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Gun Fight (1961)

Approved | | Western | 1 May 1961 (USA)
On the stagecoach to Laramie, Wayne Santley rescues singer Nora Brown from the advances of gambler Cole Fender. In Laramie, Wayne discovers his brother Brad is an outlaw, but he refuses to ... See full summary »

Director:

Edward L. Cahn

Writers:

Gerald Drayson Adams (screenplay), Richard Schayer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Brown ... Wayne Santley
Joan Staley ... Nora Blaine
Gregg Palmer ... Brad Santley
Ron Soble ... Pawnee
Ken Mayer ... Joe Emery
Walter Coy ... Sheriff
Charles Cooper ... Cole Fender
James Parnell James Parnell ... Moose McLain
Kate Murtagh ... Molly (as Kate Murtah)
Andy Albin Andy Albin ... Jonathan Cooley
Kim Winona Kim Winona ... Coheela (as Connie Buck)
Jon Locke ... Saunders (as Jom Locke)
Morgan Shaan Morgan Shaan ... Cory
Monte Burkhart Monte Burkhart ... Hannah
David Donaldson David Donaldson ... Prospector
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Storyline

On the stagecoach to Laramie, Wayne Santley rescues singer Nora Brown from the advances of gambler Cole Fender. In Laramie, Wayne discovers his brother Brad is an outlaw, but he refuses to join the gang of rustlers and sets up a homestead. He and Nora are married. Later Brad repents and joins his brother, but Brad's former partner Pawnee organizes an attack on the brothers. Despite the source that seems to think so, this was not an M-G-M production. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pistole fiammeggianti See more »

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Production Co:

Zenith Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia

When the wounded Wayne and Nora are in brother Brad's cabin preparing to leave, you see the 'logs' of the wall behind them. Each log is perfectly straight, unvarying width, and has exactly the same coarse bark pattern as each of the others. See more »

Quotes

[Brad and Pawnee listen as Wayne kills a sentry armed with a rifle]
Brad Santley: One .44 shot, no Winchester.
Pawnee: Looks like your brother knew the password.
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Connections

Remake of Gun Brothers (1956) See more »

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Low budget "B" Western shows it's limitations...
7 May 2015 | by b5erikSee all my reviews

Gun Fight doesn't exactly have great production values. Nor does it have a well known cast. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen any of these actors in anything else (if I have their roles were inconsequential). It doesn't boast a great script, or great direction, either. So what does it have?

Well, it's got a fairly good story (nothing especially original or outstanding, but a good, solid storyline) and a cast that is honestly doing their best to give good performances. It also has a short running time (69 minutes), so it doesn't drag at any point.

Ultimately, Gun Fight is an anachronism in filmmaking circa 1960 (when it was filmed). It plays out more like a Western from 1941 than 1961 (when it was released). The style of storytelling (the direction, acting, dialogue, and plotting) is a much closer match to what Hollywood was putting out in the early 40's than in the early 60's, so it was already outdated when it was released. And yet, there is an earnestness about the movie that makes it hard to completely dislike or dismiss. No one will ever confuse Gun Fight with the great Westerns of the pre-Spaghetti Western era, but it isn't quite as bad as many people make it out to be.

Gun Fight is mildly diverting and somewhat entertaining for fans of the genre who are looking for something new that they haven't seen before. It isn't far removed from the kind of Western that a Poverty Row studio might have made in the 40's, and maybe that's part of it's charm. With the right expectations Gun Fight can deliver an entertaining one hour and nine minutes. With the right expectations...


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