The Stranger Wore a Gun

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The Stranger Wore a Gun
The Stranger Wore a Gun Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by André DeToth
Produced by Harry Joe Brown
Screenplay by Kenneth Gamet
Based on "Yankee Gold"
1953 story
by John W. Cunningham
Music by Mischa Bakaleinikoff (uncredited)
Cinematography Lester White
Edited by
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 30, 1953 (1953-07-30) (USA)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Stranger Wore a Gun is a 1953 Technicolor Western film directed by Andre DeToth, and starring Randolph Scott and Claire Trevor.[1] Based on the short story "Yankee Gold" by John W. Cunningham, the film is about a former spy who moves to Arizona to join a gold robbery, but reconsiders and decides to change his life. The film is one of the first 3-D western movies; it earned an estimated $1.6 million at the North American box office in 1953.[2] The supporting cast features Joan Weldon, George Macready, Alfonso Bedoya, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine.


Jeff Travis (Randolph Scott), a former spy for Quantrill's Raiders, rides to Arizona to start a new life. Finding that his reputation has preceded him, crooked Jules Mourret (George Macready) hires him to monitor a series of gold shipments, in preparation for a major robbery. Travis falls in love with Shelby Conroy (Joan Weldon), daughter of freight-line operator Jason Conroy (Pierre Watkin), and decides to turn honest.


Continuity Error[edit]

Shortly after the halfway point, Shelby mistakenly calls Randolph's character, "Jeff" who is known to her at this specific time in the movie as, "Mark," in the following line, "Jeff, I know you've done everything you could to help us..."[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The Stranger Wore a Gun". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Top Box Office Hits of 1953", Variety, January 13, 1954.
  3. ^ "Full cast and crew for The Stranger Wore a Gun". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved September 6, 2012. 

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