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Man or Gun (1958)

Approved | | Western | 30 May 1958 (USA)
A gun-slinging drifter, armed with a legendary pistol, saves a town from the greedy clutches of an evil family. But what makes him so fast? Is it the man or the gun?


Albert C. Gannaway


Vance Skarstedt (original screenplay), James J. Cassity (original screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Macdonald Carey ... 'Maybe' Smith / Scott Yancey
Audrey Totter ... Fran Dare
James Craig ... Pinch Corley
James Gleason ... Sheriff Jim Jackson
Warren Stevens ... Mike Ferris
Harry Shannon ... Justin Corley
Jil Jarmyn ... Mrs. Pinch Corley
Robert Burton ... Deputy Sheriff Burt Burton
Ken Lynch ... Buckstorm Corley
Karl 'Killer' Davis ... Swede (as Karl Davis)
Julian Burton Julian Burton ... Billy Corley
Carl York Carl York ... Jack Corley
Harry Klekas Harry Klekas ... Dodd
Mel Gaines Mel Gaines ... Diego
Ron McNeil Ron McNeil ... Nick


A gun-slinging drifter, armed with a legendary pistol, saves a town from the greedy clutches of an evil family. But what makes him so fast? Is it the man or the gun?

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BIGGER WITH EVERY BULLET! No man could be that good...IT HAD TO BE THE GUN! See more »




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Release Date:

30 May 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Jede Kugel trifft See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Referenced in Shadows (1958) See more »

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Is the West or the Twilight Zone?
3 March 2002 | by Bruce CookSee all my reviews

Despite my love for Westerns, this one was tough to enjoy. The pacing is extremely slow, the characters are not well crafted, and the dialogue is frequently ridiculous. Example: the rich old rancher who rules the town mutters `profound' dialog to himself such as, `All I know is . . . when your dead, your dead for a looooong time'.

Most of the music is produced by a sleepy harmonica, a mournful violin, and a tinkling harp -- except for the title theme, which is a plodding song with dreadful lyrics and no discernible melody, performed by an untalented baritone.

McDonald Carey does a competent acting job amidst some serious scenery chewing. Even Warren Stevens (Doc from `Forbidden Planet') is swimming upstream in this one. His dialogue is dreadfully melodramatic, and his fight scene with Carey is badly staged, clumsily edited, and unintentionally funny.

The most implausible part of the story is the characters' belief that Carey's gun is `magic'. The bad guy (Stevens) is obsessed with getting it because he thinks it'll make him a perfect shot. This misplaced supernatural element, plus the somber mood of the film, the black & white photography, and the strange, almost ghostly music during the climactic gunfight makes the film play like a `Twilight Zone' episode.

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