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The Man Behind the Gun (1953)

An undercover government agent battles insurrectionists whose want Southern California to secede and become a slave state.

Director:

Felix E. Feist (as Felix Feist)

Writers:

John Twist (screenplay), Robert Buckner (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Randolph Scott ... Major Ransome Callicut
Patrice Wymore ... Lora Roberts
Dick Wesson ... Sgt. 'Monk' Walker
Philip Carey ... Capt. Roy Giles
Lina Romay ... Chona Degnon
Roy Roberts ... Sen. Mark Sheldon
Morris Ankrum ... Bram Creegan
Katherine Warren ... Phoebe Sheldon (as Katharine Warren)
Alan Hale Jr. ... Cpl. Olaf Swenson
Douglas Fowley ... Buckley
Anthony Caruso ... Vic Sutro (as Tony Caruso)
Clancy Cooper ... 'Kansas' Collins
Robert Cabal ... Joaquin Murietta
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Storyline

Posing as a schoolteacher, undercover government agent Ransome Callicut arrives in 1850's California to gather intelligence about an insurrectionist plot to have the southern part of the state secede to become a slave state. When he discovers a hidden cache of weapons, he reveals his true identity and assumes command of the local army post. Aided by sidekicks Monk Walker and Olaf Swenson he battles political assassination and other intrigues to unmask the ringleader of the plot and keep the Golden State in the Union. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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An Easy-Going Gent with Deadly Guns...and a Reputation to Match!

Genres:

Western

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Rebell von Kalifornien See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1953
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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

The film is set in 1850s. Most, if not all, of the firearms employed in the film post-date the American Civil War (1861-1865). Examples include Colt Single-Action Army revolvers and various lever-action rifles that first appear in the 1870s. See more »

Quotes

Sgt. 'Monk' Walker: [In disguise as a pioneer woman] If I die like this, don't bury me. Just perfume the body.
Cpl. Olaf Swenson: You'll do! At a distance you look just like a woman.
Sgt. 'Monk' Walker: Anybody who don't keep that distance gets surprised!
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Features San Antonio (1945) See more »

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Adios, Mi Amor
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Written by Nestor Amaral
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A Serious Mission
11 July 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

The Man Behind The Gun is a Randolph Scott western with Randy on a most serious mission. He's going undercover in southern California just before the Civil War to prevent a secessionist plot from taking California out of the union or at a very least splitting off southern California as a separate state for the southern Confederacy to be.

Scott's only got two allies from his previous army service Alan Hale,Jr., and Dick Wesson whom he can rely on. The situation is such that he can't tell who's on what side, least of all the army commander in the Los Angeles area, Philip Carey.

The film boasts a top notch cast of players that include Roy Roberts, Douglas Fowley, Anthony Caruso, Katharine Warren, Morris Ankrum, and as a young Joaquin Murietta, Robert Cabal. The two female leads are Patrice Wymore better known as the third Mrs. Errol Flynn and band singer Lina Romay who formally was with both the Xavier Cugar Orchestra and the Bing Crosby radio show at different times. Romay gets to sing a couple of sultry songs in Spanish. Also since this was a Warner Brothers film, Some Sunday Morning which was introduced in the Errol Flynn film San Antonio gets interpolated here.

Telling you who the head of the secessionist group would spoil things, but I will say it's one very deadly individual.

The Man Behind The Gun is a very good Randolph Scott western which would please his still devoted legion of fans.


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