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Gunman's Walk (1958)

Approved | | Western | July 1958 (USA)
A powerful rancher always protects his wild adult son by paying for damages and bribing witnesses, until his crimes become too serious to rectify.

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Complete credited cast:
... Lee Hackett
... Ed Hackett
... Clee Chouard
... Davy Hackett
... Deputy Sheriff Will Motely
... Sheriff Harry Brill
... Purcell Avery
... Jensen Sieverts
... Bob Selkirk
Michael Granger ... Curly
... Judge
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Widower Lee Hackett (Van Heflin), a cattle rancher who is a product of the old west, tries to bring up his two sons, Ed (Tab Hunter)and Davy (James Darren), in his image, but Ed is wild and unruly. The two brothers are both attracted to Clee Chourard ('Kathryn Grant(I)') but she prefers Davy. Ed's efforts to outshine his father and brother and everyone else leads him into a career of a gunfighter, and a confrontation with his father. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlinl.net>

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Will his own father gun him down on "Gunman's Walk?" (original print ad) See more »

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Bert Convy's first film. See more »

Goofs

When the Sheriff and Purcell Avery go to the doctor's to question Mr Sieverts, the office door is locked. The doctor unlocks the door to let them in and then locks it again once they're inside. As they leave, the doctor pulls the door open - without unlocking it first. For that to happen, the door would have to be a prop that was never locked in the first place. See more »

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Lee Hackett: You got to learn to respect the gun: knowing when to shoot is just as important as knowing how.
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Featured in Tab Hunter Confidential (2015) See more »

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I'm A Runaway
by Fred Karger & Richard Quine
Sung by Tab Hunter (uncredited)
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The seed of this tree was nurtured with a gun and raised violently.
18 February 2014 | by See all my reviews

The western Novel written by author Ric Hardman, is the bases for this film called " Gunman's Walk. " But the title is deceptive. It should have been called, ' The violent seed, ' . Directed by Phil Karlson, it tells the story of a brooding, malcontented young man (Tab Hunter) who was raised by his father (Van Heflin) to be rough, tough, and hard drinking. What little discipline the father offered was misplace and shoddy. Anything which could torn from the land was acceptable, if not it could always be bought, traded for, or stolen. The law, as seen by the Hacketts' is seen as a hindrance and as a last resort. The Hackett name was a powerful brand which produced fear and often as not, the father saw to it no one stood in his way. James Darren, who plays Davy Hackett, is the other son which the father disliked, is believed to be a half breed and the weaker of the two boys. The movie is fast paced but shallow and tab Hunter is seen as caring the entire weight of the film on his wild shoulders. Still, for a 1950's a western, it marks a turning point for the country and for later sagas. ****


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