The Gunman (1952)

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Dan Forester, a small town New Mexico newspaper editor, spots an outlaw wanted for murder. He sends word to Whip Wilson, a Texas lawman anxious to make an arrest. When Wilson arrives, he ... See full summary »


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5 November 2018 | boblipton
| My Word, Wilson is a Poor Actor!
When evildoer Lane Bradford is spotted, Texas Ranger Whip Wilson crosses over the border, only to find a town controlled by Braford's gang and sheriff Russ Whiteman has given up. Wilson plays half the lawman and half the vigilante to solve the situation, while his deputy, Rand Brooks courts Phyllis Coates.

Wilson was one of the last entries to Monogram's list of B Western stars, given a fancy moniker and a trademark whip for the kiddie market. He was also one of the worst actors; he can't seem to speak except when he's standing still, and his delivery is uniformly emphatic instead of seeming to have any emotional content. He does occasionally twitch an eyebrow.

Director Lewis D. Collins does his best, thanks to a good script by Fred Myton and some fine camerawork by longtime B cinematographer Ernest Miller. Miller shot more than 300 movies, the great majority of them westerns, from 1921 through 1954, then retired to the small screen, where he shot several early episodes of GUNSMOKE.

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