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The Gambler Wore a Gun (1961)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Western | 5 May 1961 (USA)
A gambler tries to help track down the men who hanged a rancher when he tried to thwart their cattle rustling operations by selling his ranch.


Edward L. Cahn


Orville H. Hampton (screenplay) (as Owen Harris), L.L. Foreman (story)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Davis ... Case Silverthorne (as James Davis)
Merry Anders ... Sharon Donovan
Mark Allen ... Marshal Dex Harwood
Addison Richards ... Doc Devlin
Robert Anderson ... Tray Larkin
Don Dorrell Don Dorrell ... Jud Donovan
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Kelly Barnum
Keith Richards ... Het Larkin
John Craig John Craig ... Rebe Larkin
Joe McGuinn ... Hastings (as Joe McQuinn)
Morgan Shaan Morgan Shaan ... Thompson
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Luke
Boyd Stockman ... Dave
Jack Kenney ... Bartender
Eden Hartford Eden Hartford ... Woman


The professional gambler Case Silverthorn wants to quit and retire to a small ranch in Marlpine he bought recently. On the way there he saves the Sheriff's life, who got into an ambush. However another man is dead - Will Donovan, from whom he bought the ranch! Neither the Sheriff nor Donovan's children know about the sale. So Case has to switch back to his former profession, while he tries to clarify the situation. He comes across a group of cattle thieves. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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IT WAS THE TIME FOR MEN TO STAND AND FIGHT! (original print ads-all caps) See more »


Action | Drama | Western


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Release Date:

5 May 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cartas na Mesa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


At one point Barnum tells Larkin of 100 head of cattle "down at the Thompson ranch at South Fork". South Fork was the name of the ranch of "Jock Ewing" (Jim Davis, who plays Case Silverthorne here) on the TV series Dallas (1978). See more »


Case Silverthorne: How could you know all along?
Marshal Dex Harwood: Three of Diamonds. Tray Larkin, Diamond D. I got it.
Case Silverthorne: You know, Marshal, you're a natural-born gambler the way you read cards.
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Remake of The Lone Gun (1954) See more »

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Fair to middling...
31 December 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Case Silverthorne (Jim Davis) is a recently retired gambler. He's on his way to a ranch that he now owns. However, his ride there is interrupted when he comes upon an injured Marshall and a dead man hanging near him. It seems some gang hung the guy and the Marshall was injured trying to stop them. In a coincidence you'd only find in a film, the dead man is the guy who sold the ranch to Silverthorne! Now, the Marshall and Silverthorne are going to investigate the murder.

Soon after Silverthorne arrives in town, the dead man's grown children learn that their trusted ranch hands are cattle rustlers. The rustlers don't care that they were discovered and say that their dead father was behind all this! Whether or not this is true, the brother and sister aren't sure--but they are afraid to tell others because it might just be true. What's to become of this? Well, it's complicated as the son, Judd, turns out to be a hot-headed idiot! And, what about the murder of their father? See the film if you'd like to know.

This is a relatively low budget film--with fair acting, fair writing and a fair plot. None of it is bad and none is particularly good either. The perfect time-passer.

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