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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.


William F. Claxton


Lauran Paine (novel), Eric Norden (adaptation) | 2 more credits »




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 ... Lesser
Lewis Martin Lewis Martin ... Steven Hardy
Vince Barnett ... Undertaker
Edith Evanson ... Mrs. Merrick


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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Not what you'd expect--at all
8 April 2019 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

To tell you the truth, I really wasn't expecting much out of this picture. William F. Claxton was an undistinguished director. Regal Films was 20th Century-Fox's low-rent "B" unit, and I didn't know anything about writer Eric Norden's work. The main reason I watched it was because it had three of my favorite western actors--Forrest Tucker, Jim Davis and Lee Van Cleef.

Imagine my surprise when it turned out to be a well-written, tightly directed, extremely well acted, solid little "B" western with a lot to recommend it. Norden's script is thoughtful and thought-provoking, showing the consequences of mob rule and how "morality" can be manipulated by those who neither have it nor care anything about it. Tucker, who had a tendency to be blustery, gives a very controlled, sympathetic performance as a sheriff whose love for his friend's wife conflicts with his duty as a lawman. and has to go up against a town which is basically one big lynch mob. Davis actually doesn't have all that much screen time, but as always makes the most of what he has. Claxton's direction is tight and controlled, and there are several plot twists that are nicely handled.

A surprising, intelligent, well-made little "B" western, it's not full of gun-blazing action--although there is some--but is a good story told well. Highly recommended.

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