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The Quiet Gun (1957)

Approved | | Western | January 1957 (USA)
Sheriff Carl Brandon must uphold the law and prevent a lynching when his best friend is accused of murder and immorality by the townsfolk.

Director:

William F. Claxton

Writers:

Eric Norden (adaptation), Earle Lyon (adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Forrest Tucker ... Sheriff Carl Brandon
Mara Corday ... Irene
Jim Davis ... Ralph Carpenter
Kathleen Crowley ... Teresa Carpenter
Lee Van Cleef ... Doug Sadler
Hank Worden ... Sampson
Tom Brown ... John Reilly
Gerald Milton Gerald Milton ... Lesser
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Steven Hardy
Vince Barnett ... Undertaker
Edith Evanson Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Merrick
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Hired gun Doug Sadler rides into a small Western town and immediately provokes the local sheriff, Carl Brandon, by tormenting a simpleminded local named Sampson. Brandon is further provoked by a visit from city attorney Hardy, who announces that the town council is charging local rancher Ralph Carpenter with violations of morality for living with an Indian girl. Brandon, who is in love with Carpenter's estranged wife Teresa, realizes that there is something sinister behind both these events, but he is unsuccessful in preventing calamity from erupting. Eventually he must stand against his entire town in order to protect it and the law he represents. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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The most violent vengeance in the West !

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fury at Rock River See more »

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Regal Films See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Grim but watchable
16 July 2004 | by hoodcsaSee all my reviews

"The Quiet Gun" is surprisingly harsh in its depiction of the average folk of an average western town. Average -- in this case -- translates to racist, violent and none-to-bright. Sheriff Carl Brandon has to stand up to assorted black hats (including the ubiquitous Lee Van Cleef) as well as the dunder-headed locals. Forrest Tucker is good as Brandon and Hank Worden adds his usual stumbling, bumbling hijinks as Samson, the town moron with a heart of gold. A lot of westerns would have let the townsfolk redeem themselves heroically at the end, but this movie sticks to its guns. In the final scene Brandon stands alone to face the villains. "The Quiet Gun" is a nasty little tale with the courage of its convictions.


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