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Day of the Evil Gun (1968)

Approved | | Western | 1 March 1968 (USA)
A woman and two children are kidnapped by Apaches. The husband of the captured woman enlists the help of his neighbor to find the Apaches that seized his family; not knowing his neighbor has unknown reasons of his own for helping him.

Director:

Jerry Thorpe

Writers:

Charles Marquis Warren (screenplay), Eric Bercovici (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Lorn Warfield
Arthur Kennedy ... Owen Forbes
Dean Jagger ... Jimmy Noble
John Anderson ... Captain Jefferson Addis
Paul Fix ... Sheriff Kelso
Nico Minardos ... DeLeon
Harry Dean Stanton ... Sergeant Parker (as Dean Stanton)
Pilar Pellicer Pilar Pellicer ... Lydia Yearby
Parley Baer ... Willford
Royal Dano ... Dr. Eli Prather
Ross Elliott ... Reverend Yearby
Barbara Babcock ... Angie Warfield
James Griffith ... Storekeeper
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Storyline

Gunfighter Lorn Warfield returns home after an absence of three years. Lorn finds his ranch in ruin. His neighbor, Owen Forbes, informs Lorn that his ranch was raided by the Apaches who kidnapped his wife and two children. Lorn decides to find the Apache camp and recuperate his wife and daughters. His neighbor, Owen, also joins Lorn in his quest. The two men don't get along because Owen courted Lorn's wife in Lorn's absence. Angie consented to Owen's courtship only because she believed her husband Lorn to be dead. Despite the tension between Lorn and Owen the two men are determined to find Angie and her daughters. Things get really hard when Lorn and Owen run into Mexican bandits, army deserters and Apaches. Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

They had one enemy even more deadly than the Apaches... each other! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

1 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Evil Gun See more »

Filming Locations:

Durango, Mexico See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System) (uncredited)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Closing credits: The events, characters and firms depicted in this photoplay are fictitious. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, or to actual firms, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

During the fight with the Apaches in the Mormon ghost town, Forbes shoots out of a window with his pistol right next to his face. In actuality, the recoil of the weapon would have carried it right back into his nose like a punch. In the same scene, Captain Addis shoots a shotgun from a window in a similar fashion -- a weapon with even more recoil that, in reality, would have slammed into his face and probably given him a black eye. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Eli Prather: You're dying, Richie. Don't fight it, boy, just let it come nice and easy.
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Connections

Referenced in El Topo (1970) See more »

Soundtracks

Come Wander With Me
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[theme reuses from the Twilight Zone's episode]
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slow and boring for the most part, and improbable. Decent cast and production.
10 April 2012 | by chipeSee all my reviews

I used to enjoy Westerns. Now I wonder. This one has a good: cast, color scenery, and production values. The last few minutes were well done. But as a whole it moved way too slowly.

I am writing this review to draw attention to the typical way adventure movies --and this one in particular-- have such ridiculous and improbable action scenes. I was really charged with disgust at the way the two men rescued the wife and two kids from the Indian camp at the end of the movie. Everything fell so improbably into place for them. Using ropes they somehow silently scale an escarpment in daylight out of sight and hearing by the Indian guards. They sneak up and kill a guard. They are in a perfect place to spy on the Indian village, including the convenient placement of the wife and kids tied to outdoor poles. The two men scale down the escarpment in plain sight of Indians below, who don't notice them. Conveniently the three captives are in a perfect position to be rescued -- at the edge of the Indian camp (so the two men can sneak up behind them to untie them) and right next to the horse corral (so Glen Ford can stampede the horses so the Indians can't pursue) and near the ammunition wagon and an oil lantern (so Glen can blow it up) and an empty horse-driven wagon (so Arthur Kennedy can drive the family away). Oh, and the Indians were conveniently burying their dead at the time, so Glen and Arthur would have less interference! Even with all this, the Indians should have recouped and caught up to the wagon in the badlands far from a white settlement. The only thing missing from this derring-do is for Glen to have flicked a cigarette behind him to start a sagebrush fire to thwart the pursuing Indians!


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