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No Name on the Bullet (1959)

Passed | | Western | February 1959 (USA)
When hired killer John Gant rides into Lordsburg, the town's folk become paranoid as each leading citizen has enemies capable of using the services of a professional killer for personal revenge.

Director:

Jack Arnold

Writers:

Gene L. Coon (screenplay), Howard Amacker (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Audie Murphy ... John Gant
Charles Drake ... Luke Canfield
Joan Evans ... Anne Benson
Virginia Grey ... Roseanne Fraden
Warren Stevens ... Lou Fraden
R.G. Armstrong ... Asa Canfield
Willis Bouchey ... Buck Hastings
Edgar Stehli Edgar Stehli ... Judge Benson
Simon Scott Simon Scott ... Reeger
Karl Swenson ... Stricker
Whit Bissell ... Pierce
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Sid
John Alderson John Alderson ... Chaffee
Jerry Paris ... Harold Miller
Russ Bender Russ Bender ... Storekeeper
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Cool, cultured John Gant rides into Lordsburg. Gant is a professional killer, and although no one knows who he is there to kill, they are all worried. Everyone has enemies, and maybe Gant is in town for them. While they wait for him to make his move, paranoia starts taking over... Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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The strangest killer who ever stalked the West !

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Stranger from Nowhere See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Judge Benson: Viciousness in men, Luke, is inside. Deep inside.
Dr. Luke Canfield: But why? What caused it? I keep wanting to know what makes him tick.
Judge Benson: Well, it's usually a kind of logical progression. A youngster starts running with a gang. Sooner or later they're killed off or sent to prison until he's the only one left. He's gotten away with killing and he keeps going with it... alone. He can't let himself even like someone because some day he might have to kill them. By then there's no turning back. Even if he wants to ...
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When Audie Comes To Call
29 August 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In No Name on the Bulllet, Audie Murphy got to star in one of the most unusual and best westerns in his career when he was cast in this off beat tale of a hired killer. As John Gant, Audie reverses type and becomes a coldblooded, yet very philosophical hired killer.

His modus operandi is simple. He gets hired by someone to do someone else in and he goes to wherever his target is, baits him into a fight and then shoots him dead. It's pretty well known in the west that's how he operates.

So Murphy arrives in a particular town, everyone knows he's there to see that someone dies. The town grows crazy with panic and speculation as to who his target might be.

It's a nice original concept for a western and the credit has to go to scriptwriter Gene L. Coon who all Star Trek fans remember as the writer on the original series.

Some of the townspeople are blacksmith R.G. Armstrong, doctor Charles Drake, banker Whit Bissell, mine owner Karl Swenson, judge Edgar Stehli, bartender Charles Watts, and store clerk Warren Stevens. Just who has Audie come to dispatch.

All of these players fill out the roles of the panic stricken townspeople very well indeed. But it is Murphy's film and one of the best westerns ever done and I believe his personal best.


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