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Gunplay (1951)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 7 June 1951 (USA)
A female ranch owner and her two ranch hands try to help a young boy find the man who is responsible for ordering his father's murder.


Lesley Selander


Ed Earl Repp (original screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Tim Holt ... Tim Holt
Joan Dixon ... Terry Blake
Harper Carter Harper Carter ... Chip Martin
Mauritz Hugo ... Curt Landry
Robert Bice ... Sam Martin
Marshall Reed ... Dobbs
Cornelius Keefe ... Sheriff (as Jack HIll)
Robert J. Wilke ... WInslow - Henchman (as Robert Wilke)
Leo J. McMahon Leo J. McMahon ... Zeke - Henchman (as Leo McMahon)
Richard Martin ... Chito Rafferty


A female ranch owner and her two ranch hands try to help a young boy find the man who is responsible for ordering his father's murder.

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Blistering action in Old Arizona as brains, beauty and bullets wage savage war on the sinister man behind a wildfire wave of frontier outlawry! See more »


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Release Date:

7 June 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Valentes Destemidos See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Edited into Hot Lead (1951) See more »

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Average, At Best
8 February 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Okay entry in the Holt-Rafferty series. I could have used more of their screen time than what they get, which is surprisingly little for cowboy leads. After all, they're the main reason fans tune in. Here they're helping an orphaned boy (Carter) whose dad has been swindled and then murdered by a slickster named Potter (Hugo). Trouble is no one in town seems to know who Potter is now that he's changed his name to Landry. So our heroes can't even be sure who they're fighting against.

Looks like RKO scrimped out a bare-bones budget since the action never leaves the San Fernando Valley, nor a studio town. So there's no scenery to speak of. What's unusual is the 11-year old boy played by Carter. He's one tough-talking little terror once he finds his dad hanging from a tree. But then in a rather awkward shift, he goes all meek and agreeable. It's really he who gets much of the screen time. I agree that Moritz Hugo is outstanding as the villainous Potter-Landry, suitably persuasive in a complex role. And catch that great all-purpose thug Robert Wilke as one of the henchmen. All in all, it's an average entry, at best, one that could use more of the usual Holt-Rafferty pizazz.

A "5" on the Matinée Scale

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