|FOUR FAST GUNS (director: William J. Hole Jr.; screenwriters: James Edmiston/Dallas Gaultois; cinematographer: John M. Nickolaus, Jr.; editors: Henry F. Salerno/Reginald Brown/Harold Wooley; music: ; cast: James Craig (Tom Sabin), Brett Halsey (Johnny Naco), Martha Vickers (Mary), Edgar Buchanan (Dipper), Paul Richards (Hoag), Blu Wright (Farmer Brown), Richard Martin (Quijano), John Swift (Zodie Dawes); Runtime: 72; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Kenneth Altose; Odeon Entertainment; 1960)|
western is interesting only because it's so
by Dennis Schwartz
William J. Hole
Jr. ("The Devil's
Hand"/"Springtime in the Rockies"/"The Ghost of Dragstrip
Hollow") helms this obscure B western. James Edmiston and Dallas Gaultois co-write the script. It's
set in the 1870s, in a small town in Arizona.
Tom Sabin (James Craig)
rides into the wild town of Purgatory, that has a sign
that says "When You Ride Into Purgatory, Say
Goodbye to God," and notifies everyone he is the "town
tamer" and will restore law and order. The
wheelchair-bound invalid, Hoag (Paul Richards), runs
things in town and is the local saloon-owner. His
unsatisfied wife, Mary (Martha Vickers),
hits it off with Sabin. This irks the cripple and he
orders three hired killers to gun him down. But Sabin
gets the better of them. So Hoag sends the outlaw
Johnny Naco (Brett Halsey)
to do the job. He's Sabin's brother.
The oddball western is interesting only because it's so strange, otherwise it's second-rate.
REVIEWED ON 1/19/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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