Review: ‘Forty Guns’

Samuel Fuller in triple capacity of producer-scripter-director has devised a solid piece of entertainment which has femme star Barbara Stanwyck playing a ruthless Arizona ranch owner, the boss of Cochise County. Into her realm rides Barry Sullivan and his two brothers, former an ex-gun slinger now working for the US Attorney General, his fame with a gun preceding him.

Samuel Fuller in triple capacity of producer-scripter-director has devised a solid piece of entertainment which has femme star Barbara Stanwyck playing a ruthless Arizona ranch owner, the boss of Cochise County. Into her realm rides Barry Sullivan and his two brothers, former an ex-gun slinger now working for the US Attorney General, his fame with a gun preceding him.

He’s in Tombstone on official business, which means conflict with femme, who rules her domain, including the sheriff, with an iron hand. Further complications arise between the two, even as a romance develops, over Stanwyck’s brother (John Ericson), a brawling, would-be killer.

Stanwyck socks over her role in experienced style and Sullivan is persuasive as the marshal who loses his 10-year record for non-killing by gunning down Ericson after latter has murdered his brother (Gene Barry).

Forty Guns

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Samuel Fuller; Producer Samuel Fuller; Screenplay Samuel Fuller; Camera Joseph Biroc; Editor Gene Fowler Jr; Music Harry Sukman; Art Director John Mansbridge

Crew

(B&W) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1957. Running time: 76 MIN.

With

Barbara Stanwyck Barry Sullivan Dean Jagger John Ericson Gene Barry Eve Brent

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