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

After destroying a Seminole fort, American soldiers and their rescued companions must face the dangerous Everglades and hostile Indians in order to reach safety.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Gary Cooper, Mari Aldon, Richard Webb
Carson City (1952)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

When a banker finds his stagecoach shipments of gold from Carson City are vulnerable to holdups, he commissions the building of a railroad through the mountains.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Lucille Norman, Raymond Massey
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a stagecoach guard tries to warn a town of an imminent raid by a band of outlaws, the people mistake him for one of the gang

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Wayne Morris, Joan Weldon
Romance | War | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In Post-Bellum Texas, an army captain tries to keep the peace between overtaxed, impoverished farmers and greedy carpetbaggers.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Randolph Scott, Lex Barker, Phyllis Kirk
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

When his ward seeks protection with rival cattleman John Stewart, embittered, jealous rancher Wick Campbell hires ten outlaws to help him seize power in the territory.

Director: H. Bruce Humberstone
Stars: Randolph Scott, Jocelyn Brando, Richard Boone
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a notorious tough 'town tamer' is hired by the citizenry to rid of the gunmen driving them off their land, he finds the local saloon madam to be an old friend.

Director: Richard Wilson
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Jeff Travis
Claire Trevor ... Josie Sullivan
Joan Weldon ... Shelby Conroy
George Macready ... Jules Mourret
Alfonso Bedoya ... Degas
Lee Marvin ... Dan Kurth
Ernest Borgnine ... Bull Slager
Pierre Watkin ... Jason Conroy
Joseph Vitale ... Shorty
Clem Bevans ... Jim Martin
Edit

Storyline

Having been a spy for Quantrill's raiders during the Civil War, Jeff Travis thinking himself a wanted man, flees to Prescott Arizona where he runs into Jules Mourret who knows of his past. He takes a job on the stage line that Mourret is trying to steal gold from. When Mourret's men kill a friend of his he sets out to get Mourret and his men. When his plan to have another gang get Mourret fails, he has to go after them himself. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

THE SCREEN'S GREATEST OUTDOOR STAR (original poster-all caps) See more »

Genres:

War | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1953 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I Ride Alone See more »

Edit

Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,600,000, 31 December 1953
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Originally photographed in 3-D, but often only exhibited in flat prints after its initial first and second run engagements. See more »

Goofs

When Travis arrives in Prescott, power lines are visible in the background. See more »

Quotes

Shelby Conroy: This town is a disgrace to everyone in it.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Fifties (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh Dem Golden Slippers
(uncredited)
Written by James Allen Bland
Heard as a theme
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Borgnine dressed as a dude
8 April 2006 | by krorieSee all my reviews

Having been shot in 3-D, expect a lot of guns to be pointed at you and sometimes shot, fire coming at the camera, and even rock formations in Lone Pine to appear to have shelves. Outside of this minor distraction, the story is a good one concerning the aftermath of Quantrill's Raiders involving one of his spies, Jeff Travis (Randy Scott), who is determined to run away from his past and begin a new life. Following a fracas on a riverboat, he ends up in Prescott, Arizona, just as the capital of the territory is being moved to Phoenix because of the lack of law and order in the town. Somewhat of a mentor to him as well as lover is the soiled dove Josie Sullivan, played knowingly by Claire Trevor. He rides into Prescott loaded for bear, hence the title "The Stranger Wore a Gun." That he can't shake his past even in an out of the way western hamlet becomes obvious when both Josie and Jules Mourret (George Macready), another ghost from yesterday, turn up there. It's not quite clear where the stranger is heading until a close pal is murdered by Jules' henchmen. To muddy the water a damsel in distress appears, pretty Shelby Conroy (Joan Weldon), who seems shy and innocent. The stranger begins falling in love with her to the displeasure of Josie. Newcomer Jules is holding a Mexican gang at bay led by the colorful Degas (Alfonso Bedoya). The stranger begins playing one gang against the other to almost be gunned down in the crossfire.

Two of Jules' henchmen would go on to win Academy Awards a few years later, Lee Marvin as Dan Kurth and Ernest Borgnine as Bull Slager. Borgnine wears one of the loudest cowboy outfits ever, including a green shirt. He looks like a dude from the east. This doesn't stop him from being the sadistic bully he usually played in those days. Marvin too is his usual twisted demented character fans loved to hate. To see these two in action is worth the price of admission.

Postscript: Look for Tap Canutt, son of famous stunt man Yakima Canutt, in a bit part. He was also one of the stunt men for the film.


13 of 17 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 18 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed