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A town NOT too tough too tame .........
revdrcac16 June 2006
In this interesting 1958 B-western, George Montgomery is sent to rowdy Tombstone to clean up lawlessness and corruption there. He encounters the likes of Johnny Ringo and Ike Clanton as he proceeds to throw the book (and LEAD ) at the lawless cowpokes. Eventually, good overcomes evil and all is well in the Arizona town..........

Montgomery is fine as the good guy, riding to the rescue. His acting range was limited, but he made up for it with a dogged intensity. Jim Davis was very good as Ringo, making this a fun but undemanding film.

Fans of this era of western film should enjoy this one. It's not Shakespeare, but it is entertaining in a low-budget sorta way !
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"historically narrated"
wyatte-129 August 2009
I's a typical "B", 50's movie, and as such, immune from historical consideration.

This one was actually "narrated"...with names like "Johnny Ringo", Ike Clanton, and "Curly Bill"...real characters that lived in Tombstone.

The opening lines talked about a attempted murder happening on a trail outside the town of Phoenix...near Tombstone. Any Arizona 5 year old then, or now, knows phoenix was a barely existing village, two hard days ride from the thriving city of Tucson, and 4 hard days ride from Phoenix to Tombstone.

These characters lived...some died near Tombstone in 1881... The hero was a captain of the the "Arizona Rangers"...which wasn't formed until 1901.

B movie?...OK, I sure wish they'd leave real historical names alone.

All the gagging pseudo-history aside....I did enjoy George Montgomery.

George Williams....Tombstone Arizona
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"Johnny Ringo walks on eggs, but he doesn't leave any traces".
classicsoncall4 July 2010
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Another in a long string of Western movies capitalizing on historical names from the past, and teaming them up to present a fictional but entertaining tale of good guys versus bad guys in the Old West of the 1880's. George Montgomery heads up the cast as undercover lawman Matt Sloan, captain of the Arizona Rangers. He's on the trail of a silver smuggling operation and a trio of baddies - Johnny Ringo (Jim Davis), Ike Clanton (Gerald Milton) and Curly Bill Brosius (Lane Bradford). The action takes place on both sides of the Arizona/Mexican border, though not much is revealed about the Mexican side of the operation.

There's a human interest element thrown in with the presence of Matt Sloan's son Terry (Scotty Morrow), on the run from Ike Clanton who he saw kill his mother to set up the early part of the story. Terry's taken in by the pretty daughter (Beverly Tyler) of the Tombstone Assay Office owner, thereby staging one of the most understated romantic interests you'll find in a B Western. You should probably see it coming, but because the assayer (Don Beddoe) seems like such a good guy and loyal citizen, the revelation that he gives Johnny Ringo his orders almost comes out of left field. You don't have time to dwell on it though, as Ike and Ringo take him out in short order.

With all the tension built into a final showdown between Sloan and Ringo, I was left scratching my head over the film's resolution. Taken as a hostage, Terry is simply let go, as Sloan dispatches both Ringo and Ike Clanton right out in the open. It almost seemed like a no contest after all the build up that went before.

I liked George Montgomery in this one. He didn't show a lot of range in his style here, but I guess he didn't have to. He had sort of a Randolph Scott approach to the role, right down to the black shirt he wore for most of the picture. I don't know about that bandanna though, it looked like a misplaced fashion statement.
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The Sloane Ranger!
Spikeopath9 February 2019
The Toughest Gun in Tombstone is directed by Earl Bellamy and written by Orville H. Hampton. It stars George Montgomery, Jim Davis, Beverly Tyler, Gerald Milton and Don Beddoe. Music is by Paul Dunlap and cinematography by Kenneth Peach.

Solid "B" type Oater finds Montgomery as Matt Sloane, an undercover Arizona Ranger sent into Tombstone to rid it of its outlaw elements. He also has a vested personal interest since the man who killed his wife - and who has shot and injured his son - also resides within the outlaw group.

