Gunslinger (1956)

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After her husband is gunned down, Rose Hood takes his place temporarily as Marshal of a small Western town.


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  • Beverly Garland and Allison Hayes in Gunslinger (1956)
  • Allison Hayes and John Ireland in Gunslinger (1956)
  • Beverly Garland and Allison Hayes in Gunslinger (1956)
  • Margaret Campbell and Martin Kingsley in Gunslinger (1956)
  • Beverly Garland and John Ireland in Gunslinger (1956)

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10 January 2003 | bsmith5552
5
| Interesting Early Corman Effort!
"Gunslinger" was an early "B" western drama from Producer/Director Roger Corman. Shot in color on a shoestring budget, it is nevertheless an interesting little western.

When Rose Hood's (Beverly Garland) husband the Marshal is murdered, she is forced to strap on a gunbelt and take over his job. The local saloon madam Erica Page (Alison Hayes) feels threatened, she sends her lovesick bartender Jake (Jonathon Haze) to hire a gunslinger to kill the marshal. All in black gunfighter Cane Miro (John Ireland) rides into town to take on the job. It seems that Cane also has an axe to grind with the town's mayor (Martin Kingsley). Of course Cane becomes attracted to Rose and she to him. Cane is torn between the two women. But he ultimately succumbs to his dark side and the finale involves the final shootout between Rose and Cane.

Corman adds a few little twists that make this film a cut above your average "B" western. First there is a female villain in Erica and a knock down drag out fight between herself and Rose. Next there is a sequence where the three saloon girls try to lynch Rose. There is also an excellent scrap involving Ireland and Chris Alcaide playing the deputy Joshua.

The acting is above average for a Corman picture of this period. Garland, always one of my personal western gals, is good in the lead. Ireland, always under rated, is excellent as the title character. Alison Hayes makes a chilling villain and Corman regular Haze is quite good as the simple minded Jake.

This film is certainly worth a look.

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