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The Gambler Wore a Gun (1961)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Western | 5 May 1961 (USA)
A gambler tries to help track down the men who hanged a rancher when he tried to thwart their cattle rustling operations by selling his ranch.


Edward L. Cahn


Orville H. Hampton (screenplay) (as Owen Harris), L.L. Foreman (story)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Davis ... Case Silverthorne (as James Davis)
Merry Anders ... Sharon Donovan
Mark Allen ... Marshal Dex Harwood
Addison Richards ... Doc Devlin
Robert Anderson ... Tray Larkin
Don Dorrell Don Dorrell ... Jud Donovan
Charles Cane Charles Cane ... Kelly Barnum
Keith Richards ... Het Larkin
John Craig John Craig ... Rebe Larkin
Joe McGuinn ... Hastings (as Joe McQuinn)
Morgan Shaan Morgan Shaan ... Thompson
Boyd 'Red' Morgan Boyd 'Red' Morgan ... Luke
Boyd Stockman ... Dave
Jack Kenney ... Bartender
Eden Hartford Eden Hartford ... Woman


The professional gambler Case Silverthorn wants to quit and retire to a small ranch in Marlpine he bought recently. On the way there he saves the Sheriff's life, who got into an ambush. However another man is dead - Will Donovan, from whom he bought the ranch! Neither the Sheriff nor Donovan's children know about the sale. So Case has to switch back to his former profession, while he tries to clarify the situation. He comes across a group of cattle thieves. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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IT WAS THE TIME OF A YOUNG AND VIOLENT FRONTIER...THE TIME FOR MEN TO STAND AND FIGHT! (original posters and print ads-all caps) See more »


Action | Drama | Western


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Did You Know?


At one point Barnum tells Larkin of 100 head of cattle "down at the Thompson ranch at South Fork". South Fork was the name of the ranch of "Jock Ewing" (Jim Davis, who plays Case Silverthorne here) on the TV series Dallas (1978). See more »


Case Silverthorne: How could you know all along?
Marshal Dex Harwood: Three of Diamonds. Tray Larkin, Diamond D. I got it.
Case Silverthorne: You know, Marshal, you're a natural-born gambler the way you read cards.
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Remake of The Lone Gun (1954) See more »

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The Mysterious hanged man!!!
27 April 2020 | by elo-equipamentosSee all my reviews

I just did remember of Jim Davis on small supporting roles on several series and movies, here he got the top billing with Merry Anders, the movie is usual B-western with a satisfying plot where a former gambler Case Silverthorne (Jim Davis) bought fifty per cent of a farm's cow without had known the real owner, just it sounds a bit strange business to believe, well arriving nearby the city he found a hanged man and the Marshall Dex Harwood (Mark Allen) fainted and slight wounded, although the grateful honest Marshall Dex seeing Case is playing cards on the bonfire, he warning Case that just allow clean games on his town, Case explains that is coming there to be a rancher from now on showing a letter as a true evidence of the sale, then Dex tells to him that the hanged man was his late partner and he had just an useless little piece of paper on their hands, then they made an fair agreement, that the Marshall keeps a mouth shout for a while to him enlighten the facts previously, fine movie that hold us until the predicable ending!!


First watch: 2020 / How many: 1 / Source: DVD-R / Rating: 6.25

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5 May 1961 (USA) See more »

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Aces Up See more »

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Zenith Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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