Standard rules apply here, clocking in at just 72 minutes in run time, the requisite fist fights, chases, shoot outs and good versus bad shenanigans fill out the play. There's some nifty cryptic detective work going on, even some stentorian narration suggesting the makers have been watching the noir crime movies of the era. The romantic angle is not over played, with a nice surrogate mother thread ticking along nicely, and the cast and tech crew perform capably within the confines of the low budget production limits.

With the opening broadly telling us about the "infamous" named characters operating in Tombstone, it should be noted this is of course not a history lesson, so don't expect one. While elsewhere after being told that President Chester A. Arthur has "ordered" the end of outlaws, it's a little disappointing that there wasn't more scope to expand upon the birth of The Arizona Rangers. But as it is this is sturdy and enjoyable fare for the genre fans to pass the time away with. 6/10
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Mediocre Oater That Monkeys With History
zardoz-1329 May 2015
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"Seminole Uprising" director Earl Bellamy's western "Toughest Gun in Tombstone" pits square-jawed George Montgomery against dastardly Jim Davis in a historically inaccurate horse opera. Our virtuous hero has gone undercover as an outlaw to thwart a silver smuggling ring operating in southern Arizona. Nothing about his sagebrusher is remotely memorable.

Matt Sloane (George Montgomery of "Riders of the Purple Saga") is known throughout the Arizona Territory as an outlaw who prefers to hold up stagecoaches. As it turns out, Matt got his start back east in Texas, but the bad guys murdered his wife. Terry (Scotty Morrow of "Red Sundown") has run away from protective custody and is struggling to find his father. Meantime, an owlhoot is riding in hot pursuit because the eagle-eyed tyke saw him shoot his mom. Terry was in Phoenix when he was recognized by the varmint. He is picked up after he collapses in the middle of the road to Tombstone by a stagecoach. Two ladies get him aboard the stagecoach, but neither believes the outrageous story that he tells. Della Cooper (Beverly Tyler of "The Palomino") is especially sympathetic toward Terry's plight. When they stop at the stagecoach relay station, the unseen assassin drills a shot through Terry's shoulder and everybody believes the unconscious kid. While all this is going on, Sloane has ridden into Tombstone, stabled his horse, and been assaulted by Johnny Ringo (Jim Davis of "Rio Lobo"), Ike Clanton (Gerald Milton of "Forty Guns"), and Curly Bill Brosius (Lane Bradford of "Showdown in Abilene") in his hotel room because they believe that he held up a silver shipment on a stagecoach. Ringo allows Matt to remain in town. Later, after Ringo and his minions leave, Joe Barger (Harry Lauter of "The Three Outlaws") arrives and warns Matt about the disappearance of his son. Della takes Terry into her care. She has just joined her father in Tombstone. Della's dad David Cooper (Don Beddoe of "The Night of the Hunter") is the assayer in Tombstone. After Terry settles in with Della, Matt is summoned to a secret meeting with the Territorial Governor (William Forrest) who must have a report from the newly formed Arizona Raiders because Washington, D.C. , is demanding action. Unless Matt and his guns can clean up the Territoral, President Chester A. Arthur will deny it statehood.

Clocking in at a trim 72 minutes, "The Toughest Gun in Tombstone" is straightforward shoot'em up. Matt poses as an outlawn, but he doesn't infiltrate the gang. He scrambles from one secret meeting to another and chats with local lawman in Mexico on occasion as he tries to ferret out what Ringo is up to here. Johnny Ringo wants his henchmen to watch Matt, but they have a hard time of keeping up with him. Eventually, they shoot it out at a railroad station where Matt has gone to send a coded telegram. The biggest mystery here involves Ringo's boss. He lures in the shadows, but it comes as no surprise when he exposes himself near the end. For the record, Ike Clanton survived the gunfight a the O.K. Corral while Johnn Ringo and Curly Bill were around to tangle with Wyatt Earp. There is no Wyatt Earp here so Bellamy and "Train to Tombstone" scenarist Orville H. Hampton have tampered with history to spin their yarn. There is very little depth to his western, negligible dialogue, but an adolescent is shot at and wounded. Of course, our stalwart hero saves the day.
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