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Title: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: cigar joe on May 17, 2008, 06:15:31 PM
Dir by Richard Wilson, with Robert Mitchum as town tamer Clint Tollinger  with a pretty good cast of recognizeable character actors and up and comming future stars:

 Jan Sterling ...  Nelly Bain
 Karen Sharpe ...  Stella Atkins
 Henry Hull ...  Marshal Lee Sims
 Emile Meyer ...  Saul Atkins
 John Lupton ...  Jeff Castle
 Barbara Lawrence ...  Ann Wakefield
 Ted de Corsia ...  'Frenchy' Lescaux (as Ted De Corsia)
 Leo Gordon ...  Ed Pinchot
 James Westerfield ...  Mr. Zender (drummer)
 Jay Adler ...  Cal (uncredited)
 Claude Akins ...  Jim Reedy (uncredited)
 Florenz Ames ...  Doc Hughes (uncredited)
 Joe Barry ...  Dade Holman (uncredited)
 Norma Calderón ...  Luz (uncredited)
 Thom Conroy ...  Bill Emory (uncredited)
 Angie Dickinson ...  Kitty (uncredited)

Not a bad Western but also not great, its good, it suffers from being shot all on sets but that said it's definitely worth a look.

Tolliver is a gunfighter who has a rep as a "town tamer" running out rowdies, establishing curfews and posting "No Firearns" notices with the caveat that violators "will be shot".  He rides into Sheridan looking for his estrangled wife who runs a whorehouse, though they are called euphamistically "dance hall girls. The town of Sheridan hires him to clean out the town,  which he does to the detriment of some of the local buisnesses. Claud Akins has a memorable confrontation with Mitchum.


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: dave jenkins on May 18, 2008, 10:15:24 PM
Thanks, CJ. I'll watch any film that has Barbara Lawrence in it.


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: dave jenkins on January 03, 2009, 06:24:29 AM
Streaming video (with commercials): http://www.hulu.com/watch/39075/man-with-the-gun

UPDATE 5/14/09: I see that Hulu has taken the film down. Shame.


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: stanton on January 03, 2009, 09:25:16 AM
Stylish made 50s western with a tough Mitchum in one of his best roles. Rather violent for its time.


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: dave jenkins on January 03, 2009, 02:36:36 PM
Thanks, Hulu, now I've seen this. A film with an impressive body count: the two brothers, Slim, Claude Akins, Ted de Corsia, Pinchot, and finally the fat man. That's 7, so this film gets a 7/10: what's a Western without killings? Barbara Lawrence looks great in this, too (though I prefer her avaricious and shrewd to avaricious and dumb). Hey, even Angie Dickinson has a bit in this. Maybe I should raise the rating? Nah, that ending sucks (why didn't the fat man bring his whole army to town as back up? Stupid!). Another great Mitchum performance, though.


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: titoli on January 03, 2009, 04:58:13 PM
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Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: dave jenkins on January 03, 2009, 07:30:54 PM
I'm thinkin' that maybe that's a different Barbara Lawrence . . . .


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: titoli on April 06, 2009, 05:07:11 PM
Watched the dvd. The fat man could have brought his army (what was left of it) but then Mitchum would have gone hip to the plot. The fat man just didn't belong there. Actually I thought Westerfield was a hired killer who would shoot Mitchum from a window of a near building. To think INSTEAD that the man deputized to kill him could be able to just because Mitchum would kneel himself didn't square with what we had seen him do up to that moment, expecially when the same gunman in the earlier confrontation had seen how Mitchum was ambidexterous. But I disagree with CJ: I don't like open spaces, I prefer the town-bound, all-confrontations western: Fistful, High Noon, Warlock. 8\10


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: dave jenkins on April 07, 2009, 05:46:35 AM
But I disagree with CJ: I don't like open spaces, I prefer the town-bound, all-confrontations western: Fistful, High Noon, Warlock.
That explains why you don't care for GBU.


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: noodles_leone on April 07, 2009, 11:41:50 AM
That explains why you don't care for GBU.

