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The Ballad of a Gunfighter (1964)

A former Confederate robs stagecoaches to be able to give money to the local poor people. He soon runs into a gang of robbers who don't have the same good intentions he does.

Director:

Bill Ward

Writer:

Bill Ward
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marty Robbins ... Marty Robbins
Traveler Traveler ... Traveler
Joyce Redd Joyce Redd ... Secora
Robert Barron Robert Barron ... McCord (as Bob Barron)
Nestor Paiva ... Padre
Michael Davis ... Miguelito
Laurette Luez ... Felina
Charlie Aldrich Charlie Aldrich ... Amigo
Paul McDonald Paul McDonald ... Mr. Baker
Cynthia Goodwins Cynthia Goodwins ... First Nun
Claudia Aldrich Claudia Aldrich ... Second Nun
Gene Davis Gene Davis ... Bartender
Tom Cloud Tom Cloud ... Blacksmith (as Tommy Cloud)
Jerry Vance Jerry Vance ... Outlaw
Dick Warlock ... Outlaw (as Dick Leming)
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A former Confederate robs stagecoaches to be able to give money to the local poor people. He soon runs into a gang of robbers who don't have the same good intentions he does.

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Taglines:

MARTY ROBBINS...he RIDES...he FIGHTS...he LOVES...he SINGS in the first truly DIFFERENT western! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1964 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperat gunfighter See more »

Filming Locations:

Kanab Canyon, Kanab, Utah, USA

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)
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Trivia

Final film of Laurette Luez. See more »

Quotes

Marty Robbins: You talk about an empire. This whole country is my empire. I don't have my brand on anything or anybody. I don't need it. I don't have a brand on my horse, but you let some man try to ride him!
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Crazy Credits

Closing credits epilogue: IT'S OVER - - GOODBYE See more »

Soundtracks

San Angelo
Written by Marty Robbins
Sung by Marty Robbins
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Touching, quaint Marty Robbins Western with cutie Joyce Redd and a bold climax
3 February 2018 | by WuchakSee all my reviews

RELEASED IN 1964 and written & directed by Bill Ward, "Ballad of a Gunfighter " is a Western about two outlaws in a Utah town, one good (Marty Robbins) and one bad (Robert Barron), who vie for the attentions of an ex-saloon girl (Joyce Redd). I say one is "good" because he's akin to Robin Hood, stealing from the rich and covertly giving to a padre (Nestor Paiva). Laurette Luez plays a seasoned saloon babe.

The movie starts out with a long chase in the desert country, which is curiously quiet. In the third act there's a knockdown-drag-out fight between two rivals and then, of course, the final showdown. Other than that, this is mostly a dramatic Western with stilted dialogues, but with quality protagonists and antagonists. Interestingly, there are several swimming hole sequences consisting of Redd's character and one of her suitors, but don't expect any female eye candy.

Most of the movie is town-bound, but there are some scenic Utah locations. The filmmaking is quaint and low-budget (like the actors learned their lines the same morning), but there are serious adult-oriented elements, although you have to read in between the lines. The ending is unexpected, even brave, but I guess "the wages of sin is death" (even while one hopes for redemption).

One of the most successful country & western singers for the better part of four decades, Robbins wrote & sung "San Angelo," which appears on the soundtrack at the end. But don't expect his character to sing any tunes.

The movie runs 84 minutes and was shot in Kanab Canyon, Kanab, Utah.

GRADE: C+/B-


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