The Gun Hawk

The Gun Hawk

Edward Ludwig (1963)

U Certificate


Our Score
Rory Calhoun was well past his movie-star prime when he starred in this inconsistent B-western. Again he's playing a loner gunman whose best efforts to have a quiet life are thwarted, on this occasion by stolid sheriff Rod Cameron and cocky James Dean-lookalike Rod Lauren (his character is named Rebel just in case you missed the similarity). There are some unexpected twists and turns as time seems to be running out for the notorious gunslinger, but the narrative meanders while the jauntiness of the score (think Carry On Cowboy rather than Shane) and the ropey B-movie acting belie the sombre undercurrent of the tale.


An ageing gunfighter is badly injured while hunting down the men who killed his father. He returns to a sanctuary for criminals to die in peace, but he is concerned that a younger man he has befriended will follow in his violent footsteps. Western, starring Rory Calhoun, Rod Lauren, Ruta Lee and Rod Cameron.

Cast & Crew

Blaine Madden Rory Calhoun
Sheriff Ben Corey Rod Cameron
Marleen Ruta Lee
"Reb" Roan Rod Lauren
Deputy "Mitch" Mitchell Morgan Woodward
Johnny Flanders Robert J Wilke
Drunk John Litel
Miguel Rodolfo Hoyos
Joe Sully Lane Bradford
Luke Sully Glenn Stensel
Director Edward Ludwig
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