The Gun That Won the West

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The Gun That Won the West
Original film poster
Directed by William Castle
Produced by Sam Katzman
Written by Robert E. Kent
Starring Dennis Morgan
Paula Raymond
Richard Denning
Robert Bice
Don C. Harvey
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff
George Duning
Cinematography Henry Freulich
Edited by Al Clark
Richard Halsey
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1955 (1955-09-01)
Running time
71 min.
Country United States
Language English
Budget Unknown

The Gun That Won the West is a 1955 Technicolor Western film starring Dennis Morgan, Paula Raymond, Richard Denning, Chris O'Brien, Michael Morgan, Roy Gordon, Robert Bice, directed by William Castle and produced by Sam Katzman. The screenplay was written by Robert E. Kent. The original music score was composed by Irving Gertz.


Colonel Carrington (Roy Gordon) and his command are assigned the job of constructing a chain of forts in the Sioux Indian territory of Wyoming during the 1880s. The Colonel recruits former cavalry soldiers turned frontier scouts Jim Bridger (Dennis Morgan) and "Dakota Jack" Gaines (Richard Denning), now running a Wild West Show, to head the fort building.

Bridger and Gaines are friendly with Sioux chief Red Cloud (Robert Bice) but have reservations about the chief's 2nd in command, Afraid of Horses (Michael Morgan). Both Bridger and Gaines are confident a peace treaty with the Sioux can be made. However, if war breaks out, the cavalry is depending on getting a new type of breech loading Springfield Model 1865 rifle. Gaines, Mrs. Gaines (Paula Raymond), and Bridger arrive at the fort for the conference. Gaines gets drunk and attempts to intimidate the Indians into signing a treaty. Chief Red Fox threatens war if his territory is invaded by any troops building forts.



The film features a large amount of stock footage from Buffalo Bill.[citation needed]

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