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Finger on the Trigger (1965)

Not Rated | | Drama , Western | 1 May 1965 (USA)
At Civil War's end, hidden Confederate gold pits a group of ex-Union soldiers against Confederate troops occupying a fort in the Oklahoma Territory but forces them into a temporary alliance when attacked by Indians.


Sidney W. Pink


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Credited cast:
Rory Calhoun ... Larry Winton
Aldo Sambrell
James Philbrook James Philbrook ... Adam Hyde
Leo Anchóriz ... Ed Bannister
Todd Martin Todd Martin ... Hillstrom
George Rigaud ... Benton (as Jorge Rigaud)
Silvia Solar ... Violet
Brud Talbot Brud Talbot ... Fred (as Bruce Talbot)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Axel Anderson Axel Anderson ... McNamara
Fernando Bilbao Fernando Bilbao ... Mayer
Sebastian Cavalieri Sebastian Cavalieri ... Slim
Eric Chapman Eric Chapman ... McKay
John Clarke John Clarke ... Numitah
Beni Deus ... O'Brien
Guillermo Elias Guillermo Elias ... Mike Daly


At the end of the Civil War, a ragtag group of just-discharged Union soldiers clashes with a band of renegade Confederates over a golden treasure hidden in a deserted town in the Oklahoma Territory. Soon these rivals must make common cause in the face of an Indian attack. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Release Date:

1 May 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Fono-Espana)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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None of the guns used in the movie are correct for the Civil War era -- all the characters are seen with modern-day revolvers. See more »


Numitah: [to Hillstrom] You talk smooth, like river stone.
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Referenced in Forbidden Flesh (1968) See more »

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Rational Necessity Dictates
26 May 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Like so many action stars of the second rank Rory Calhoun left for Europe to continue his career. Finger On The Trigger is his experiment with the spaghetti western. Unlike many he graduated into character roles in the Seventies and would be doing those for the rest of his life.

Nothing terribly original about this plot. Calhoun leads a disparate band of ex-Union soldiers going west after Appomattox to take advantage of the Homestead Act. In doing so he runs into some Confederates, some who know the war is over and are looking to rob some Confederate gold coming in from the west. I think we saw this in Virginia City.

The foe here is Indians and some renegades from Calhoun's bunch. The Confederates may not like the fact that the war is over, but rational necessity dictates an alliance against the Indians.

I'm not a big fan of spaghetti westerns because westerns are better done here in the USA where it's part of our heritage. Calhoun in the Sixties did some decent westerns for A.C. Lyles and others on this side of the pond. Finger On The Triggr isn't one of them.

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