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The Quick Gun (1964)

The Quick Gun poster

Audie Murphy was not an ordinary man but sometimes he made quite ordinary westerns, usually with quite a strong moralistic message. Here he’s Clint the titular sharpshooter, exiled from his hometown after killing two brothers before they killed him. When he returns to reclaim his late father’s ranch and to protect his old friends from a marauding gang led by Spangler (Ted de Corsia), he’s not welcome. Sheriff Scotty (James Best) tells him there are easier ways to commit suicide, old sweetheart schoolteacher Merry Anders says it’s too late as she’s now engaged to the Sheriff. The invariable confrontations occur as the father of the dead boys has a bone to pick but you’ll probably not see the twist ending coming, and very satisfying it is too. Sidney Salkow is on directing duties.

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