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Forty Guns
     

Forty Guns

Director: Samuel Fuller

Cast: Barbara Stanwyck, Barry Sullivan, Dean Jagger

 
Cult hero Samuel Fuller wrote and directed this visually inventive western, which didn't fare well with American audiences but earned a potent reputation with European cineastes. Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck) is a despotic landowner who, with a posse of hired guns, has made herself the law of Cochise County, Arizona, with the weak-willed sheriff Ned Logan (Dean

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Cult hero Samuel Fuller wrote and directed this visually inventive western, which didn't fare well with American audiences but earned a potent reputation with European cineastes. Jessica Drummond (Barbara Stanwyck) is a despotic landowner who, with a posse of hired guns, has made herself the law of Cochise County, Arizona, with the weak-willed sheriff Ned Logan (Dean Jagger) knuckling under to her demands. One day, Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan), a one-time gunfighter turned United States Marshall, arrives with his brothers Wes (Gene Barry) and Chico (Robert Dix) to restore democratic law and order to Cochise County. Griff soon tangles with Drummond's brother Brockie (John Ericson), though Jessica is attracted to the new lawman, and Griff finds love with female gunsmith Louvenia Spangler (Eve Brent). Griff and Louvenia marry, but on their wedding day, Brockie murders Wes, and Griff, who takes pride in the fact that he has never fired his gun since becoming a marshal, must now break his vow of non-violence.

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From its opening scene of Jessica Drummond's (Barbra Stanwyck) forty mounted henchmen thundering across the western landscape to the decidedly unconventional gunfight that concludes it, Forty Guns is a Samuel Fuller film all the way. Never content to respect the laws of a genre, Fuller pumps his yarn full of borderline corny melodrama and blatant sexual innuendo ("Are you still interested in my gun," Barry Sullivan's Griff asks Jessica as they snuggle in an abandoned cabin. And that's just one of many examples.) Like Nicholas Ray's Johnny Guitar, Forty Guns uses the Western as a vehicle for the maverick artistic impulses of its one-of-a-kind director. One of only two Westerns directed by Fuller (the other was his even more bizarre debut feature I Shot Jesse James, which went so far as to imply a dysfunctional homoerotic relationship between James and his assassin, Robert Ford), Forty Guns is, like many of his films, a strange cross between a guilty pleasure and a great piece of cinematic art.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
UPC:
0024543172918
Original Release:
1957
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:19:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Barbara Stanwyck Jessica Drummond
Barry Sullivan Griff Bonnell
Dean Jagger Ned Logan
John Ericson Brockie Drummond
Gene Barry Wes Bonnell
Eve Brent Louvenia Spangler
Robert Dix Chico Bonnell
Eddie Parks Sexton
Jack "Judge" Carroll Bamey Cashman
Sandra Wirth Chico's Girl
Paul Dubov Judge Macey
Gerald Milton Shotgun Spangler
Ziva Rodann Rio
Hank Worden John Chisum
Neyle Morrow Wiley
Chuck Roberson Howard Swain
Chuck Hayward Charlie Savage

Technical Credits
Samuel Fuller Director,Producer,Screenwriter
L.B. Abbott Special Effects
Harold Adamson Songwriter
Chester L. Bayhi Set Decoration/Design
Joseph Biroc Cinematographer
Norman Breedlove Special Effects
Linwood G. Dunn Special Effects
Gene Fowler Editor
Harold E. Knox Asst. Director
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
William Magginetti Production Manager
John Mansbridge Art Director
Leah Rhodes Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert J. Schiffer Makeup
Walter Scott Set Decoration/Design
Jean L. Speak Sound/Sound Designer
Harry Sukman Score Composer,Songwriter

Scene Index

Side #1 -- Full Screen
1. Main Titles [3:57]
2. Going Blind [2:32]
3. Time for a Bath [2:16]
4. A Little Fun [2:47]
5. Local Sheriff [4:12]
6. Speedy Release [3:25]
7. Trademark [5:38]
8. Locked Up [1:20]
9. Freak [4:42]
10. In the Back [2:21]
11. A Good Hideout [3:43]
12. Last Stop [3:13]
13. The Plan [:46]
14. One Shot [5:57]
15. Truest Gun in the West [2:56]
16. A Wedding... [3:19]
17. ...And a Funeral [3:16]
18. Losing It All [1:09]
19. Eye for an Eye [7:11]
20. Heading Out [1:59]
Side #2 -- Widescreen
1. Main Titles [3:57]
2. Going Blind [2:32]
3. Time for a Bath [2:16]
4. A Little Fun [2:47]
5. Local Sheriff [4:12]
6. Speedy Release [3:25]
7. Trademark [5:38]
8. Locked Up [1:20]
9. Freak [4:42]
10. In the Back [2:21]
11. A Good Hideout [3:43]
12. Last Stop [3:13]
13. The Plan [:46]
14. One Shot [5:57]
15. Truest Gun in the West [2:56]
16. A Wedding... [3:19]
17. ...And a Funeral [3:16]
18. Losing It All [1:09]
19. Eye for an Eye [7:11]
20. Heading Out [1:59]

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