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The Quick Gun

  • Drama
  • 1964
  • Sidney Salkow
  • 87 mins
  • PG

Summary

A reformed outlaw who left his hometown in disgrace returns to claim his late father's ranch. On the way, he runs into his former cronies, who are planning to raid the settlement while most of the men are away on a cattle drive. The prodigal son decides to make amends for his past crimes by defending the settlement. Western, starring Audie Murphy and Merry Anders.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

The clichés are piled on in this routine and minimally plotted 1960s western that stars Audie Murphy as a renowned gunslinger trying to make amends for past misdeeds. While returning to his artificial-looking Montana birthplace two years after being forced to leave, he discovers former associates are planning to hit the town bank and so he offers to help the locals defend themselves. But their continued hostility threatens to undermine his well-meaning actions, producing pithy yet unnatural verbal exchanges and a couple of ultra-theatrical brawls as everybody awaits another robber attack. From costumes to performances, the film seems fake and thrown together, with Steve Fisher's formulaic storyline rehashed from B-westerns Top Gun (1955) and Noose for a Gunman (1960). Ultimately, it's like watching a series of Wild West theme-park re-enactments; a feeling that the dull and abrupt final shoot-out does nothing to abate.

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Credits

Cast

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Clint CooperAudie Murphy
Helen ReedMerry Anders
Scotty GrantJames Best
SpanglerTed De Corsia
Tom MorrisonWalter Sande
Rick MorrisonRex Holman
Rev StaleyCharles Meredith
Dan EvansFrank Ferguson
CagleMort Mills
DonovanGregg Palmer

Crew

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DirectorSidney Salkow

Details

Language
English
Formats
Colour
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