Five Guns West

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Five Guns West
Five Guns West FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed by Roger Corman
Produced by Roger Corman
Written by R. Wright Campbell
Starring John Lund
Dorothy Malone
Mike Connors
Jonathan Haze
Production
company
Paolo Alto[1]
Distributed by American Releasing Corporation
Release date
  • April 15, 1955 (1955-04-15)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $60,000[2]
Box office 554,911 admissions (France)[3]

Five Guns West is a 1955 Western film set during the American Civil War directed by Roger Corman. It was Corman's first film as director although he had already made two as producer. It was the second of two films he made for the American Releasing Company, which later became American International Pictures.[4]

The film stars Dorothy Malone, John Lund and Mike Connors. The cast also includes R. Wright Campbell, who wrote the screenplay.

Plot[edit]

Five men, due to be hanged, accept a pardon to join the Confederate army. Their tasks is to go after a traitor and a shipment of stolen gold. They end up taking a woman, Shalee Jethro, captive and begin fighting over her, before one of the men, Govern Sturges, intervenes on her behalf.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

This movie was Dorothy Malone's first film following the death of her younger brother.[5]

R. Wright Campbell was paid $200 to write the script; his first screenplay.[6] Corman served as producer and director to save money. R. Wright Campbell acted in addition to the screenplay duties. This marked the first time Corman worked with long time collaborator Floyd Crosby.[7]

It was shot over nine days.[8] Corman reportedly went over budget making the movie.[9]

Reception[edit]

DVD Savant found "The movie is less interesting for its quality than its place in the development of independent production. "[10] TV Guide gave the movie 2 out of 5 stars, finding it similar to other westerns of the time.[11] Variety found the movie acceptable for smaller venues,but found it to have too much talking and not enough action

Home Release[edit]

The movie is available on line for free from several sites, including YouTube,[12] and released on DVD in 2003 [13]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Of Local Origin New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 09 Nov 1954: 30.
  2. ^ Samuel Z Arkoff & Richard Turbo, Flying Through Hollywood By the Seat of My Pants, Birch Lane Press, 1992 p 35
  3. ^ Box office information for Roger Corman films in France at Box Office Story
  4. ^ SIRK WILL DIRECT UNIVERSAL MOVIE: Lot Again Signs Jane Wyman and Rock Hudson to Co-Star in 'All That Heaven Allows' By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 28 Oct 1954: 47.
  5. ^ Whole Town's Talking About F.S. The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959) [Washington, D.C] 15 Nov 1954: 22.
  6. ^ Mark McGee, Faster and Furiouser: The Revised and Fattened Fable of American International Pictures, McFarland, 1996 p22
  7. ^ Frank (1996) The Films of Roger Corman
  8. ^ Roger Corman & Jim Jerome, How I Made a Hundred Movies in Hollywood and Never lost a Dime, Muller, 1990 p 27
  9. ^ Gary Smith, American International Pictures: The Golden Years, Bear Manor Media 2014 p 18
  10. ^ http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s823five.html
  11. ^ http://www.tvguide.com/movies/five-guns-west/review/114828/
  12. ^ https://video.search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?fr=yhs-mozilla-002&hsimp=yhs-002&hspart=mozilla&p=five+guns+west+review#id=6&vid=b7d3416efc7e7643835467c214306f23&action=click
  13. ^ http://www.dvdtalk.com/dvdsavant/s823five.html

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