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Gun the Man Down (1956)

Approved | | Western | 15 November 1956 (USA)
Two bank robbers abandon their wounded partner to the posse and run with the loot but their partner, after serving time in prison, seeks revenge.

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Andrew V. McLaglen

Writers:

Sam Freedle (story by) (as Sam C. Freedle), Burt Kennedy (screenplay by)
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Cast

Cast overview:
James Arness ... Remington 'Rem' Anderson
Emile Meyer ... Sheriff Morton
Robert J. Wilke ... Matt Rankin (as Robert Wilke)
Harry Carey Jr. ... Deputy Lee
Don Megowan ... Ralph Farley
Michael Emmet Michael Emmet ... Billy Deal
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Hotel Man (as Gonzalez Gonzalez)
Angie Dickinson ... Janice
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Three outlaw buddies rob a bank, but one of them is wounded. His two partners and his girlfriend take his share of the loot and run off, leaving him to be captured by the sheriff. Years later, after he gets out of prison, he goes in search of his double-crossing partners and his faithless girlfriend. He finds them in a semi-deserted, run-down town, but instead of killing them right away, he decides to play cat-and-mouse with them first. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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"Gun the Man Down" - the word went out! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arizona Mission See more »

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Production Co:

Batjac Productions See more »
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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Shot in nine days. See more »

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(at around 45 mins) There is a power pole complete with transformer visible in the background. See more »

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Unexpectedly Good B-Western
18 January 2011 | by ksneathSee all my reviews

This little B-Western with James Arness in one of his last non-Gunsmoke starring roles seems to have been heretofore almost forgotten, judging by the lack of ratings and reviews here. I recently happened upon it on Netflix and decided to give it a try. While perhaps not deserving of a spot among the great westerns, it surprised me because it was truly quite good and deserves more attention than it's received.

The plot, in short, involves Arness as one of three men who decide to hold up a bank. Arness is injured in the robbery, and subsequently left behind by his compatriots and, reluctantly, by his girl as well (Angie Dickinson, looking radiant in her first billable role). After being caught, convicted, and serving time for his part in the hold-up, he goes seeking his "friends" and his girl, bent on revenge.

The biggest thing that struck me about this little "BATJAC" western was the steady, deliberate pacing of the story and the focus on characters more so than on shoot-em-up, chase-em-down action. There's more tension than action (in fact, one could legitimately call it a suspense film), and I appreciated the refreshing change of pace from most B westerns (or westerns in general, for that matter). Besides, at a slim 74 minutes, it simply can't drag on forever.

This is a very thoughtful western in many respects. Characters are given much more life than you might expect. In particular, we see some interesting interaction between Sheriff Morton (Emile Meyer) and his deputy (Harry Carey, Jr.). The sheriff, who obviously is well past his gunslinging years, handles violence in his town sagely, keeping a close watch on events, while not putting himself in a position where his age would certainly compromise his life or his ability to do his job.

Again, it's not a perfect movie, but I was quite pleasantly surprised, and it's probably one of the best b-westerns I've seen. I recommend it.


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