You mean Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo?


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: The Firecracker on April 07, 2009, 07:35:26 PM
You mean Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo?

GBU is clearly the leaner, meaner version. Making it the best of the two.


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: dave jenkins on April 08, 2009, 12:02:06 PM
You mean Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo?
GBU is not anchored geographically, thus, for titoli, a lesser film. BBC, by contrast, is made up of several town-based vignettes, set in a succession of villages manque, and tentatively linked by the frequent wanderings of the peripatetic main characters.

Consider the sites where much of the action unfolds: Stevensville, Ropeburn, TX, Sand Dune, NM. Sentenza rides into Ruined Confederate Fort for a brief encounter with its inhabitants and has an epiphany. Betterville, the dystopia that travelers must leave to survive, is the scene of both a reunion and an escape. Ft. Smith has been transformed into Killing Floor, AK, a metaphor for Life itself. At Bridgetown our heroes witness a community divided, where strife can only end by crossing Jordan. Finally, there is the final reckoning, at Sad Hill, that great City of the Dead. A song is played, a dance performed. Our modern Candides, Blondie and Tuco, then move on, but Sentenza remains, home at last.


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: titoli on April 08, 2009, 03:33:00 PM
Yeah, sure.


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: Groggy on April 08, 2009, 10:10:06 PM
Yeah, sure.

 ;D


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: dave jenkins on April 09, 2009, 06:38:33 AM
No. Sense. Of humor. Whatsoever.


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: dave jenkins on April 21, 2015, 01:36:14 PM
Blu due in Sept: http://www.blu-ray.com/news/?id=16596


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: dave jenkins on October 01, 2015, 10:12:31 AM
The blu looks very good. I'd forgotten this is a widescreen film. The ending still disappoints, though--with a little thought, they could have doubled the body-count right there. Oh, well, on to the 60s!


Title: Re: Man With The Gun (1955)
Post by: Spikeopath on June 04, 2017, 06:58:50 AM
Adding review.

Robert Mitchum is......Man With The Gun.

Clint Tollinger arrives in a small town looking for his estranged wife and news of his daughter, tho he finds her, the chance of any sort of reconciliation is very slim. Whilst here, the sheriff and the important townsfolk learn of Tollinger's reputation as a pistol specialist town tamer. As they are living in fear of a mysterious landowner who is stripping the town from them bit by bit, they hold a meeting that chooses to hire Tollinger to rid the town of it's unsavoury elements.

Man With The Gun seems to be either a forgotten piece or a vastly under seen one, for at the time of me writing this, it has just over 200 votes and a paltry 9 user comments written for it on IMDb. It's a shame on either score because although the production values scream out that this is a "B" movie Western, this is a fine entry in the Western genre. That the piece takes on a rather standard plot theme of an harangued town turning to an avenging dark angel, probably hasn't done the film any favours over the years, I myself read the synopsis and thought it's just another in the line of similarly themed pictures. Yet I was pleasantly surprised to find a darkly dramatic picture boasting many enjoyable moments, both technically and as a functioning story.

Robert Mitchum is in the lead as Tollinger, perfectly cast, he strides thru the picture like some brooding menace. We often talk about the screen presence that John Wayne and Charlton Heston had (justifiably of course), Mitchum is right up there with the best of them. One sequence here sees him standing in the shadows at the back of a room as a meeting takes place, we don't see his face, but we can feel that piercing brood staring out at us! The rest of the cast are very much in Mitchum's shadow, so really it's solely with the big man that the films acting credentials are high. Perhaps it's unfair to single out Ted de Corsia for a kick? but Man With The Gun's minor failings are with its villains, and sadly de Corsia is lacking any sort of villainesque menace.

The score from Alex North is excellently layered (fans of Spartacus will certainly be pricking their ears up) and the cinematography from Lee Garmes is highly impressive when one realises that the majority of this picture was shot on the studio lot. Directed and co-written by first time director Richard Wilson, Man With The Gun holds few surprises for the genre, but it's dark in tone, violent and above all else, highly watchable. 7.5/10