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My life at the movies.

Five Guns West

1955 | United States | 78 min | More...
A still from Five Guns West (1955)
  • Watched on D+: 2 stars (out of 5)
    on Mon Apr 5, 2021 via DVD V

    Roger Corman’s directorial debut. During the Civil War’s waning days, the Confederate Army conscripts five convicted killers, offering them full pardons provided they intercept a Confederate traitor traveling with a fortune in stolen gold.

    A promising setup and the cast evokes the right combination of lethality and charm. John Lund shines as their self-appointed leader. Everything’s groovy until they meet Dorothy Malone and her uncle.

    Then the film shifts to tepid melodrama. It proffers a romance between Malone and Lund but they lack chemistry. Corman pads the running time with repetitive dialog. Even the characters get sick of waiting.

    But when the long-delayed climax arrives, it proves a head-scratching bit of self-inflicted inanity.

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