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At Gunpoint (1955)

Approved | | Western | 25 December 1955 (USA)
The peace-loving owner of a general store, who became a town hero when he luckily killed the leader of a gang of bank robbers, is deserted by the townspeople who fear the threatened return of the vengeful bandits.

Director:

Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker)

Writer:

Daniel B. Ullman (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Jack Wright
Dorothy Malone ... Martha Wright
Walter Brennan ... Doc Lacy
Tommy Rettig ... Billy Wright
Skip Homeier ... Bob Dennis
John Qualen ... Livingstone
Whit Bissell ... Clem Clark
Irving Bacon ... Al Ferguson
Jack Lambert ... Kirk
John Pickard ... Alvin Dennis
James Griffith ... The Stranger (Bob Alexander)
Harry Shannon ... Marshal MacKay
Frank Ferguson ... Marshal George Henderson
James O'Hara ... Wally (as James Lilburn)
Harry Lauter ... Federal Marshal
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Storyline

The Dennis gang wants to rob the bank of the sleepy peaceful town of Plainview, Texas. Small town banks like this one have less money than large city banks but they're easy prey. Barlow, the gang's contact in town, assures them that Plainview only has an old marshal, Pete MacKay, who shouldn't pose any problem. The gang heads to Plainview. In town, storekeeper Jack Wright runs his store with wife Martha and brother-in-law Wally. Marshal MacKay and doctor Lacey are playing chess inside the store. Jack Wright makes his daily deposit at the bank and then returns to the store. The Dennis gang arrives and robs the bank, killing a teller and the alerted marshal. In the street, storekeeper Jack Wright picks the dead marshal's gun up and shoots fleeing robber Alvin Dennis, from a great distance. Townsman George Henderson finishes Alvin off with a shotgun. The bandit drops the loot and the bank recovers it. The townsfolk proclaim Jack Wright and George Henderson to be heroes. Storekeeper Jack ... Written by nufs68

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STARTLING as looking down the barrel of a loaded gun! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gun Point See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Joel McCrea was originally cast as Jack Wright. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[Bob Dennis is practicing aiming and firing his gun]
Alvin Dennis: You're sure itchin' to use that thing again, ain't ya?
Bob Dennis: Never hurts to be ready.
Alvin Dennis: You're always ready. Put it away.
Bob Dennis: You're nervous, huh?
Alvin Dennis: Yeah, well, I wouldn't be if it wasn't for you.
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T'Would Be Better With the Subtext Left in the Subtext
3 May 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

AT GUNPOINT is a typical Allied Artist B+ western: top lead actors (Fred MacMurray, Dorothy Malone, Walter Brennan), good direction and camerawork, ambitious if overwrought score by Carmen Dragon and a spotty script by Daniel Ullman -- great situations and scenes, some awful dialogue.

When some bank robbers hit a small town, storekeeper Fred MacMurray picks up a gun and squeezes off a shot -- and by a miracle brings down a bad guy a half mile away. Hurray! But the dead man's brother wants his vengeance.... and keeps killing the wrong man, resulting in the town turning against its former hero.

Westerns are among the oldest of film genres, and along the way they accumulated so much baggage that they became symbolic fiction, like science fiction and fantasy (which has largely replaced them in the cinema). This movie has a strong political message, which it delivers, ultimately, overtly. This weakens it. A better western with political commentary, like HIGH NOON, could leave its subtext in the subtext. Still, for fans of B westerns, it's a lot of fun to see some money spent on a favored form of fun.


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