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The Gun That Won the West (1955)

In the late 1860s, Colonel Carrington and his command are assigned the job of constructing a chain of forts in the Sioux Indian territory - of Wyoming. Carrington recruits former cavalry ... See full summary »

Director:

William Castle

Writer:

Robert E. Kent (story and screenplay) (as James B. Gordon)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Dennis Morgan ... Jim Bridger
Paula Raymond ... Mrs. Maxine Gaines
Richard Denning ... 'Dakota' Jack Gaines
Chris O'Brien Chris O'Brien ... Sgt. Timothy Carnahan
Robert Bice ... Chief Red Cloud
Michael Morgan Michael Morgan ... Afraid of Horses
Roy Gordon Roy Gordon ... Colonel Carrington
Howard Wright Howard Wright ... General Pope
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In the late 1860s, Colonel Carrington and his command are assigned the job of constructing a chain of forts in the Sioux Indian territory - of Wyoming. Carrington recruits former cavalry scouts Jim Bridger and "Dakota Jack" Gaines to lead the project. Bridger and Gaines are friendly with Sioux Chief Red Cloud, and they feel a peace treaty with the Indians can be made. If an Indian war breaks out, the cavalry is depending on getting a new type of Springfield rifle. Bridger, Gaines and Gaines wife, Maxine, arrive at the fort for the conference. Gaines, in a drunken fit, tries to intimidate the Indians into signing a treaty. Chief Red Cloud threatens war if his territory is invaded by any troops building forts. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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THE WEAPON THAT STOPPED THE LAST GREAT INDIAN RAID! (original poster-all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Conquista do Oeste See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

William Castle used battle footage from Last of the Comanches (1953) in this film. See more »

Goofs

In this film it is stated that no one possessed a trapdoor rifle and the rifle will be introduced by the army as a new rifle. But in the scene around 54 minutes at the war-dance you can clearly see that more Indian's are loading trapdoor Springfield rifles. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Spine Tingler! The William Castle Story (2007) See more »

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The gun that lost the audience
31 May 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

William Castle who directed some interesting if gimmicky fright films is at the helm of The Gun That Won The West. This account of Red Cloud's war with the USA in the post Civil War years is one cheap production with some very bored actors giving some very pedestrian performances.

The same criticism I had of the film Tomahawk where Van Heflin played Jim Bridger applies here as well. Dennis Morgan plays the famous frontier scout and mountain man whose best days in the 1860s were far behind him. Bridger was in his sixties suffering from a variety of health issues of which arthritis was the most prominent. Hardly a western hero at that point of his life. Nor was he ever involved with Wild West Shows which started a decade or so after the years this film was set in.

Morgan and married friends Richard Denning and Paula Raymond are busy with a wild west show where the drunken and dissolute Denning is unable to perform in any number of ways. Still they get a mission and drop the wild west show and go to Dakota Territory to help the army conduct a string of forts. That does not sit well with Red Cloud and the Sioux and war breaks out.

Denning's character is poorly written. For the first half of the film he's a drunken bum. Then for no apparent reason he becomes the real hero of the piece. As for Paula Raymond she follows Tammy Wynette's advice and stands by her man even though Morgan is more appealing.

The title refers to the army's new Springfield Rifles. But The Gun That Won The West has lost its audience long before the film ends.


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