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Man with the Gun (1955)

Approved | | Western | 5 November 1955 (USA)
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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Clint Tollinger
... Nelly Bain
... Stella Atkins
... Marshal Lee Sims
... Saul Atkins
... Jeff Castle
... Ann Wakefield
... 'Frenchy' Lescaux (as Ted DeCorsia)
... Ed Pinchot
... Mr. Zender
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A stranger comes to town looking for his estranged wife. He finds her running the local girls. He also finds a town and sheriff afraid of their own shadow, scared of a landowner they never see who rules through his rowdy sidekicks. The stranger is a town tamer by trade, and he accepts a $500 commission to sort things out. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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He had posted his challenge and now, as always, he stood alone, ...waiting for the violence it would loose! See more »

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5 November 1955 (USA)  »

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The Deadly Peacemaker  »

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$1,800,000, 31 December 1955
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Film debut of Amzie Strickland. See more »

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As Nelly is running after Tollinger, just after telling him what happened to their daughter, she yells one line which doesn't match the movement of her lips. See more »

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Stella Atkins: But then you're not a marshal or a sheriff.
Jeff Castle: He's a town-tamer.
Clint Tollinger: The difference is there are no rules in my end of the business except maybe one - never stay in one town too long.
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Featured in The Nostradamus Kid (1993) See more »

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Mitchum's character is great...the rest of them, however, make little sense.
30 January 2017 | by See all my reviews

Robert Mitchum is excellent in this film...so much so you wish he'd made more westerns. However, it's not among his most famous films because of the poor writing. Apart from Mitchum's character, most of the rest of the folks in the movie simply make little sense.

When the story begins, a town is being controlled by a guy intent on having his own way. He has a gang of gunmen and uses intimidation and a very weak sheriff to make the townsfolk tow the line. However, when a so-called 'town tamer' (Mitchum) comes to this crappy town, he offers to rid the town of lawlessness...provided they leave it entirely to him and don't question his methods. Surprisingly, this did NOT mean the guy running roughshod over the people's rights. Instead, he acted very deliberately to strategically rid the town of the menace.

What annoyed me so much about the film were the other characters. The town fathers almost constantly questioned the town tamer's methods and almost immediately started trying to undermine him. Why? I have no idea. And, there's one guy in town who has guts...then why does he have to ALWAYS run around half-cocked and creating trouble for himself?! And, why is there a hooker with a heart of gold (a bad cliché, I know) who loves the town tamer yet inexplicably does everything she can to drive him away from her. None of it makes sense and it's a darn shame since Mitchum is great in this one.

By the way, keep a close eye on the 'ladies of ill repute' in the film. One of them is Angie Dickenson in a pre-star role and you have to look carefully to see her.


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