Forty Guns

Synopsis: An authoritarian rancher, Barbara Stanwyck, who rules an Arizona county with her private posse of hired guns. When a new marshall arrives to set things straight, the cattle queen finds herself falling, brutally for the avowedly non-violent lawman. Both have itchy-fingered brothers, a female gunmaker enters the picture, and things go desperately wrong.
Genre: Romance, Western
80 min

He's all alone!


Stand back, mister!

I'm givin' ya fair warning!

Stand back, mister!


Thanks, Mr. Spanger.

Oh, uh, here.

- That's for the bullet.

- It'll cost you six bits to clean the rifle.

Ya know, that rifle could

stand a little readjustment.

I almost killed him. Yeah.

She even looks good in overalls.

- Who?

- Built like a.40-40.

I'd like to stay around long enough

to clean a rifle.

Wes, Chico, let's go!

Can you see me a farm dog? Me...

I cut my teeth on a gun.

They're still milk teeth.

Remember what Pa says:

"They who labor in the earth

are the chosen people of God."

But I don't wanna be a chosen people.

I wanna be Griff' s third gun.

If he'd only give me a chance,

I wouldn't let you down.

A man never knows what

he'll do in a showdown.

- Were you ever scared?

- All the time.

I got your ticket.

See that you don't lose it.

I read in the paper there's been

lots of stagecoach accidents.

Holdups... three and four a week.

Desperadoes killed all the passengers.

They never bother women or boys.

- If you were my size, I'd make you eat that.

- Excuse me, gentlemen.

- Which one is Griff Bonell?

- What can I do for you?

I'm Ned Logan, Mr. Bonell,

the sheriff of Cochise County.

I guess you must be Wes, huh?

Now, I'm sorry

a bunch of drunken rowdies...

had to be your welcoming party, Mr. Bonell.

- Staying in town long?

- Long enough.

That Brockie's a spoiled kid.

That pistol-whipping

ought to sober him up.

- He's all yours.

- I don't want him.

I just come to thank you for...

thank you for tossing him in jail.

Too bad I wasn't around

to give old Chisholm a hand...

but, you see, I... I had to

ride to the border on business.

With all your deputies?

Well, being sheriff and tax assessor...

and collector all at the same time...

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Samuel Fuller

Samuel Michael Fuller (August 12, 1912 – October 30, 1997) was an American screenwriter, novelist, and film director known for low-budget, understated genre movies with controversial themes, often made outside the conventional studio system. Fuller wrote his first screenplay for Hats Off in 1936, and made his directorial debut with the Western I Shot Jesse James (1949). He would continue to direct several other Westerns and war thrillers throughout the 1950s. Fuller shifted from Westerns and war thrillers in the 1960s with his low-budget thriller Shock Corridor in 1963, followed by the neo-noir The Naked Kiss (1964). He was inactive in filmmaking for most of the 1970s, before writing and directing the war epic The Big Red One (1980), and the experimental White Dog (1982), whose screenplay he co-wrote with Curtis Hanson. more…

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