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|TOP GUN (director: Ray Nazarro; screenwriters: from the story by Steve Fisher/Steve Fisher/Richard Schayer; cinematographer: Lester White; editors: Henry Adams/Dwight Caldwell; music: Irving Gertz; cast: Sterling Hayden (Rick Martin), William Bishop (Canby Judd), Karen Booth (Laura Mead), James Millican (Marshal Bat Davis), Regis Toomey (Jim O'Hara), Hugh Sanders (Ed Marsh), John Dehner (Tom Quentin), Rod Taylor (Lem Sutter), William 'Bill' Phillips (Gorse); Runtime: 74; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Edward Small; Fame Pictures; 1955)|
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Ray Nazarro ("Gun Belt"/"Kansas Pacific"/"The Phantom Stagecoach") helms this stale minor Western. It's an obvious rip-off of High Noon (1952). Based on a story by Steve Fisher, who cowrites it with Richard Schayer.
Famed gunman Rick Martin (Sterling Hayden) returns
hometown of Casper, Wyoming, to visit his beloved
mother's grave and
sheriff Bat Davis (James Millican) that outlaw Tom
and a gang of 15 will pull a raid on the town
tomorrow. The town
ostracizes Rick, not wanting his help and asking him
to leave. To add
Rick's gripe with the town, he learns that Canby Judd
killed his mother so he can swindle her ranch and he's
engaged to his
Laura Mead (Karen Booth). When Bat and his deputies
get gunned down,
every man for himself. The cowardly townspeople are
forced to ask Rick
to be sheriff. In the final showdown, Laura comes to
her senses and
Rick by plugging Canby before he can shoot the real
hero of the pic in
the back as he duels with Quentin. It ends in a
Rick clearing his name and tying the knot with Laura.
The couple shove
off to California for a fresh start, as the
townspeople beg them to
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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