The Man Behind the Gun/Thunder Over the Plains/Riding Shotgun [2 Discs] [DVD]

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The Man Behind the Gun/Thunder Over the Plains/Riding Shotgun [2 Discs] (DVD)  (English)  1952 - Larger Front
  • The Man Behind the Gun/Thunder Over the Plains/Riding Shotgun [2 Discs] (DVD) (English) 1952
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Synopsis

The Man Behind the Gun
Man Behind the Gun is a standard-issue Randolph Scott western elevated by good performances and exciting action sequences. Scott plays Callicut, newly arrived in the bustling mid-19th century metropolis of Los Angeles. Outwardly just another soldier of fortune, Callicut is actually an undercover agent for the government, sent to LA to investigate a covert organization that hopes to make Southern California a separate state. When he finds the time, he romances schoolteacher Lora Roberts (Patrice Wymore), whose life he'd previously saved during a stagecoach holdup. Callicut's rival for Lora's attentions is Roy Giles (Philip Carey), a hotheaded Army captain who may be in on the secessionist movement. Once Callicut finds out who's behind the movement, all hell breaks loose. Robert Cabal makes a brief appearance in Man Behind the Gun as a supposedly harmless Latino who turns out to be firebrand desperado Joaquin Murietta. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Riding Shotgun
In this western, a shotgun rider on a stagecoach must clear his reputation after some outlaws accuse him of being a crook. Gunplay ensues. ~ Sandra Brennan, Rovi

Thunder over the Plains
Randolph Scott is as strong and silent as ever in Thunder Over the Plains. The scene is Texas, in the years just following the Civil War. Carpetbaggers have taken hold of the Texas government and imposed a near-dictatorship, hiding behind the legal protection of the Union Army of Occupation. Though his heart belongs to Dixie, Captain David Porter (Scott) is honor-bound to uphold the law of the land, even though it protects criminals and persecutes the innocent. Eventually, Porter reveals his true feelings as he tries to clear Texas patriot Ben Westman (Charles McGraw) from a murder charge framed by villains Standish (Elisha Cook Jr.) and Balfour (Hugh Sanders). Meanwhile, caddish Captain Bill Hodges (Lex Barker) tries to make time with Porter's long-suffering wife Norah (Phyllis Kirk). Perhaps a bit too complicated storywise for western fans, Thunder Over the Plains is right to the point when it comes to the action highlights. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Randolph Scott
    Randolph Scott - Maj. Callicut
  • Patrice Wymore
    Patrice Wymore - Lora Roberts
  • Dick Wesson
    Dick Wesson - "Monk"
  • Philip Carey
    Philip Carey - Capt. Roy Giles
  • Lina Romay
    Lina Romay - Chona Degnon
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