Man with the Gun

Man with the Gun

Richard Wilson (1955)

PG Certificate


Our Score
One of Robert Mitchum's strengths was his ability to grab a western like this by its throat and turn it into a personal statement. Mitchum plays a brooding gunman who cleans up a town to try to win back his estranged wife, played by the excellent Jan Sterling. There's a fair amount of sadism on show (though nothing by today's standards), and the mood and tone are satisfyingly grim. It's an impressive directorial debut from former Orson Welles associate Richard Wilson, whose best movie was to be 1959's Al Capone, starring Rod Steiger. Watch for a young Angie Dickinson in an early role, and enjoy the fine photography from the great veteran Lee Garmes, who'd worked on such outstanding films as Shanghai Express, Scarface and Duel in the Sun. On its release here, the film was called The Trouble Shooter and was seriously underrated.


A gunman is hired by citizens to drive an over-mighty cattle baron out of a small town, where he plans to win back his estranged wife - who happens to run the local bordello. However, because of his flagrant disregard for the letter of the law, he is thought no more highly of than the crooks he is supposed to stop. Western, starring Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe and Henry Hull.

Cast & Crew

Clint Tollinger Robert Mitchum
Nelly Bain Jan Sterling
Stella Atkins Karen Sharpe
Marshal Sims Henry Hull
Saul Atkins Emile Meyer
Jeff Castle John Lupton
Ann Wakefield Barbara Lawrence
Rex Stang Ted de Corsia
Ed Pinchot Leo Gordon
Director Richard Wilson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD