Gun Fury (1953)

Approved   |    |  Action, Adventure, Crime

Gun Fury (1953) Poster

In Arizona, Frank Slayton's gang robs a stagecoach and kidnaps Ben Warren's fiancée, prompting Warren to pursue Slayton.

Add this title to your Watchlist
Save movies and shows to keep track of what you want to watch.



  • Rock Hudson in Gun Fury (1953)
  • Gun Fury (1953)
  • Gun Fury (1953)
  • Donna Reed in Gun Fury (1953)
  • Gun Fury (1953)
  • Rock Hudson and Donna Reed in Gun Fury (1953)

See all photos

More of What You Love

Find what you're looking for even quicker with the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet.

Get the IMDb app

Reviews & Commentary

Add a Review

User Reviews

20 February 1999 | stryker-5
Routine Western Action With Rock Hudson
"I'm sick of violence and force," says Ben Warren, the rich young rancher who is taking his fiancee Jennifer to California for their wedding. Like most Americans of his generation, he served in the Civil War and was disgusted by the slaughter. Now he is devoted to working his big spread and marrying his beautiful girl (played by Donna Reed).

Unfortunately, the barren South West is not remote enough from recent history. Men have crossed the Rockies to escape from the bitterness back East, but they have carried their violence westwards with them.

The film is the story of a stagecoach holdup which turns into an abduction, then a manhunt. Ben Warren (Rock Hudson) sets off after the bad guys who kidnapped his bride-to-be, and pursues them across the Arizona desert.

A standard horse opera, "Gun Fury" contains no more than the average complement of guns and precious little fury. There are absurdities in the storyline, like the holdup with fake cavalry escort, and the ease with which the 'good guys' recover from seemingly mortal harm (Ben is shot dead, apparently, but then gets up and carries on as if nothing happened, and Jess is almost dead from sunstroke but quickly rallies and rides after Slayton). The trade of Jennifer for Jess is silly, not least because Jess would never want to rejoin Slayton's gang.

One directorial quirk exhibited by Raoul Walsh is the way in which any character who throws something (knife, rock, pottery) has a victim's-point-of-view cutaway inserted. The viewer is, for an instant, seemingly the target of the missile. The purpose of this oddity is to exploit the 3-D format in which the film was originally shot.

The only other talking point is the presence of Lee Marvin and Neville Brand as bad guys in Slayton's gang.

Verdict - workmanlike western, but nothing special

Critic Reviews

More Like This

  • The Man from Colorado

    The Man from Colorado

  • The Lawless Breed

    The Lawless Breed

  • Man in the Saddle

    Man in the Saddle

  • Posse from Hell

    Posse from Hell

  • Hangman's Knot

    Hangman's Knot

  • Tennessee's Partner

    Tennessee's Partner

  • Man with the Gun

    Man with the Gun

  • Dakota Incident

    Dakota Incident

  • The Maze

    The Maze

  • Backlash


  • Hondo


  • Al Capone

    Al Capone


Plot Summary


Action | Adventure | Crime | Romance | Western

Our Favorite Trailers of the Week

See our favorite trailers in under a minute, including a first look at Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the newest comedy from Amy Poehler.

Watch our trailer of trailers

Featured on IMDb

Check out our guide to superheroes, horror movies, and more.

Around The Web


Powered by ZergNet

More To Explore

Search on