Sheriff Carl Brandon must uphold the law and prevent a lynching when his best friend is accused of murder and immorality by the townsfolk.Sheriff Carl Brandon must uphold the law and prevent a lynching when his best friend is accused of murder and immorality by the townsfolk.Sheriff Carl Brandon must uphold the law and prevent a lynching when his best friend is accused of murder and immorality by the townsfolk.
G. Pat Collins
A step-above Western
This commentary is made in December 2006 and I see all the others so far were made in 2004. Having just watched this movie on cable's Western Channel, I guess it hasn't had much viewing since then. It is definitely a step above many Westerns of the era. We can credit not only good acting, but good writing as well. This story is from a novel by Lauran Paine who also wrote the novel used in 2003's Open Range with Robert Duvall and Kevin Costner. Norden and Lyon writes Quiet Gun (Law Man) to the screen. Since other commentaries provide the details of Quiet Gun, I'll just touch upon it lightly to say it is the story of a Sheriff (Tucker) who is friendly to a rancher (Jim Davis) whose wife (Kathleen Crowley) he has a "hankerin'for." However, the sheriff is an honorable man and tried to help Davis when he is accused of murder as he attempts to escape along with his half-breed Indian girlfriend, played by the ever lovely Mara Corday. I won't give away the rest, but it is an engaging story with all actresses and actors putting in fine performances. Both Kathleen Crowley and Mara Corday were there for more than their good looks. Hank Worden was always a favorite character actor for me since I saw him as Mose Harper in The Searchers. In fact he was in 14 movies with John Wayne. Although he often played an empty-headed part, he actually studied engineering at Stanford and Univ of Nevada before moving into entertainment. His presence added something special as he did in other films. The acting is a big part of the quality of this Western when you consider Corday, Crowley and "old Mose" Worden along with three top actors like Tucker, Davis and Lee Van Cleef. The rest of the cast filled out their parts as well. I'm not sure why this movie didn't become better known. If you like Westerns - see this one when you get the chance.
- Dec 4, 2006
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