Gunfighters (1947)

87 mins | Western | July 1947

Director:

George Waggner

Writer:

Alan LeMay

Producer:

Harry Joe Brown

Cinematographer:

Fred Jackman Jr.

Editor:

Harvey Manger

Production Designer:

George Van Marter

Production Company:

Producers-Actors Corp.
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Twin Sombreros . Although this picture was filmed in color, the viewed print was in black and white. The opening credits are shown over the scene in which "Brazos Kane" is called out by his best friend, "Tom." After wounding "Tom," "Brazos" renounces his guns and vows to lead a peaceful life. Gunfighters marked the motion picture debut of former cover girl Dorothy Hart (1922--2004). ... More Less

The working title of this film was Twin Sombreros . Although this picture was filmed in color, the viewed print was in black and white. The opening credits are shown over the scene in which "Brazos Kane" is called out by his best friend, "Tom." After wounding "Tom," "Brazos" renounces his guns and vows to lead a peaceful life. Gunfighters marked the motion picture debut of former cover girl Dorothy Hart (1922--2004). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
14 Jun 1947.
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Daily Variety
6 Jun 1947.
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Film Daily
6 Jun 47
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jun 47
p. 3.
New York Times
25 Jul 47
p. 12.
Variety
11 Jun 47
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Dial dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
MUSIC
Mus score
Mus supv
SOUND
COLOR PERSONNEL
Cinecolor supv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Twin Sombreros by Zane Grey (New York, 1941).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Twin Sombreros
Release Date:
July 1947
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 24 July 1947
Production Date:
10 September--28 October 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Columbia Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 June 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1031
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Color
Cinecolor
Duration(in mins):
87
Country:
United States
PCA No:
12209
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

After his best friend challenges him to a showdown to prove his prowess, Brazos Kane, a gunfighter who made his reputation during the Panhandle Wars, renounces his guns and rides out to join his old friend Bob Tyrell, a cowhand at the Inskip ranch. Brazos arrives at the ranch just in time witness Bob's murder. After Bob's attackers ride off, Brazos takes his body to the nearby Banner ranch. Banner, a powerful rancher bent on building an empire by eradicating all the small ranchers in the territory, accuses Brazos of Bob's murder and orders Bill Yount, a deputy sheriff in his employ, to arrest him. Before riding off with Yount, Brazos hands the bullet that murdered Bob to Jane, Banner's daughter, and sends her to alert Inskip of his peril. As Yount readies to hang Brazos, Inskip rides to his rescue and frees him. Later, Brazos surrenders to Sheriff Kiscaden, who dismisses the charges against him for lack of evidence. Brazos then rides back to the Banner ranch to retrieve the bullet from Jane. Mistaking Jane's sister Bess for Jane, Brazos asks for the return of the bullet. Afterward, Bess, who is in love with ranch foreman Bard Macky, the man who murdered Bob, tells Bard about the bullet and promises to secure it for him. After realizing his error, Brazos rides to the Inskip ranch, where he is befriended by Johnny O'Neil, an idealistic young cowhand with dreams of attaining Brazos' prowess with a gun. When Brazos shows Inskip the boot print made by Bob's killer, Inskip identifies the boot as custom-made. Soon after, Johnny is attacked by rustlers, ... +


After his best friend challenges him to a showdown to prove his prowess, Brazos Kane, a gunfighter who made his reputation during the Panhandle Wars, renounces his guns and rides out to join his old friend Bob Tyrell, a cowhand at the Inskip ranch. Brazos arrives at the ranch just in time witness Bob's murder. After Bob's attackers ride off, Brazos takes his body to the nearby Banner ranch. Banner, a powerful rancher bent on building an empire by eradicating all the small ranchers in the territory, accuses Brazos of Bob's murder and orders Bill Yount, a deputy sheriff in his employ, to arrest him. Before riding off with Yount, Brazos hands the bullet that murdered Bob to Jane, Banner's daughter, and sends her to alert Inskip of his peril. As Yount readies to hang Brazos, Inskip rides to his rescue and frees him. Later, Brazos surrenders to Sheriff Kiscaden, who dismisses the charges against him for lack of evidence. Brazos then rides back to the Banner ranch to retrieve the bullet from Jane. Mistaking Jane's sister Bess for Jane, Brazos asks for the return of the bullet. Afterward, Bess, who is in love with ranch foreman Bard Macky, the man who murdered Bob, tells Bard about the bullet and promises to secure it for him. After realizing his error, Brazos rides to the Inskip ranch, where he is befriended by Johnny O'Neil, an idealistic young cowhand with dreams of attaining Brazos' prowess with a gun. When Brazos shows Inskip the boot print made by Bob's killer, Inskip identifies the boot as custom-made. Soon after, Johnny is attacked by rustlers, sending Brazos into town to notify the sheriff. While in town, Brazos meets Bess, and noticing the custom-made boot print on the bottom of her wagon floor, accuses her of being at Inskip's ranch on the night of the murder. Later, at his friend Jose's cantina, Brazos is confronted by Hen Orcutt, one of Banner's men, who orders him to get out of town. Afterward, Yount tries to trample Brazos under his horse's hooves, but Brazos pulls him from his mount and pummels him. When Brazos returns to the ranch, Johnny urges him to strap on his guns, but instead, Brazos sends him to ask Jane for the bullet. At the Banner ranch, Johnny gives the message to Bess, who sets up a meeting for later that night at the mission. That evening, Bess begs Brazos to leave town and tries to cajole him with an embrace. Just then, Jane appears and when she angrily claims to have discarded the bullet, Brazos realizes that Bess must have stolen it to protect Bard. The next day, Bess rides to the Inskip ranch and tells Inskip that Bard and Hen are waiting to ambush Brazos at Monument Rock. When Inskip rides to Monument Rock to investigate, he is shot and killed by Hen. Later, Brazos brings Inskip's body back to the ranch, straps on the dead man's guns and sets out to avenge his murder. Outside of town, the sheriff cautions Brazos that Yount and his thugs are waiting to ambush him. Brazos ignores his warning, however, and rides into town, followed by Johnny. At the sheriff's office, Brazos shoots Yount in the arm and legs until he finally admits that Banner ordered Bob's murder. To decoy Yount's thugs, Johnny jumps on Brazos' horse and gallops out of town, only to be shot in the back by his pursuers. Jane, who has learned of her father's infamy from Bess, begs Brazos to be lenient to him and then rides home to pack her belongings. Soon after, Brazos appears at the Banner ranch, calls Hen out and guns him down. After Brazos bests Bard in a showdown, Jane pulls the gun from Bard's hand and shoots her father as he takes aim at Brazos' back. The sheriff then arrives, notifies Brazos that he intends to bring charges against Banner and Bess and orders Brazos to leave the state. After Brazos unbuckles his guns and rides off, Jane joins him along the trail to start life anew. +

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