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Five Guns West (1955)

Passed | | Western | 15 April 1955 (USA)
Shalee Jethro (Dorothy Malone) helps her father run a desert stagecoach station. Five desperate outlaws arrive at the station to await a gold shipment they plan to rob, and Shalee becomes ... See full summary »

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Roger Corman

Writer:

R. Wright Campbell (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Lund ... Govern Sturges
Dorothy Malone ... Shalee
Mike Connors ... Hale Clinton (as Touch Connors)
R. Wright Campbell ... John Morgan Candy (as Bob Campbell)
Jonathan Haze ... William Parcell 'Billy' Candy (as Jonothon Haze)
Paul Birch ... J.C. Haggard
James Stone James Stone ... Uncle Mike
Jack Ingram ... Stephan Jethro
Larry Thor Larry Thor ... Confederate Captain
Jack Bohrer Jack Bohrer
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Hoagie (as Boyd Morgan)
Lionel C. Place Lionel C. Place ... (as Lionel Place)
William Taylor William Taylor
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Storyline

Shalee Jethro (Dorothy Malone) helps her father run a desert stagecoach station. Five desperate outlaws arrive at the station to await a gold shipment they plan to rob, and Shalee becomes their hostage bait in several ways, and then the men begin to fight among themselves. four of them attack her but she is saved by Govern Sturges (John Lund), who also turns out to be a Confederate officer planted among the gang. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Taglines:

GUNS, GOLD AND A GIRL! (original print ad-all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Ружей На Запад See more »

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Budget:

$60,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Palo Alto Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.00 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Made it's New York TV debut 14 September 1956 on WCBS (Channel 2). See more »

Goofs

When Touch grabs the gun from the uncle at the ranch the wall he leans on moves a few inches showing its a flimsy set. See more »

Quotes

Govern Sturges: Don't string out. Indians like to pick off the last man.
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Featured in The Directors: The Films of Roger Corman (1999) See more »

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Considering its minuscule budget, it's not so bad.
8 April 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

As I watched this Roger Corman production, I could see that westerns were not his forte. While this is a very good film considering it's tiny budget, it's really not that great a film. However, for cinemaniacs like myself, it's still well worth seeing to see what Corman could do with only $60,000. And, in light of the money spent, it's a decent picture. How did he manage to do it with so little money? You get a couple B-list stars (John Lund and Dorothy Malone) and a bunch of unknowns (including Mike Connors well before be gained stardom). And, you use very simple sets--in this case, just a few western buildings.

The plot is VERY reminiscent of the later film, "The Dirty Dozen"--but in this case it involves just five misfits who are given a choice--go on a mission for the Confederacy or have their sentences carried out immediately. The two youngest are clearly psychos, the gambler is a sociopath (Connors), there's a grizzled older man who is a bit of a cypher and a seemingly nice guy (Lund) who is quite out of place. Their job is to ambush a stagecoach carrying gold and use it to fund the South in the Civil War--but as the film progresses, it seems pretty obvious that several of them have no intention of giving up the gold. And, when they arrive at their destination, they find they are early and the two young sociopaths are mostly concerned with raping a lady at the stage office (Malone) and it's up to Lund to keep these creeps in check. What happens next? See the film.

The acting is fair, though it was hard for me to see Lund as a heroic type. He just didn't have the macho persona you'd expect and I kept thinking of him as the greasy sharpie from the "My Friend Irma" films! But he was game and a professional. As for the rest, they were also decent. The film does NOT have the ultra-cheap look of Corman's more notorious horror films (like "Wasp Woman" or "Little Shop of Horrors") but it still isn't great by any means. Watchable and mildly interesting, that's about all I can say for it. But, considering I've seen tons of Corman's films as well as a recent biography/filmography of the guy, it was worth my time. As for you, it's at best a time-passer.

A low point in the film is the guy running and yelling "I'll get 'em!" and getting shot. This scene made absolutely no sense whatsoever and seemed to just be an excuse to wipe out one of the baddies!


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