No Name on the Bullet

Synopsis: Cool, cultured John Gant rides into Lordsburg. Gant is a professional killer, and although no one knows who he is there to kill, they are all worried. Everyone has enemies, and maybe Gant is in town for them. While they wait for him to make his move, paranoia starts taking over...
Genre: Western
Director(s): Jack Arnold
Production: Universal
77 min


Chick, chick, chick.

Tobe, stop that doggone racket.

Quiet, Tobe.

How far to Lordsburg?

It's about ten miles that way.

Thank you.

Good afternoon, ma'am.

Six sacks of grain.

My horse limps. Take him over to the smithy

and tell him I'll be along in a few minutes.


- Yes, sir? What'll it be?

- I'd like a room.

A room? We don't

get much hotel business...

around here

this time of the year.

Sign right there.

Planning to be around long?

Not long.

That'll be room number seven,

to the right at the top of the stairs.

Oh, that's a buck and a half

in advance.

I'll pay when I leave.

Okay. Forget I mentioned it.

We change sheets

on Friday, Mr. Grant.

The name is Gant. John Gant.

Did I hear right?

- Did he say-

- He said "Gant.

Him? That kid?

That's him. Sid.

- Sid!

- Yes, Mr. Reeger?

- Go tell the sheriff.

- Yes, sir.

Whoa, there, Sid.

Somebody finally catch you

waterin' the whiskey?

- Can't stop, Earl. I gotta go!

- What's the rush?

- It's Gant. John Gant. He's here!

- What do ya mean?

He just rode up.

I gotta tell the sheriff.

Gant, here?

What's he want here?

Don't you know?

Same thing he wants anywhere.

Fixed the lock. There wasn't

anything serious wrong with it.

Buck! Oh. Buck!

- He's here. He's right here in town.

- You don't say.

Who's that, Sid?

Gant! John Gant. He just

took a room at the hotel.

- He just get in?

- Just this minute.

- Well.

- "Well"? Is that all?

- You want me to cheer?

- Who's John Gant, Buck?

Well, you've got to do something

about it! Mr. Reeger said-

I don't care what Mr. Reeger said!

There's nothing I can do.

- Well, if you can't, who can?

- Who's he talkin' about?

- You mean you really don't know?

- I asked, didn't I?

- He's a killer.

- So what? We've had some pretty good ones.

- We've been able to handle them.

- No, no.

A gunman is one thing.

Gant's another.

Why, he's killed 20 or 30 men.

For money!

He just goes into a town and kills 'em!

Like that.

- He's a-Well, an assassin.

- How come he's still loose?

He prods them into it.

You know as well as I do.

You can make any man fight

if you try hard enough.

He makes them draw first...

then he kills them

in front of witnesses.

Sid, did he say how long

he was gonna stay?

No, he-he didn't say nothin'.

Buck, who do you suppose

he's after?

Oh, I don't know.

Maybe he isn't after anyone at all.

Mmm. He took a room.

He's not just passing through.

Yeah. Well, it could be anyone.

Anyone that has an enemy

that hates him enough.

Why don't you tell me

who he's after?

- What are you gonna do? Pick him up?

- On what charge?

Because he makes

Henry Reeger nervous?

Let me tell ya.

You watch some of our

respected citizens from now on.

You're gonna learn something.

And I'll tell you something else.

I've been a lawman here

for a good many years.

I can think of quite a few people

that'd like to see me dead.

Everybody steps

on somebody else's toes sometime.

You're the boss,

but if he's as bad as you say...

it's not gonna be nice

havin' him around.

I know it.

But we'll just have to

wait him out.

If I can pick him up

or run him out of town, I will.

If I can. But I can't do it

without an excuse.

We just have to wait

him out, that's all.

You gonna play or aren't ya?

Hello, Dutch.

"Dutch"? Who's Dutch?

- I don't know.

- Well, aren't you a Dutchman?

What's that got to do with it?

He wasn't talking to me.

What are you worried about, then?

What do you think?

He makes me nervous!

Well, you're not the only one.

That's all for me.

- Well, are we playin' or ain't we?

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Gene L. Coon

Eugene Lee Coon (January 7, 1924 – July 8, 1973) was an American screenwriter, television producer and novelist. He is best remembered for his work on the original Star Trek series. more…

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