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Town Tamer (1965)

Approved | | Western | 14 October 1965 (West Germany)
A gunfighter is hired to clean up a wild frontier town, but there are forces afoot who want to keep the town as wide-open as it is.

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writers:

Frank Gruber (novel), Frank Gruber (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Tom Rosser
Terry Moore ... Susan Tavenner
Pat O'Brien ... Judge Murcott
Lon Chaney Jr. ... Mayor Charlie Leach (as Lon Chaney)
Bruce Cabot ... Riley Condor
Lyle Bettger ... Lee Ring / Marshal Les Parker
Richard Arlen ... Doctor Kent
Barton MacLane ... James Fenimore Fell
Richard Jaeckel ... Deputy Johnny Honsinger
Philip Carey ... Jim Akins
Sonny Tufts ... Carmichael
Coleen Gray ... Carol Rosser
DeForest Kelley ... Guy Tavenner
Jeanne Cagney ... Mary Donley
Don 'Red' Barry ... 'Tex' (as Donald Barry)
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Storyline

The life of Tom Rosser, a town-taming gunman-for-hire, takes a turn when a bullet meant for him, from the gun of a renegade, Lee Ring, kill's Rosser's wife, Carol, instead. Ring, had been sent by the ruthless Kansas gang-leader, Riley Condor, to kill Rosser. The latter goes to White Plains, supposedly to look over property to but his agenda is to kill Condor. Word gets around that Rosser is in town and Condor realizes that his gunslinging henchmen, Horsinger, Tavenner, Slim Akins, Flon and Ring, are no match for Rosser, and he sets in motion a plan that will use the law to eliminate Rosser. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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kansas | year 1879 | widow | doctor | ranch | See All (25) »

Taglines:

THIS WAS THE TOWN WHERE HE MUST KILL...OR BE KILLED! (original poster - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1965 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Revolver diskutieren nicht See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

A.C. Lyles Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

In a hotel lobby fight scene against Dana Andrews, DeForest Kelley was doubled by a recognizable Michael Landon, making his sole stunt double appearance in a feature film. See more »

Goofs

Susan Tavaner's (Terry Moore) hair was so modern, and the lipstick color definitely 1960s. See more »

Quotes

Doctor Kent: Next time you feel in need of exercise go out and tackle a Montana grizzly bear. He won't maul you as much as Flon.
Tom Rosser: Flon won't touch me again. I'll shoot him down if he makes another threatening move.
Tom Rosser: [the doctor offers him a drink] No thanks.
Doctor Kent: [he empties the glass] Now you know the worst. I drink.
Mayor Charlie Leach: [enters] How's he doing?
Doctor Kent: He'll live.
Mayor Charlie Leach: Good. The last man Flon mangled is gonna be crippled the rest of his life.
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Soundtracks

Town Tamer
Music by Jimmie Haskell
Lyrics by "By' Dunham'
Sung by The Three D's
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Veteran character actors lift this above the budget and director
6 December 2017 | by a666333See all my reviews

This is far from being a high budget blockbuster with sweeping cinematography, high level production values and innovative writing. It has to rely on the actors working on sets that could have and probably were used in television westerns. Fortunately, the actors, most being solid character types, deliver the goods very professionally and carry the story and the viewer's interest. That acting even manages to overcome some dull and predictable directing.

Dana Andrews shows the effects of years of alcohol by this point and although that actually plays to the lead character, one suspects the movie would have been elevated with someone like Glenn Ford in that role but no doubt he would have needed a higher pay cheque as well. Terry Moore could have been given more to do as they downplayed romance in favour of the building confrontation. But she definitely looks good handles what she is given well.

Pat O'Brien, Lon Chaney Jr., Bruce Cabot, Lyle Bettger, Richard Arlen, Barton MacLane, Richard Jaeckel all show up like old friends who have done these roles a dozen times each but what could have been stale characterizations are instead well dished out from practised professionals still trying to earn their pay and their next job.


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