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Top Gun (1955)

Approved | | Western | 29 January 1956 (UK)
A gunslinger returns to his hometown to warn of an impending outlaw gang attack, but he's met with hatred and fear for his previous killings.

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Complete credited cast:
... Rick Martin
... Canby Judd
... Laura Mead (as Karen Booth)
... Marshal Bat Davis
... Jim O'Hara
... Ed Marsh
... Tom Quentin
... Lem Sutter
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Gunfighter Rick Martin returns to his hometown of Casper, Wyoming to learn of the fate of his mother and to warn the town of an impending raid by the Tom Quentin gang. The townspeople however reject him, afraid that his gunslinging past will cause new trouble. Rick learns that his mother did not die of illness but was murdered, and he comes to suspect the town's leading citizen -- a man now engaged to marry the woman Rick loves. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The film was released in 1955. Ironically the following cast members died over the next seven years: William Bishop (1918-59); James Millican (1910-59); John Cason (1918-62); Wheaton Chambers (1887-1958); Jack Kenney (I) (1902-61); Carl Mathews (1899-1959); Frank O'Connor (I) (1881-1959); William 'Bill' Phillips (1908-57). Granted that three of them were born between 1881-99, but the others were considerably young for even that time and none died in accidents. The following cast members died before reaching age 60: Hugh Sanders (I) (1911-66); Richard Reeves (I) (1912-67). See more »

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During the scene on the edge of town where Martin is about to be framed, you can clearly see a set of car headlights move across the mountain road in the background. See more »

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first half is "déjà vu", second half very good

Going through the first part of "Top Gun" you think you are seeing the same western you already saw for the millionth time. Even though the cinematography brings to mind "High Noon" , and it is fun to see a beginner, Rod Taylor, as a bad guy hiding his Australian accent, the film looks too "déjà vu" to be good. Karen Booth looks too old for the part she is playing. But the story of the gunfighter who returns and finds that the woman he loves is engaged to the bad guy is just too ran down. But about halfway through the film everything changes. When the bad guys with their leader Tom Quentin (John Dehner), come to take over the town, there is a great exchange of words between Quentin and Rick Martin (Hayden). There is also the incredibly two faced Canby Judd (William Bishop). And also some good shoot ups, and all this adds up to make "Top Gun" an enjoyable western.


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