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The Lone Gun (1954)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 25 April 1954 (USA)
In Texas, drifter Cruze becomes the marshal of the town of Marlpine but he must face the murderous Moran brothers alone when the scared town refuses to back him up.


Ray Nazarro


Don Martin (screenplay), Richard Schayer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
George Montgomery ... Cruze
Dorothy Malone ... Charlotte Downing
Frank Faylen ... Fairweather
Neville Brand ... Tray Moran
Skip Homeier ... Cass Downing
Douglas Kennedy ... Gad Moran
Douglas Fowley ... Bartender
Fay Roope Fay Roope ... Mayor Booth
Robert J. Wilke ... Hort Moran (as Robert Wilke)


Cruze arrives in town and when he stands up to the three Moran brothers, he gets appointed Marshal. First the brothers kill a rancher while framing another man. But when the jailer is murdered, Cruze gets evidence the Morans did it. He tries to raise a posse to chase them down but the townsmen refuse to go. So he rides off by himself to face the three of them. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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They threw him a badge...a belt-full of bullets...and the toughest clean-up job in the West !


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

25 April 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Adios, My Texas See more »

Filming Locations:

Hollywood, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


In Uruguay, as other countries in Latin America, this film was released in black and white. See more »


As Cruze is riding back with one of the outlaws, he's arrested; tracks of a large earth-moving vehicle are visible at the bottom of the frame in one shot. Such vehicles didn't exist in the days of the Old West. See more »


Fairweather: Care to deal?
Cass Downing: Doesn't matter.
Fairweather: Oh, but it does. No matter what happens - war or peace, boom or slump - it's always important who deals. Cut.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits: The history of any frontier region . . . such as the great expanses of the new State of Texas . . . . offered many examples of the strange way in which a few men of great evil could dominate whole communities of well-meaning, but passive citizens . . .

. . . And examples, too, of men of a different breed . . . men who rode out alone for law and order, with badges on their vests and handcuffs in their pockets . . . playing a lone gun against great odds. See more »


Referenced in Ljuset från Lund (1955) See more »

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Nothing extraordinary yet done quite well.
29 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Cruze--George Montgomery Moran brothers Dorothy Malone--Charlotte

"The Lone Gun" has many familiar story elements. If you've seen a bunch of westerns, you've pretty much seen what will happen here. However, although the film has a lot of familiar film clichés, it is very well done, simple and enjoyable.

George Montgomery plays Cruze--a newcomer in town. Soon after his arrival, he has a run-in with some real creeps--the three Moran brothers. After beating the snot out of all three, the Mayor is so impressed that he offers Cruze the badge. Cruze is hesitant--he's done sheriff work before and was sick of the lack of support from the 'good citizens'.

Cruze's first business if dealing with his friend, the gambler, Fairweather (Frank Faylen). It seems that Fairweather's luck is too good and he's created a lot of enemies. But the Sheriff doesn't arrest him, as they are friends of sorts. His next order of business is looking into reports of cattle rustling. Not surprisingly, the Morans are implicated. However, after the Morans try to kill the Sheriff, break jail and commit some murders, the folks in town are quick to believe the scum-bag bartender (who is in league with the Morans) and refuse to join in on a posse. So, it's up to Cruze to take on all three--and hopefully rescue their prisoner, Fairweather.

A group of bad brothers harassing a town is familiar as is a town of cowards. But Marshall is so good in the lead and the meanest Moran (Neville Brand) is excellent as well that I was able to look past the familiarity of the film.

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