Hostile Guns


HOSTILE GUNS—-as opposed to Well-Meaning Guns. Barrel-bottom 1967 western takes a passel of recognizable actors—some stars on their career downslope, some reliable supporting players—and gives them enough of a paycheck to limp to the next lowbrow project. “Heard a lot of lead whistle while your pa was at my elbow. So I’m putting a stack of chips on the proposition that you’re not all big mouth. That there’s a streak of man in you.”

Directed by R.G. Springsteen, the 91 minutes of this tamale may offer idle chuckling after a few beers with an old friend.  Lead character is christened ‘Gid McCool’. Stunt doubles are markedly obvious in the fight scenes. Trying valiantly: George Montgomery, Tab Hunter, Yvonne  DeCarlo (with eyelashes borrowed from a drag queen), Brian Donlevy, John Russell, Leo Gordon, Robert Emhardt, Pedro Gonzalez-Gonzalez, James Craig, Richard Arlen, Emile Meyer, Donald Barry, Fuzzy Knight, William Fawcett, Roy Jenson. “If all the ugly people was thrown in a heap, you’d be on top.”  




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