Day of the Evil Gun

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Day of the Evil Gun
Day of the Evil Gun FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Jerry Thorpe
Produced by Jerry Thorpe
Written by Charles Marquis Warren
Starring Glenn Ford
Arthur Kennedy
Music by Jeff Alexander
Cinematography W. Wallace Kelley
Edited by Alex Beaton
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release dates
March 1, 1968 (1968-03-01)
Running time
95 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Day of the Evil Gun is a 1968 American traditional western starring Glenn Ford, Arthur Kennedy, and Dean Jagger. It was directed by Jerry Thorpe.


A woman and two children are kidnapped by Apaches. The husband Lorne Warfield (Glenn Ford), enlists the help of his neighbor Owen Forbes (Arthur Kennedy) to find his captured family. Warfield is a former gunman trying to forget his violent past. Forbes, a decent and humane rancher, is also in love with Warfield's wife and feels guilty that he let her be captured without trying to help. An Indian trader (Dean Jagger) aids them in their quest. Along the way they are encounter Mexican bandits, Apache warriors, renegade soldiers, and a town blighted by cholera. While Warfield in his cynicism immediately recognizes malevolent motives, each encounter results in further stripping Forbes of his humanity and making him accustomed to killing. The search eventually leads them to the Apache camp where they rescue the woman and children. Safely back home, Forbes challenges Warfield (who is now unarmed, trading his gun to a storekeeper for clothing for his family) to a duel, but he refuses. Forbes shoots Warfield in the back, wounding him. Before he can finish him off, he is shot and killed by the storekeeper using Warfield's gun.


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