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|Gun Fight (director: Edward L. Cahn; screenwriters: story by Gerald Drayson Adams/Gerald Drayson Adams/Richard Schayer; cinematographer: Walter Strenge; editor: Robert Carlisle; music: Paul Sawtell/Bert Shefter; cast: James Brown (Wayne Santley), Joan Staley (Nora Blaine), Gregg Palmer (Brad Santley), Ron Soble (Pawnee), Ken Mayer (Joe Emery), Walter Coy (Sheriff), Charles Cooper (Cole Fender), Connie Buck (Coheela), John Damler (Hank), Kate Murtah (Molly); Runtime: 67; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Robert E. Kent; 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment; 1961)|
|"No surprises here."
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Edward L. Cahn ("Pier 5, Havana"/"Redhead"/"Dragstrip
Girl") in a workmanlike way directs this lively low-budget b/w Western
set in Wyoming. It's based on the story by Gerald Drayson Adams, who writes the
screenplay with Richard Schayer.
Cavalry sergeant Wayne Santley
Brown) is on the stage to Laramie
with sexy dance hall singer Nora Blaine (Joan Staley) and slimeball gambler Cole Fender (Charles
Cooper) that gets held-up by the Nighthawk gang, who
kill the shotgun guards and driver. Wayne doesn't realize that his
brother Brad (Gregg
Palmer), whom he hasn't seen for
the last six years, is the leader of the ruthless gang. When Wayne
doesn't re-enlist, he meets Nora in Laramie and tells her his brother
wants him to become partners in his ranch.Wayne meets his brother in
his hideout and discovers he was the one who robbed the stage, and is
not a rancher as he claims. After leaving the hideout, Wayne meets Nora
in the dance hall and returns the valuable brooch heirloom stolen from
her and then plans to go onto Jackson Hole and become a trapper. Nora
chooses to remain in Laramie. Cole overhears their conversation and
tells the sheriff (Walter Coy), who wounds in the
shoulder the escaping Wayne. Nora nurses Wayne and he brings her to his
brother's lair to recuperate for the night. But one of the outlaws, the
mean-spirited half-breed Pawnee (Ron Soble), believes Wayne ratted on
his brother to the sheriff, and Wayne decides to sneak away to Jackson
Hole with Nora that night. As the gambler, interested in the reward
money, leads the sheriff to the hideout, there's a shootout. The posse
wipes out the gang except for Pawnee and Brad, who go onto Jackson Hole
trailing Wayne. Pawnee has poisoned Brad's mind thinking his brother
In the end, the brothers reunite and stand off Pawnee and
five Jackson Hole outlaws recruited to steal the valuable furs in Joe
Emery's trading post, with Brad giving up his life to save his brother
and pregnant wife.
No surprises here. But it won me over with such lovable
tacky dialogue, as one of the brothers saying in all colloquial
seriousness: "Bible words don't fit my lips, anymore."
REVIEWED ON 2/14/2011 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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