13 user 6 critic

At Gunpoint (1955)

Approved | | Western | 25 December 1955 (USA)
The peace-loving owner of a general store, who became a town hero when he luckily killed the leader of a gang of bank robbers, is deserted by the townspeople who fear the threatened return of the vengeful bandits.


Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker)


Daniel B. Ullman (story and screenplay)


Learn more

More Like This 

Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A robber in custody, becomes wanted for murder when his younger brother kills a deputy sheriff to help him escape.

Director: Paul Wendkos
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Lin McCarthy, Dorothy Green
Pushover (1954)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Undercover cop falls for the beautiful moll of a bank robber on the run and together they double-cross the hood and the cops.

Director: Richard Quine
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Kim Novak, Philip Carey
Certificate: Passed Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him.

Director: Russell Rouse
Stars: Glenn Ford, Jeanne Crain, Broderick Crawford
Quantez (1957)
Action | Crime | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Gang of robbers heads for Mexican border, meets unexpected opposition along the way.

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Dorothy Malone, James Barton
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After claiming his daughter's childhood-sweetheart killed the marshal, one man finds himself in conflict with his daughter, his fiancée and many of the townsfolk.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Margaret Hayes, Robert Vaughn
Run for Cover (1955)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Mistaken for train robbers, Matt Dow and Davey Bishop are shot at by the sheriff and his posse but they are cleared and hired as lawmen.

Director: Nicholas Ray
Stars: James Cagney, Viveca Lindfors, John Derek
Adventure | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After the death of a rancher his three sons run the ranch but one of them is seen as a coward because of his reluctance to gunfight.

Director: Abner Biberman
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Jeffrey Hunter, Janice Rule
Rage at Dawn (1955)
Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A special agent from Chicago is sent out west to bring in the notorious Reno brothers.

Director: Tim Whelan
Stars: Randolph Scott, Forrest Tucker, Mala Powers
Certificate: Passed Thriller | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A bounty hunter trying to bring a murderer to justice is forced to accept the help of two less-than-trustworthy strangers.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: James Stewart, Janet Leigh, Robert Ryan
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

During the Civil War, a group of Confederates escapes from the Union POW camp at Fort Bravo but has to contend with the desert, the Mescalero Apaches and the pursuing Union troops.

Director: John Sturges
Stars: William Holden, Eleanor Parker, John Forsythe
Tumbleweed (1953)
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a wagon train is wiped-out by the Yaqui Indians, the surviving guide Jim Harvey is accused of desertion and cowardice but Jim escapes the town jail in search of the truth.

Director: Nathan Juran
Stars: Audie Murphy, Lori Nelson, Chill Wills
Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A honorable drifter constantly on the run finds his enemies closing in around him.

Director: Robert Parrish
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Julie London, Gary Merrill


Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Jack Wright
Dorothy Malone ... Martha Wright
Walter Brennan ... Doc Lacy
Tommy Rettig ... Billy Wright
Skip Homeier ... Bob Dennis
John Qualen ... Livingstone
Whit Bissell ... Clem Clark
Irving Bacon ... Al Ferguson
Jack Lambert ... Kirk
John Pickard ... Alvin Dennis
James Griffith ... The Stranger (Bob Alexander)
Harry Shannon ... Marshal MacKay
Frank Ferguson ... Marshal George Henderson
James O'Hara ... Wally (as James Lilburn)
Harry Lauter ... Federal Marshal


The Dennis gang wants to rob the bank of the sleepy peaceful town of Plainview, Texas. Small town banks like this one have less money than large city banks but they're easy prey. Barlow, the gang's contact in town, assures them that Plainview only has an old marshal, Pete MacKay, who shouldn't pose any problem. The gang heads to Plainview. In town, storekeeper Jack Wright runs his store with wife Martha and brother-in-law Wally. Marshal MacKay and doctor Lacey are playing chess inside the store. Jack Wright makes his daily deposit at the bank and then returns to the store. The Dennis gang arrives and robs the bank, killing a teller and the alerted marshal. In the street, storekeeper Jack Wright picks the dead marshal's gun up and shoots fleeing robber Alvin Dennis, from a great distance. Townsman George Henderson finishes Alvin off with a shotgun. The bandit drops the loot and the bank recovers it. The townsfolk proclaim Jack Wright and George Henderson to be heroes. Storekeeper Jack ... Written by nufs68

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


STARTLING as looking down the barrel of a loaded gun! See more »




Approved | See all certifications »






Release Date:

