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Gunman's Walk (1958)

Approved | | Western | July 1958 (USA)
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A powerful rancher always protects his wild adult son by paying for damages and bribing witnesses, until his crimes become too serious to rectify.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent), Ric Hardman (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Lee Hackett
Tab Hunter ... Ed Hackett
Kathryn Grant ... Clee Chouard
James Darren ... Davy Hackett
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Deputy Sheriff Will Motely
Robert F. Simon ... Sheriff Harry Brill
Edward Platt ... Purcell Avery
Ray Teal ... Jensen Sieverts
Paul Birch ... Bob Selkirk
Michael Granger Michael Granger ... Curly
Will Wright ... Judge
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Storyline

Widower Lee Hackett (Van Heflin), a cattle rancher who is a product of the old west, tries to bring up his two sons, Ed (Tab Hunter)and Davy (James Darren), in his image, but Ed is wild and unruly. The two brothers are both attracted to Clee Chourard ('Kathryn Grant(I)') but she prefers Davy. Ed's efforts to outshine his father and brother and everyone else leads him into a career of a gunfighter, and a confrontation with his father. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlinl.net>

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SIX-FEET-TWO OF MAD-DOG KILLER (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Western

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The film's "interiors" were all built on the Hollywood's Gower Gulch Columbia Pictures' film studio lot, on the Sunset-Gower Columbia Corporation's Studio Sound stages. During the Columbia Corporation's 1970-1972 reorganization, the corporate moved to join, merge, with Warner Brothers to form The Burbank Studio. The Columbia 'Burbank' Ranch became the property of Warner Brothers. In the meantime, the Sunset-Gower Columbia Studio's 14-acre property sat fallow, a scavenging crew stripped the sound-stages, offices complex for all the electrical copper-wiring. In 1977, the phantom studio property was purchased by Sol Pick-Nicholas Vanoff Enterprises, re-titled "The Sunset Gower Studios". The new Pick-Vanoff tenant had the additional expense of replacing the entire studio facilities electrical wiring, fuse box, and applicable electrical requirements for the "entire" lot-property, including the studio's construction mill building. See more »

Goofs

When Lee Hackett leaves town, chasing after his jailbreak son, Ed, he is riding a "right-maned" horse. When he catches up with Ed, he is on a "left-maned" (different) horse. See more »

Quotes

Deputy Sheriff Will Motely: Lee, you and I grew up in our own times - Ed's got to learn to grow up in his, and times have changed!
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Referenced in The Swinging Sixties: Movie Marathon (2019) See more »

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I'm A Runaway
by Fred Karger & Richard Quine
Sung by Tab Hunter (uncredited)
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The seed of this tree was nurtured with a gun and raised violently.
18 February 2014 | by thinker1691See all my reviews

The western Novel written by author Ric Hardman, is the bases for this film called " Gunman's Walk. " But the title is deceptive. It should have been called, ' The violent seed, ' . Directed by Phil Karlson, it tells the story of a brooding, malcontented young man (Tab Hunter) who was raised by his father (Van Heflin) to be rough, tough, and hard drinking. What little discipline the father offered was misplace and shoddy. Anything which could torn from the land was acceptable, if not it could always be bought, traded for, or stolen. The law, as seen by the Hacketts' is seen as a hindrance and as a last resort. The Hackett name was a powerful brand which produced fear and often as not, the father saw to it no one stood in his way. James Darren, who plays Davy Hackett, is the other son which the father disliked, is believed to be a half breed and the weaker of the two boys. The movie is fast paced but shallow and tab Hunter is seen as caring the entire weight of the film on his wild shoulders. Still, for a 1950's a western, it marks a turning point for the country and for later sagas. ****


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Slicks See more »

Filming Locations:

Patagonia, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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