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A Man Called Gannon (1968)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 8 March 1968 (USA)
A seasoned cowboy takes a young tender-foot under his wing. They become embroiled in a range war, and end up on opposite sides.

Director:

James Goldstone

Writers:

D.D. Beauchamp (screenplay), Borden Chase (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Anthony Franciosa ... Gannon (as Tony Franciosa)
Michael Sarrazin ... Jess Washburn
Judi West ... Beth Cross
Susan Oliver ... Matty
John Anderson ... Capper
David Sheiner ... Sheriff Polaski
James Westerfield ... Amos
Gavin MacLeod ... Lou
Eddie Firestone ... Maz
Ed Peck ... Delivery Rider
Harry Davis Harry Davis ... Harry
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Goff
Terry Wilson ... Coss
Eddra Gale ... Louisa
Harry Basch ... Ben
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Storyline

After a range war in Texas in which he lost his brother and his ranch, former cattleman Gannon takes a freight train to Kansas. Between Kansas City and Union Wells, Gannon meets Jess Washburn, a tenderfoot from Philadelphia. On the train they witness the murder of the break-man at the hands of an itinerant hobo. In the small town of Union Wells, all those riding the freight train are detained by the local sheriff and his deputies. When Jess is accused of being the murderer, Gannon reveals the identity of the real killer and claims the reward money. Since the reward is to be paid within a few days, Jess and Gannon decide to remain in Union Wells. They lodge at the local cat-house where Gannon knows the lady-owner. Later, they get jobs at the Cross ranch. The ranch is owned by the attractive widow Beth Cross. Her outfit is run by tough foreman Capper. Eventually, both Jess and Gannon will often clash with Capper. During the spare time, Gannon teaches Jess how to be a cowboy, how to ... Written by nufs68

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He battled an empire of barbed wire and bullets!...and then had to force a showdown with the kid he taught to shoot...and the woman he showed how to love!

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 March 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Covek zvani Genon See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During filming the cameras recorded two unidentified flying objects: one at Sonora, CA on 11.1.1967; another at Broom Ranch near Camarillo, CA on 12.27.1967. The footage was provided to an investigator from the University of Colorado UFO Project (1966-1968), who determined that the objects were probably some wind-blown debris. See more »

Goofs

In bed with Beth, Gannon (Tony Franciosa) exposes his perfectly smooth chest and abdomen. It doesn't matter whether he is waxed or shaven it is doubtful a ranch hand/drifter in the old west would bathe on a regular basis much less be engaged in an intensive frontier 'manscaping' regime. See more »

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Remake of Man Without a Star (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

A Smile, a Mem'ry and an Extra Shirt
Lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman
Music by Dave Grusin
Performed by Dave Grusin
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What a preachy movie
30 June 2013 | by traverb1213See all my reviews

This movie is like a lot of others made at the height of the Vietnam War - I swear Hollywood was chucking out really bad movies just to take people's minds off the war (check out Burt Lancaster in "The Swimmer" some time.) Number 1: bad songs. This is a trademark of movies made between '65 and '71. Number 2 (or 1b): use of the harpsichord. Again, a key instrument in American movies made between 65 and 71. Then, there's the anti-hero (or two of them here.) I guess by 1968 / 1969, all the good western stories had been done. (Until Josey Wales, Dances with Wolves, and Unforgiven, that is.)

This movie's writer and director must have said to themselves, "let's take the worst of the 1960's and put those characters in the 1880's." Let's imagine the Woodstock generation faced with a range war.


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