Gunfighters is a 1947 American Western film directed by George Waggner and starring Randolph Scott and Barbara Britton. Based on the novel Twin Sombreros by Zane Grey (the sequel of Knights of the Range) and with a screenplay by The Searchers author Alan Le May, the film is about a gunfighter who lays down his guns after being forced to shoot his best friend, and decides to become a cowhand on a ranch. The film was released in the United Kingdom as The Assassin.
|Directed by||George Waggner|
|Produced by||Harry Joe Brown|
|Screenplay by||Alan Le May|
|Based on||Twin Sombreros|
by Zane Grey
|Music by||Rudy Schrager|
|Cinematography||Fred Jackman Jr.|
|Edited by||Harvey Manger|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
Trying to put his life as a gunfighter behind him, Brazos Kane (Randolph Scott) goes off to join old pal Bob Tyrell at the Inskip ranch. As Brazos approaches the spread, he hears a gunshot and sees two people riding off. He finds his friend shot dead.
Brazos takes the body to the Banner ranch, but the ruthless Banner (Griff Barnett) has him arrested for the murder by Yount (Grant Withers), a corrupt deputy. Brazos has the bullet that killed his friend and slips it to Jane Banner (Dorothy Hart), the rancher's daughter.
Inskip (Charley Grapewin) frees him before Brazos can be summarily hanged. Brazos makes the mistake of trusting Bess (Barbara Britton), Jane's sister, but she is in love with ranch foreman Bard Macky (Bruce Cabot), the man who killed Tyrell.
Brazos refuses to strap on his guns, but Yount (Grant Withers) and hired gun Orcutt (Forrest Tucker) try to ambush him or run him off. Inskip is murdered in cold blood and so is young cowhand Johnny O'Neil (John Miles), which is the last straw for Brazos. He arms himself and goes after the bad guys, wounding Yount several times to make him talk, then calling out Orcutt and Bard for a final showdown, with Jane's help.
- Randolph Scott as Brazos Kane
- Barbara Britton as Bess Banner
- Bruce Cabot as Bard Macky
- Charley Grapewin as Rancher Inskip
- Steven Geray as Jose aka Uncle Joe
- Forrest Tucker as Hen Orcutt
- Charles Kemper as Sheriff Kiscaden
- Grant Withers as Deputy Bill Yount
- John Miles as Johnny O'Neil
- Griff Barnett as Mr. Banner
- Dorothy Hart as Jane Banner
Gunfighters was filmed on location at Andy Jauregui Ranch and Monogram Ranch in Newhall, California, Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park in Agua Dulce, California, and Sedona, Arizona.
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- Gunfighters at AllMovie
- Gunfighters at the American Film Institute Catalog
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