Shotgun (1955)

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When vengeful Ben Thompson ambushes and kills Marshal Mark Fletcher with a shotgun Deputy Marshal Clay Hardin pursues the Thompson gang.



  • Yvonne De Carlo and Sterling Hayden in Shotgun (1955)
  • Zachary Scott in Shotgun (1955)
  • Yvonne De Carlo and Sterling Hayden in Shotgun (1955)
  • Sterling Hayden in Shotgun (1955)
  • Yvonne De Carlo in Shotgun (1955)
  • Yvonne De Carlo and Zachary Scott in Shotgun (1955)

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26 January 2019 | MartinHafer
| Competent if a bit uninspiring.
Sterling Hayden was a good, macho actor with a nice screen presence. Because he was so good, even a rather routine western like "Shotgun" is worth seeing.

The film begins with the Marshall being gunned down by Thompson and his gang. Their weapon...a shotgun. Deputy Marshall Clay Harden (Hayden) is all set to retire...but he cannot allow himself to leave the Marshall unavenged. So, he tracks the gang members though the Arizona countryside as he picks them off one by one. Along the way, he meets a superfluous woman, a sleazy bounty hunter and a whole lotta Apache.

The film is lovely to look at, as it's in color and the Sedona countryside is spectacular. Less spectacular is the plot, as Yvonne De Carlo's role isn't especially necessary AND some of the dialog between her and Hayden is downright silly. Also silly is the duel at the end...a bit hard to believe. But the film, on balance has a bit more to like than dislike and if you enjoy the genre, give this one a look.

By the way, this film has a rattlesnake...if you are deathly afraid of snakes, better try another movie!

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