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A still from Five Guns West (1955)

Five Guns West

1955 | United States | 78 min
  • Watched on Monday Apr 5, 2021 via DVD (2003 | Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer)
    D+: 2 stars (out of 5)

    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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