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Gun the Man Down (1956)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 15 November 1956 (USA)
Two bank robbers abandon their wounded partner to the posse and run with the loot but their partner, after serving time in prison, seeks revenge.


Andrew V. McLaglen


Burt Kennedy (screenplay), Sam Freedle (story) (as Sam C. Freedle)

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Cast overview:
James Arness ... Remington 'Rem' Anderson
Angie Dickinson ... Janice
Robert J. Wilke ... Matt Rankin (as Robert Wilke)
Emile Meyer ... Sheriff Morton
Don Megowan ... Ralph Farley
Michael Emmet Michael Emmet ... Billy Deal
Harry Carey Jr. ... Deputy Lee
Frank Fenton ... Sheriff Leading Posse
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Hotel Man (as Gonzalez Gonzalez)


Three outlaw buddies rob a bank, but one of them is wounded. His two partners and his girlfriend take his share of the loot and run off, leaving him to be captured by the sheriff. Years later, after he gets out of prison, he goes in search of his double-crossing partners and his faithless girlfriend. He finds them in a semi-deserted, run-down town, but instead of killing them right away, he decides to play cat-and-mouse with them first. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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15 November 1956 (USA) See more »

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Arizona Mission See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Produced by John Wayne's brother Robert E. Morrison. See more »


When Rem Anderson (James Arness) is brought back from the robbery wounded, and is laid on the table, his girlfriend Janice (Angie Dickinson) checks him and says he's lost a lot of blood and can't be moved. Yet after they leave him, he gets up and staggers around fairly well, with no evidence of blood on him at all. See more »

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Well paced and low budgeted Western , nicely starred by James Arness , and competently directed by Andrew V. McLagen
24 January 2019 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Simple and plain Western with usual ingredients . This oater has a good cast and enough action , but in low budget. It deals with a gang of crooks planning a robbing at the Palace City Bank that goes wrong. The tough thieves : Robert J. Wilke , Don Megowan , James Arness and his faithless girlfriend : Angie Dickinson , take his share of the cash and ride to their cabin . They escape but James Arness is injured and left by his colleagues who run away with the loot . Then a posse arrives and they take him prisoner. Later on , being sentenced , condemned and once completed sentence he is released . Like an avenging angel he terrorized the west in search of the killers who had stolen his name , money and his woman. After that , James Arness seeks vengeance , and finally locates them in Gunther Wells where rules a brave sheriff , Emile Meyer, and his deputy , Harry Carey Jr. At the end rivals contend for each other in their opposing characters .

Entertaining Western including action , thrills , go riding , shot'em up and a peculiar love story between James Arness and Angie Dickinson . An agreeable and slight tale , almost rudimentary , though full of cliches , as the script lines too often settle for crude routine ; however , packing some surprises . It contains an atmospheric and evocative cinematography in black and white by William H Clothier who photographed several John Wayne films , as well as evocative score by Henry Vars . This oater is an acceptable and passable western that relies heavily on ordinary situations : treason, fights , shootouts , pursuits and final confrontation . Thrilling and enjoyable flick deals with a wounded robber who betrayed by his double-crossing partners , serving long time in prison and being released , subsequently seeking "vendetta", this issue to be a common plot in the subgenre Spaghetti Western of the sixties . Here stands out a pretty good main cast and support cast formed by notorious actors . James Arness plays efficiently as Remington, a gunslinger of formidable physical and the regular baddie Robert J. Wilke who is awesome as Matt Rankin . Angie Dickinson plays a saloon girl , as usual ,receiving introducing credit , being her first credited movie . Other important secondaries appearing are the followings : Emile Meyer ,Frank Fenton, Don Megowan , Pedro González Gonzalez and Harry Carey Jr , John Ford's regular actor .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Andrew V McLagen , though shot in very short budget and in nine days .This was the first Western movie of many directed by Andrew and his film debut . He directed John Wayne in several films, including the successful Undefeated , Hellfighters and Chisum . He was expert on all kinds of genres , as Westerns as Chisum , Shenandoah , McLintock , The Blue and Gray , The way west , Bandolero, undefeated , Cahill Marshall , Rare breed . And he directed 96 episodes of Gunsmoke reuníting again James Arness. He also made Wartime movies as Dirty Dozen next mission , Sea wolves , Wild Geese, The Devil Brigade , Breakthrough , among others. Rating 6/10. The movie will appeal to Western buffs .

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