The Man Behind the Gun (1953)

The Man Behind the Gun (1953)





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Man Behind the Gun is a standard-issue Randolph Scott western elevated by good performances and exciting action sequences. Scott plays Callicut, newly arrived in the bustling mid-19th century metropolis of Los Angeles. Outwardly just another soldier of fortune, Callicut is actually an undercover agent for the government, sent to LA to investigate a covert organization that hopes to make Southern California a separate state. When he finds the time, he romances schoolteacher Lora Roberts (Patrice Wymore), whose life he'd previously saved during a stagecoach holdup. Callicut's rival for Lora's attentions is Roy Giles (Philip Carey), a hotheaded Army captain who may be in on the secessionist movement. Once Callicut finds out who's behind the movement, all hell breaks loose. Robert Cabal makes a brief appearance in Man Behind the Gun as a supposedly harmless Latino who turns out to be firebrand desperado Joaquin Murietta. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Action & Adventure , Western
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Randolph Scott
as Major Ransome Callicut
Patrice Wymore
as Lora Roberts
Dick Wesson
as Sgt. 'Monk' Walker
Phil Carey
as Capt. Roy Giles
Philip Carey
as Capt. Roy Giles
Lina Romay
as Chona Degnon
Roy Roberts
as Mark Sheldon
Morris Ankrum
as Bram Creegan
Katherine Warren
as Phoebe Sheldon
Douglas Fowley
as Buckley
Anthony Caruso
as Vic Sutro
Clancy Cooper
as `Kansas' Collins
Robert Cabal
as Joaquin Murietta
James Brown (II)
as Lt. Catliff
Reed Howes
as Roberts aka The Dude
Rory Mallinson
as Sgt. Riley
John Logan
as Trooper
Vici Raaf
as Saloon Girl
Lee Morgan
as Trooper
Ray Spiker
as Trooper
Edward Hearn
as Maj. Nichols
Terry Frost
as Townsman
Charles Horvath
as Buckley Henchman Knifed by Joaquin
Art Millian
as Waiter
Rex Lease
as Lookout
Jack Parker
as Horseman
Billy Vincent
as Henchman
Edward Colmans
as Carillo
Herbert Deans
as Nichols, Mayor
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Routine Western elevated by the presence of Randolph Scott.

Full Review… | April 10, 2011
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