Friday, July 21, 2017

Man with the Gun (1955)

Director: Richard Wilson

Writers: N.B. Stone Jr., Richard Wilson

Composer: Alex North

Starring: Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe, Henry Hull, Emile Meyer, John Lupton, Barbara Lawrence, Ted de Corsia, Leo Gordon, James Westerfield, Claude Akins, Angie Dickenson

More info: IMDb

Tagline: His Gun Was For Sale...And His Life With It!

Plot: When a notorious tough 'town tamer' is hired by the citizenry to rid of the gunmen driving them off their land, he finds the local saloon madam to be an old friend.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again?  No.'s OK.  I was hoping for more and there was a moment when the film promised it but then it just kind of ended without much of a sizzle.  Mitchum does fine as the stoic gunfighter who agrees to clean up the town.  He sticks to his rules and shit gets done...until he gets pissed his ex-gal so he kills the owner of the saloon where she works and burns it to the ground.  It would've been nice if the film kept going with that anger and changed the tone of the last act but it doesn't.  The last fifteen minutes builds to the showdown between the bad guy and his right hand man but it's so weak of a buildup and finale that I couldn't help but wonder why they went that way instead of any number of more exciting routes.  I must have blinked during the opening credits because I didn't see who the composer was.  During the saloon fire I knew instantly as the cue sounded far to similar to his fight cue from SPARTACUS (1960), way too similar.  Ultimately the movie is a missed opportunity but it does offer enough entertainment value that it's worth a look for fans of Bob.

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