At Gunpoint

Film, Action and adventure

Time Out says

MacMurray plays a storekeeper who, more by accident than marksmanship, shoots the leader of a gang robbing the town bank. From there on, this Western turns into a cross between High Noon and The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, with the townsfolk proudly boosting MacMurray as a hero, then - as the rest of the gang come for revenge - leaving him to stand alone. The first half is quite gripping, with excellent performances from MacMurray and the ever-dependable Walter Brennan (with teeth), as the hard-drinking, cynical doctor who remains the hero's sole but over-age ally. Latterly, though, Daniel B Ullman's script develops a case of creeping sententiousness, tending to speechify about civic conscience and the American Way, and throwing in an absurdly contrived upbeat ending.


Release details

80 mins

Cast and crew

Alfred Werker
Daniel B Ullman
Fred MacMurray
Dorothy Malone
Walter Brennan
Skip Homeier
Whit Bissell
Jack Lambert
John Qualen
Tommy Rettig
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