Gunfighters (1947)

Genres - Western  |   Sub-Genres - Outlaw (Gunfighter) Film  |   Release Date - Jul 15, 1947 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 87 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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A Western noir despite the presence of Cinecolor, Gunfighters is a thoroughly adult Western in the best meaning of the word. People bleed and get hurt during several well-executed fistfights. They also ride hell-bent for leather and horses tumble almost too convincingly for comfort. Forrest Tucker plays an hombre so tough that he twice stubs out a cigarette in the palm of his hand. Grant Withers is beaten more mercilessly here than in all his B-Western appearances combined. Only the girls get off scot-free despite the fact that one, Barbara Britton, plays a prairie femme fatale who stands by her man, the unscrupulous Bruce Cabot, 'til the bitter end. Her near lookalike sister, Dorothy Hart, falls instead for Randolph Scott, the gunfighter who wants to go straight but can't because even his best friend ends up drawing on him. Scott is rock solid as usual and once again proves what a remarkably subtle actor he was. Gunfighters, although released by Columbia Pictures, was a joint production between Scott and B-Western veteran Harry Joe Brown and heralded a new era in Hollywood where stars finally reclaimed the power that had been taken away from them by the movie moguls in the 1920s.