A Man Called Gannon (1969)

105 mins | Western | 1969

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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Sonora, California. The film is a remake of Man Without a Star (Universal, 1955). Beauchamp and Chase are the original screenplay writers; Kearney wrote the ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Sonora, California. The film is a remake of Man Without a Star (Universal, 1955). Beauchamp and Chase are the original screenplay writers; Kearney wrote the revision. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Scr (see note)
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
Set coordinator
COSTUMES
Cost des
Ward
MUSIC
Mus supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Prod mgr
Scr supv/dial coach
Stunt coordinator
Stills
Gaffer
Main titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Man Without a Star by Dee Linford (New York, 1952).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"A Smile A Mem'ry and an Extra Shirt," music by Dave Grusin, lyrics by Marilyn Bergman and Alan Bergman, sung by Dave Grusin.
DETAILS
Premiere Information:
Kansas City, Missouri, opening: 14 May 1969
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
8 March 1968
Copyright Number:
LP38880
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
Techniscope
Duration(in mins):
105
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Gannon, a saddle tramp, hops aboard a freight train leaving Kansas City, and when the train stops, he rescues Jess Washburn, a young runaway tied to the tracks by an angry lineman. Gannon allows Jess to accompany him to the small town of Union Wells, where Jess becomes a willing student in the ways of the West. After Gannon has renewed his relationship with Matty, one of the local prostitutes, he and Jess sign on as hired hands for Beth, a young ranch widow. Anxious to move to the city, Beth intends to make herself wealthy in one season by bringing in 1,500 cattle and selling them before winter. The neighboring ranchers, however, are determined to stop her before the cattle destroy the grazing pastures they need for their winter cows. As the ranchers threaten to close off the grazing fields with barbwire fences, Beth pleads with Gannon to help fight the opposition. When he refuses to take her side, she seduces young Jess into helping her. Gannon tries to ward off the bloodshed by delaying the arrival of a trainload of barbwire; when this fails, he sides with the ranchers against Jess by helping put up their fences. During the showdown, Jess begs his former idol to stay out of the fighting and shoots Gannon in the arm when he refuses. Enraged, Gannon throws a rope around Jess, humiliates him by dragging him through the dirt, and then lectures him on the senselessness of gunfighting. Embarrassed and tearful, Jess watches Gannon ride ... +


Gannon, a saddle tramp, hops aboard a freight train leaving Kansas City, and when the train stops, he rescues Jess Washburn, a young runaway tied to the tracks by an angry lineman. Gannon allows Jess to accompany him to the small town of Union Wells, where Jess becomes a willing student in the ways of the West. After Gannon has renewed his relationship with Matty, one of the local prostitutes, he and Jess sign on as hired hands for Beth, a young ranch widow. Anxious to move to the city, Beth intends to make herself wealthy in one season by bringing in 1,500 cattle and selling them before winter. The neighboring ranchers, however, are determined to stop her before the cattle destroy the grazing pastures they need for their winter cows. As the ranchers threaten to close off the grazing fields with barbwire fences, Beth pleads with Gannon to help fight the opposition. When he refuses to take her side, she seduces young Jess into helping her. Gannon tries to ward off the bloodshed by delaying the arrival of a trainload of barbwire; when this fails, he sides with the ranchers against Jess by helping put up their fences. During the showdown, Jess begs his former idol to stay out of the fighting and shoots Gannon in the arm when he refuses. Enraged, Gannon throws a rope around Jess, humiliates him by dragging him through the dirt, and then lectures him on the senselessness of gunfighting. Embarrassed and tearful, Jess watches Gannon ride away. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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