|GUN THE MAN DOWN (aka: ARIZONA MISSION) (director: Andrew V. McLaglen; screenwriters: Burt Kennedy/story by Sam Freedle; cinematographer: William Clothier; editor: A. Edward Sutherland; music: Henry Vars; cast: James Arness (Rem Anderson), Robert Wilke (Matt Rankin), Don Megowan (Ralph Farley), Angie Dickinson (Janice), Emile Meyer (Sheriff Morton), Michael Emmet (Billy Deal), Harry Carey Jr.(Deputy Lee); Runtime: 78; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Robert Morrison; MGM; 1956)|
is certainly not original."
by Dennis Schwartz
directorial debut of Andrew V. McLaglen ("The
Rare Breed"/"The Ballad of Josie"/"Bandolero!"), the
son of Victor, is not a particularly good one and the
story is certainly not original. The low-budget film
is shot in b/w. The script is by Burt Kennedy. The
story is by Sam Freedle.
1880, Rem Anderson (James Arness, the future TV star
of the popular Gunsmoke), Matt Rankin
(Robert Wilke) and Ralph Farley (Don
Megowan) rob a frontier town bank and
get away with $40,000, but Rankin kills a guard and
Rem is too wounded to travel. As Rem lies wounded in
their cabin hide-out, the two outlaws force Rem's
saloon singer girlfriend, Janice (Angie
Dickinson, film debut), to go with them.
Rem's arrested and serves some time in prison,
vowing revenge on his cohorts who abandoned him.
When released he tracks the two bandits and Jan to a
border town in the Arizona Territory. Rankin is a
saloon owner, Farley works in the saloon and Jan has
become Rankin's lover. The frightened Rankin hires
for $5,000 local gunfighter Billy Deal (Michael
Emmet) to kill Rem, but he
dies in the gun duel. Sheriff
Morton (Emile Meyer) calls it self-defense
and does not arrest Rem. The
trio thereafter flee town, but Rem tracks them down
in a canyon and gets his revenge without being
REVIEWED ON 12/13/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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