Gun the Man Down (1956)

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    • Gun the Man Down (1956)

      AKA: Arizona Mission


      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Three outlaw buddies rob a bank, but one of them is wounded. His two partners and his girlfriend take his share of the loot and run off, leaving him to be captured by the sheriff. Years later, after he gets out of prison, he goes in search of his double-crossing partners and his faithless girlfriend. He finds them in a semi-deserted, run-down town, but instead of killing them right away, he decides to play cat-and-mouse with them first.
      Written by frankfob2

      Full Cast
      James Arness ... Rem Anderson
      Emile Meyer ... Sheriff Morton
      Robert J. Wilke ... Matt Rankin (as Robert Wilke)
      Harry Carey Jr. ... Deputy Lee
      Don Megowan ... Ralph Farley
      Michael Emmet ... Billy Deal
      Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Hotel Man (as Gonzalez Gonzalez)
      Angie Dickinson ... Janice
      Frank Fenton ... (uncredited)
      Robert Hinkle ... 2nd Sheriff (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Sam Freedle story (as Sam C. Freedle)
      Burt Kennedy

      Original Music
      Henry Vars

      William H. Clothier

      Shot in Shot in nine days.

      Produced by John Wayne's brother Robert E. Morrison.

      Film credits say "Introducing Angie Dixkinson."

      Gun the Man Down remains arguably most notable for containing actress Angie Dickinson's first starring role. She would go on to star in successful films such as Rio Bravo opposite John Wayne
      and Dean Martin, Ocean's Eleven with Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin, Captain Newman, M.D. opposite Gregory Peck, The Killers (in which she's slapped in the face by villain Ronald Reagan)
      and Point Blank, both opposite Lee Marvin, and The Chase with Marlon Brando and Robert Redford.

      James Arness was later recommended by Gun the Man Down producer John Wayne for the role of
      Marshal Matt Dillon in the television version of Gunsmoke, a part Arness played for the next twenty years.
      Wayne introduced the series in a film clip shown immediately before the initial episode while seated
      at a table in cowboy garb speaking directly to the camera. Arness had earlier portrayed the
      Frankenstein-like "carrot monster" glimpsed in the conclusion of Howard Hawks'
      1951 version of The Thing. Arness' brother was actor Peter Graves.

      Andrew V. McLaglen, the movie's director, was the son of actor and former boxer Victor McLaglen,
      and went on to direct ninety-six episodes of Gunsmoke starring James Arness as well as five movies
      starring Gun the Man Down producer John Wayne, among many others.

      Gun the Man Down also remains notable for being the first movie McLaglen directed.

      (at around 45 mins) There is a power pole complete with transformer visible in the background.

      Audio/visual unsynchronised
      When Rem Anderson (James Arness) confronts Ralph Farley as Farley is trying to leave town after spotting Rem, a fistfight ensues. Most of the fist-hitting-face sounds are muted and barely sound like light slaps, some are totally missing, such as the punch from Rem that knocks Farley under a wagon. But all of the other fistfight noises are there, such as wood collapsing when prop posts and railings give way.

      Revealing mistakes
      When Rem Anderson (James Arness) is brought back from the robbery wounded, and is laid on the table, his girlfriend Janice (Angie Dickinson) checks him and says he's lost a lot of blood and can't be moved. Yet after they leave him, he gets up and staggers around fairly well, with no evidence of blood on him at all.

      Filming Locations
      Jack Ingram Ranch - 22255 Mulholland Drive, Woodland Hills, Los Angeles, California, USA
      (town and some exterior photography)

      Samuel Goldwyn Studios - 7200 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Hollywood, California, USA

      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Productions- Gun the Man Down (1956)

      Gun the Man Down is a 1956 western film
      starring James Arness and Angie Dickinson
      in her first leading role.
      Directed by the now promoted Andrew McLaglen
      with camerawork by favourite William H. Clothier
      Produced by Duke's brother, Robert E. Morrison
      for John Wayne's Batjac Productions.

      User Review

      Good B-Western
      18 January 2011 | by ksneath (United States)

      This little B-Western with James Arness in one of his last non-Gunsmoke starring roles seems to have been heretofore almost forgotten, judging by the lack of ratings and reviews here. I recently happened upon it on Netflix and decided to give it a try. While perhaps not deserving of a spot among the great westerns, it surprised me because it was truly quite good and deserves more attention than it's received.

      The plot, in short, involves Arness as one of three men who decide to hold up a bank. Arness is injured in the robbery, and subsequently left behind by his compatriots and, reluctantly, by his girl as well (Angie Dickinson, looking radiant in her first billable role). After being caught, convicted, and serving time for his part in the hold-up, he goes seeking his "friends" and his girl, bent on revenge.

      The biggest thing that struck me about this little "BATJAC" western was the steady, deliberate pacing of the story and the focus on characters more so than on shoot-em-up, chase-em-down action. There's more tension than action (in fact, one could legitimately call it a suspense film), and I appreciated the refreshing change of pace from most B westerns (or westerns in general, for that matter). Besides, at a slim 74 minutes, it simply can't drag on forever.

      This is a very thoughtful western in many respects. Characters are given much more life than you might expect. In particular, we see some interesting interaction between Sheriff Morton (Emile Meyer) and his deputy (Harry Carey, Jr.). The sheriff, who obviously is well past his gunslinging years, handles violence in his town sagely, keeping a close watch on events, while not putting himself in a position where his age would certainly compromise his life or his ability to do his job.

      Again, it's not a perfect movie, but I was quite pleasantly surprised, and it's probably one of the best b-westerns I've seen. I recommend it.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Duke's Productions- Gun the Man Down (1956)

      What a great review by ksneath, I almost thought that I was watching the movie (-;

      And Amazon comes to the rescue for those wanting to purchase . . .

      A mere $11.99

      Chester :newyear:

    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Gun the Man Down (1956)

      One of Duke's Batjac Productions
      which was originally posted in his comprehensive work.
      I have moved it here as these were critically acclaimed movies,
      and deserve better exposure
      Best Wishes
      London- England