Reviewed byjjnxn-1Vote: 7/10/10
Beautiful looking western in dazzling Technicolor is otherwise anordinary affair but does have Rock Hudson and Donna Reed both on thecusp of bigger things. Donna made From Here to Eternity the same yearas this and although it didn't really enhance her movie fortunes itraised her fame level easing her transition to TV fame as the perfecthomemaker. Rock would break out of the B's the next year withMagnificent Obsession that turned him into box office gold for years.This film does have a good pace and a hissable villain in Phil Careyplus an early peek at Lee Marvin. For western fans or admirers of thestars this should be an enjoyable view.
Reviewed bybkoganbingVote: 7/10/10
Gun Fury marked the first loan out film that Rock Hudson did after hebecame a star at Universal. Rock did this one for Columbia just as hisstar was rising fast with the movie going public.
The film has the look and feel of a Randolph Scott western, it's justthe kind of story that Scott was in fact doing at Columbia with BuddBoetticher. I would not be surprised if this wasn't something Scottmight have had in mind for himself. Of course there would have beenchanges made as Scott was a much older man than the youthful RockHudson.
Donna Reed is Hudson's fiancé who is on a stagecoach west to meet herman. On the stage also is notorious outlaw Philip Carey travelingincognito because he plans to meet up with his gang and rob the stagelater.
Carey is best known as the boss of those exuberant Texas Rangers inLaredo, but here he's a bad man, rotten through and through. He alsodecided to take Donna Reed as well because he's tired of the woman hehas now, Roberta Haynes.
Carey thinks he's killed Hudson, but Hudson's quite alive and on histrail with a former Carey outlaw member Leo Gordon along with him.
Gun Fury shows how much the western grew up in the Fifties. This kindof story involving kidnapping and sexual abuse was definitely not forthe Saturday matinée kiddie trade. Though Hudson and Reed are good,it's Philip Carey who really dominates the film.
He's got quite a collection of noted screen bad guys in his crew.Besides Leo Gordon, Neville Brand and Lee Marvin are also around.
Can't tell you how it ends, but Hudson and Gordon pick up an Indianalong the way who proves to be of great assistance.
Reviewed byNewEnglandPatVote: 6/10/10
A rancher and a reformed outlaw pursue a band of kidnappers through theArizona desert in a good western that never received its just due. Mostof Rock Hudson's early films were westerns and he essays the role of adetermined cowboy in fine style as he and Leo Gordon search for anoutlaw band for very different reasons. The picture is strictly apursuit and revenge western with colorful characters and scenery makingan ordinary plot tense and exciting. Phil Carey and Donna Reed aremajor players here but are supported by great character actors such asLee Marvin and Neville Brand. Carey is at his best as a glib but vainoutlaw leader who covets betrothed Donna Reed for himself. Pat Hogan isgood in his familiar role as an Indian and Roberta Haynes is tough andfiery as a spurned border mistress.
After a stagecoach holdup, Frank Slayton's notorious gang leave Ben Warren for dead and head off with his fiancée. Warren follows, and although none of the townspeople he comes across are prepared to help, he recruits two others who have sworn revenge on the ruthless Slayton.