Gun Man Down True West DVD Review
Gun the Man Down (Olive Films; $18.99) .

When a wounded bank robber’s partners and girl abandon him, he leaves prison looking for revenge.

This suspenseful 1956 B-Western is an unexpected powerhouse­—the robber is James Arness in his only feature lead, the girl is Angie Dickinson in her first leading role, the first-time director is soon-to-be-legendary Andrew McLaglen and the script is by “beginner” Burt Kennedy! 

This John Wayne-produced film sows the seeds of Rio Bravo and the Randolph Scott-Budd Boetticher films, and it provides an unofficial backstory for Gunsmoke’s Matt Dillon.

Henry C. Parke is a screenwriter based in Los Angeles, California, who blogs about Western movies, TV, radio and print news:

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