25 December 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gun Point See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


Box Office

Gross USA:

See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Joel McCrea was originally cast as Jack Wright. See more »


[first lines]
[Bob Dennis is practicing aiming and firing his gun]
Alvin Dennis: You're sure itchin' to use that thing again, ain't ya?
Bob Dennis: Never hurts to be ready.
Alvin Dennis: You're always ready. Put it away.
Bob Dennis: You're nervous, huh?
Alvin Dennis: Yeah, well, I wouldn't be if it wasn't for you.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

A gang decides to return to a town and avenge a death carried out by a honorable shopkeeper
14 November 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The Dennis band (Skip Homeier , Jack Lambert and others) wishes to rob the bank of the sleepy and quiet town of Plainview, Texas . There the honest storekeeper Jack Wright (Fred MacMurray , though Joel McCrea was originally cast ) settles down for a peaceful existence and he runs his general store with wife Martha (Dorothy Malone) , brother-in-law and accompanied by their child Billy Wright (Tommy Rettig) . Then the gang steals the bank, killing a teller and the alerted Sheriff is shot , too . In the street, store keeper Jack Wright picks the dead marshal's gun up and shoots from a great distance, fleeing stealers , and the outlaws drop the loot and escape . As when his beloved sibling is murdered , Bob Dennis exacts vengeance , the killing marks the turning point of transition from a robber , to bent on vendetta . Later on , a new town Marshal abandones his employment , despite the disagreements of townspeople around him . Shortly after , Wright must face the bunch of deadly killers alone when the gang leader, an avenger outlaw and his hoodlums arrive in the town . Bob Dennis (SkipHomeier) has sworn revenge and he will early arrive to the small town to reckoning .

This classic and traditional western is plenty of suspense as the dreaded hour approaches and the protagonist realizes he must stand alone but his fellow town people for help , nobody is willing to help him . Just when the previous sheriff about to leave , comes a vengeful gunman and his henchmen , as our protagonist is deserted by the townspeople who fear the threatened return of the nasty bandits . It is still a run-of-the-mill entry in Western genre . The film has an interesting premise similar to the classy ¨High Noon¨by Fred Zinneman with Gary Cooper , Grace Kelly , as the intimate starring is also left , instead of showing support for him , the citizens' committee advises Jack to sell his store and leave town for good . At the end starts a small war between the revengers and the loner seller with unexpected results . Fred McMurray gives a decent acting as the peace-loving owner of a general store who became a town hero when he luckily killed the leader of a gang of bank robbers . This is one of a clutch of acceptable horse operas Fred made in the forties , in the late 50s and the early sixties , such as ¨Texas Rangers¨, ¨The trail of the lonesome Pine¨, ¨A gun for a coward¨, ¨Good day for a hanging¨ and this ¨At gunpoint¨. Although MacMurray also played other genres as drama , adventures , wartime , children films , such as : The happiest millionaire , The shaggy dog , Son of Flubber , The absent-minded profesor , The princess come across , The Caine mutiny , Dive bomber , Above suspicion , Murder he says , The miracle of the bells , Alice Adams , The apartment , and Noir film as the classy : Double indemnity . He is accompanied by an important plethora of notorious secondaries . As the movie contains a great support cast , plenty of familiar faces from vintage Westerns such as : Walter Brennan , John Qualen , Whit Bissell ,Irving Bacon , James Griffith , John Pickard, Jack Lambert ,Ray Barcroft ,Irving Bacon ,Harry Shannon and Frank Ferguson .

The motion picture was professionally directed by Alfred L Welker . He was a good craftsman who made films of all kinds of genres , especially ¨Noir¨ and Westerns , such as : 1953 Devil's canyon , 1953 The Last Posse , 1951 Sealed Cargo , 1947 Pirates of Monterrey , 1947 Repeat Performance ,1944 My Pal Wolf , 1944 I walked by night ,1942 Whispering Ghosts ,1942 The Mad Martindales ,1939 Sherlock Holmes vs. Moriarty ,1939 News Is Made at Night , 1939 It Could Happen to You ,1938 Up the River , 1938 Gateway , 1938 Kidnapped ,1938 City Girl , 1937 Big Town Girl ,1937 Wild and Woolly ,1937 We Have Our Moments , 1936 Love in Exile ,1934 You Belong to Me ,1933 Advice to the Lovelorn , among others . Rating : 6/10 . Acceptable and passable film that will appeal to Western aficionados .

4 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 13 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Recently Viewed