Gun Fight (1961)

67 mins | Western | April 1961

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HISTORY

Gun Fight was shot in 1960, as part of an eight-picture deal between Zenith Pictures, Inc. and United Artists (UA), according to the 22 Nov 1960 DV. The film opened in late Apr 1961 in Bridgeport, CT, as noted in a 25 Apr 1961 Bridgeport Post item. In early May 1961, theatrical release took place in the cities of Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Long Beach, CA, where the film played at multiple theaters on a double bill with the 1961 Italian picture, The Revolt of the Slaves. ... More Less

Gun Fight was shot in 1960, as part of an eight-picture deal between Zenith Pictures, Inc. and United Artists (UA), according to the 22 Nov 1960 DV. The film opened in late Apr 1961 in Bridgeport, CT, as noted in a 25 Apr 1961 Bridgeport Post item. In early May 1961, theatrical release took place in the cities of Los Angeles, Pasadena, and Long Beach, CA, where the film played at multiple theaters on a double bill with the 1961 Italian picture, The Revolt of the Slaves. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Bridgeport Post [Bridgeport, CT]
25 Apr 1961
p. 27.
Daily Variety
22 Nov 1960
p. 1, 4.
Long Beach Independent [Long Beach, CA]
10 May 1961
p. 22.
Los Angeles Times
10 May 1961
Section A, p. 10.
Los Angeles Times
10 May 1961
Section A, p. 13.
Pasadena Independent [Pasadena, CA]
12 May 1961
p. 26.
Petaluma Argus-Courier [Petaluma, CA]
29 Jul 1961
p. 2.
Variety
28 Jun 1961
p. 9.
DETAILS
Release Date:
April 1961
Premiere Information:
Bridgeport, CT, opening: week of 25 April 1961
Los Angeles opening: 10 May 1961
Production Date:
1960
Physical Properties:
Sound
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Wayne Santley, recently discharged from the 7th Cavalry at the time of the Indian wars, travels West to join his brother Brad on a large cattle ranch. On the stagecoach, he strikes up a romantic acquaintance with Nora Blaine, a dancehall hostess whom he rescues from the advances of gambler Cole Fender during a holdup. Wayne soon learns that his brother is a rustler and an outlaw, not a rancher. Rather than join his brother's gang, Wayne goes to work at a friend's trading post and eventually marries Nora. Pawnee, one of Brad's men, convinces him that his brother led the sheriff to their hideout. He and his men seek revenge against Wayne, but when Brad is told that Wayne was actually framed by bounty hunter Cole Fender, he repents and joins Wayne on a trapping job. Angered by Brad's desertion, Pawnee and his new gang attack the two brothers. In the ensuing gunfight, the outlaws are killed, and Brad dies at his brother's side. A short time later, a daughter is born to Nora and Wayne; they name the child Bradena, after her deceased ... +


Wayne Santley, recently discharged from the 7th Cavalry at the time of the Indian wars, travels West to join his brother Brad on a large cattle ranch. On the stagecoach, he strikes up a romantic acquaintance with Nora Blaine, a dancehall hostess whom he rescues from the advances of gambler Cole Fender during a holdup. Wayne soon learns that his brother is a rustler and an outlaw, not a rancher. Rather than join his brother's gang, Wayne goes to work at a friend's trading post and eventually marries Nora. Pawnee, one of Brad's men, convinces him that his brother led the sheriff to their hideout. He and his men seek revenge against Wayne, but when Brad is told that Wayne was actually framed by bounty hunter Cole Fender, he repents and joins Wayne on a trapping job. Angered by Brad's desertion, Pawnee and his new gang attack the two brothers. In the ensuing gunfight, the outlaws are killed, and Brad dies at his brother's side. A short time later, a daughter is born to Nora and Wayne; they name the child Bradena, after her deceased uncle. +

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AFI Life Achievement Award

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