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Guns of a Stranger (1973)

Forced in the line of duty to kill a young Abilene gunman, Sheriff Matthew Roberts (Marty Robbins)is torn by inner anguish and takes off his badge and leaves Kansas. Time passes and Roberts... See full summary »


Robert Hinkle


Charles W. Aldridge (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Marty Robbins ... Sheriff Matthew Roberts (The Drifter)
Chill Wills ... Tom Duncan
Dovie Beams Dovie Beams ... Virginia Duncan
Steven Tackett Steven Tackett ... Danny Duncan (as Steve Tackett)
Bill Coontz ... Ace Gorenum (as William Foster)
Shug Fisher ... Shug Meadows
Tom Hartman Tom Hartman ... Harley Rutledge
Charles W. Aldridge Charles W. Aldridge ... Clyde Terlan (as Charley Aldridge)
Ronny Robbins Ronny Robbins ... Alfred Bearden
Melody Hinkle Melody Hinkle ... Faye Bearden
Mark Reed Mark Reed ... Young Outlaw
Don Winters Don Winters ... Axe Mayhew
Bobby Sykes Bobby Sykes ... Bob Bishop
Fred Graham ... Sheriff Stoner
Phil Strassberg Phil Strassberg ... Nathan Cryder
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Forced in the line of duty to kill a young Abilene gunman, Sheriff Matthew Roberts (Marty Robbins)is torn by inner anguish and takes off his badge and leaves Kansas. Time passes and Roberts is known as 'The Drifter', wandering restlessly through the west. In Arizona, he aids an elderly rancher, Tom Duncan (Chill Wills), and his granddaughter, Virginia (Dovie Beams) and her kid-brother Danny (Steven Tackett) in their fight to save their small ranch from a crooked banker and his gang of outlaws. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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He Rode In Alone - A Silent Stranger - Until The Day His Blazing Guns Did The Talking!


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Final film of Fred Graham. See more »


The Drifter
Written and Sung by Marty Robbins
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All Right, Be A Stranger
28 November 2019 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Marty Robbins shows up to help Chill Wills and his grand daughter, Dovie Beams, keep their ranch, despite the local land baron, his henchmen and the local banker.

It has all the earmarks of a vanity project for singer-songwriter Robbins, who sings the title song and about the one-hour mark, starts to sing a few songs in concert with his henchmen. Wills is there to attract the B-western fans in the audience, but his ability to speak a line makes everyone else look poor. Despite some attractive shooting locations -- Old Tucson, the Superstition Mountains area -- Donald H. Birnkrant shoots the actors, most of whom aren't worth it.

Robbins had a long and successful career in music, but trying to make a B western star of him in the 1970s was a futile and ridiculous effort.

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1 May 1973 (USA) See more »

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