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Forty Guns (1957)

Approved | | Romance, Western | September 1957 (USA)
Showdown in Arizona between the Bonnell brothers, U.S.Marshals, and Jessica Drummond, the iron-fist rancher who controls the territory.

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Sheriff Ned Logan
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Brockie Drummond
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Chico Bonell
Jidge Carroll ...
Barney Cashman
Paul Dubov ...
Judge Macy
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Shotgun Spanger
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Marshal John Chisum
Neyle Morrow ...
Wiley
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Howard Swain
Chuck Hayward ...
Charlie Savage
Sandy Wirth ...
Chico's Girlfriend (as Sandra Wirth)
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An authoritarian rancher, Barbara Stanwyck, who rules an Arizona county with her private posse of hired guns. When a new marshall arrives to set things straight, the cattle queen finds herself falling, brutally for the avowedly non-violent lawman. Both have itchy-fingered brothers, a female gunmaker enters the picture, and things go desperately wrong. Written by Tamsin

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The Taming of the Arizona Territory !

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Romance | Western

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September 1957 (USA)  »

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Samuel Fuller's Forty Guns  »

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$300,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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In an interview reprinted in a modern source, Samuel Fuller stated that in the original ending of the film, "Griff" shoots and kills Jessica after "Brockie" takes her hostage. According to Fuller, Twentieth Century-Fox forced him to change the ending to the one in which Griff wounds Jessica and then kills Brockie. See more »

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When the gunsmith is fitting Wes for a new rifle, she had him holding the stock from a model 1898 Mauser which would not have been invented for another 20 years. Then Wes also picks up a Winchester barreled action and looks through it to see the lady gunsmith, which is not possible due to there being no straight line of sight through the action. See more »

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Jessica Drummond: I'm not interested in *you*, Mr. Bonnell. It's your trademark.
[gestures at his gun, purring]
Jessica Drummond: May I feel it?
Griff Bonnell: Uh-uh.
Jessica Drummond: Just curious.
Griff Bonnell: It might go off in your face.
Jessica Drummond: I'll take a chance.
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Featured in Barbara Stanwyck: Fire and Desire (1991) See more »

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High Ridin' Woman
by Harold Adamson and Harry Sukman
Sung by Jidge Carroll
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FORTY GUNS (Samuel Fuller, 1957) ***
7 June 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is the only one I've watched from a handful of Westerns Fuller made - and it's just as individualistic as any of his War films! Despite the presence of an A-list star in Barbara Stanwyck (past her prime but still extraordinary), at a mere 80 minutes, the film was pretty much considered a second-feature - which isn't necessarily a bad thing, since this very compactness allows it greater focus on the themes inherent in Fuller's script (which are pretty much treated like high melodrama in the rampant style of Anthony Mann's THE FURIES [1950], also with Stanwyck, and Nicholas Ray's JOHNNY GUITAR [1954])!

Still, the rest of cast is equally impressive - especially Barry Sullivan (though never quite achieving stardom, he's suitably imposing here as the ageing but steadfast hero and matches Stanwyck every step of the way), Dean Jagger (in a role vaguely similar to the one he played in BAD DAY AT BLACK ROCK [1955], but with even fewer redeeming qualities) and John Ericson (also from BLACK ROCK, but in a completely different role as Stanwyck's hot-headed younger brother). There's also crooner Jidge Carroll on hand (in his one-and-only film) who, apart from performing two tolerable ballads, acts as a sort of Chorus to the proceedings!

Besides, the film features a number of effective scenes (an ambush, a hurricane, a matter-of-factly-presented suicide and a remarkable final shoot-out) - which are made even more memorable by Joseph Biroc's superlative 'Scope photography.


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