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Hostile Guns (1967)

Western involving a U.S. marshal who takes a prison wagon full of criminals and misfits to the state penitentiary, and finds that a female passenger is the woman he once loved.

Director:

R.G. Springsteen

Writers:

Steve Fisher (screenplay), Sloan Nibley (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Montgomery ... Sheriff Gid McCool
Yvonne De Carlo ... Laura Mannon
Tab Hunter ... Mike Reno
Brian Donlevy ... Marshal Willett
John Russell ... Aaron Pleasant
Leo Gordon ... Hank Pleasant
Robert Emhardt ... R. C. Crawford
Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez ... Angel Dominguez (as Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez)
James Craig ... Ned Cooper
Richard Arlen ... Sheriff Travis
Emile Meyer ... Uncle Joe Reno
Don 'Red' Barry ... Ed Johnson (as Donald Barry)
Roy Jenson ... Troublemaking Spectator
Fuzzy Knight ... Buck, Reno Cowboy
William Fawcett ... Ollie Jensen
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In 1860s Texas, ranch hand Mike Reno has a fist fight with his ranch owner uncle over some unpaid wages. Mike is finally paid his back wages and heads for the nearest town where he gambles his wages away in a saloon. Unhappy about the loss, Mike starts a disturbance in the saloon and he is promptly arrested by local Marshal Gideon McCool. In jail, Mike is awaiting the next transport to the larger Huntsville territorial prison. Also awaiting transfer to the prison is fellow jailbird Aaron Pleasant who was arrested for mistakenly shooting a child in the dark street and subsequently sentenced to death by hanging. Marshal Willett tasks Marshal Gideon McCool to transport these prisoners to Huntsville using an improvised purpose-built prison wagon. The road to Huntsville passes through the Texas badlands and the Marshal feels he needs at least one more deputy in order to fulfill his task. Realizing that Mike Reno is not a real criminal he suggests that he pay a 50 dollar fine instead of ... Written by nufs68

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A wagonload of condemned criminals on his hands...a gang of desperadoes on his trail! See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Texas-Desperados See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Production Co:

A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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More tepid than hostile.
24 May 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Not a great deal to write home about here, Hostile Guns is every inch a late 1960s Oater clinging on to the fading embers of a genre that was at the time moving in another direction. It's directed by R.G. Springsteen and co-written by Steve Fisher, Sloan Nibley and James Edward Grant. It stars George Montgomery, Yvonne De Carlo, Tab Hunter, Brian Donlevy, John Russell and Leo Gordon. Music is by Jimmie Haskell and the Techniscope/Technicolor photography is by Lothrop Worth.

Plot has Montgomery as Sheriff Gid McCool, who is tasked with escorting a wagon of prisoners through the plains. Tricky since one of the prisoners has cohorts desperate to break him free, while another one is an old flame!

Tab Hunter is in the cast to bring down the average age of the cast, many of whom are going through the motions and are clearly in it to pick up a late in their career pay cheque. It's very much indicative of an A.C. Lyles production, the mixture of airy location shooting and crude rear projection work is most disconcerting. Brian Donlevy is front page billed but is in the film for two minutes, while the stunt doubles are ridiculously evident - which via the splicing are actually insulting. On the plus side there's a nice print available which showcases the good use of colour, and Gordon provides some good grumpy villainy, but it all trundles towards the inevitable climax, which all things considered isn't worth the wait. 5/10


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