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Gun Battle at Monterey (1957)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 27 October 1957 (USA)
Reno and Turner are partners who robbed the express in Monterey. But when Turner wants to leave the partnership, Reno shoots him and leaves him for dead. But Turner is found by Maria and ... See full summary »

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Jack Leonard (screenplay), Lawrence Resner (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... Jay Turner / John York
Pamela Duncan ... Maria Salvador
Ted de Corsia ... Max Reno
Mary Beth Hughes ... Cleo
Lee Van Cleef ... Kirby
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Sheriff Claude Mundy
Pat Comiskey Pat Comiskey ... Frank
Byron Foulger ... Carson
Mauritz Hugo ... Charley
I. Stanford Jolley ... Idwall
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Storyline

Reno and Turner are partners who robbed the express in Monterey. But when Turner wants to leave the partnership, Reno shoots him and leaves him for dead. But Turner is found by Maria and nursed back to health. He then searches California for Reno and finds him in Del Ray, running a bar which he got by shooting his partner Abbott. Turner masquerades as York and keeps Reno off balance long enough to trap him. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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KISS OR KILL..."Take him upstairs! If he has three scars on his back, you'll know what to do! (original print ad) See more »

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Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 October 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dem Henker ausgeliefert See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Goofs

Maria (Pamela Duncan)has a cropped hairstyle definitely from the 50s, not from the "old Western" time of this movie. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Max Reno: When the tide comes in, you'll be safe as if you were in your mother's arms. I picked this hideout a month ago. It's a beauty, ain't it? You're a lucky boy, Jim. You should have met me a long time ago.
Jay Turner: You'll never let me forget it, Reno...
Max Reno: What?
Jay Turner: How smart you are.
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It Took Two Directors
1 July 2009 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Hayden made a number of cheap Westerns at a time (late '50's) when Drive-in's were a booming business and in need of fare. Unfortunately, none are very good, including this one, though a number of talented people were involved in each. As could be expected, most suffered from poor production values and sub-standard scripts, leaving the talent little to work with. That's very much the case here. As others point out, only Van Cleef looks motivated. And too bad that great bad girl Mary Beth Hughes (Cleo) is not given more to work with.

No need to repeat negative points made by others, except for two observations. Note that the film has two directors listed. According to IMDb, this was Franklin's only directorial effort, which suggests producer Hittleman didn't like what he saw and so took over the directing himself. Thus the film lacks an experienced director's hand. Also, the ending is indeed startling for a picture of this type. It's so abrupt and unexpected, it's almost like the company suddenly ran out of film and had to wrap up immediately. Certainly, nothing else in the production shows the kind of imagination or nerve that would produce such a startling break with convention. Too bad this remains the only good reason to stick around for this surf-to-turf oater.


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