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The Man Behind the Gun / Thunder Over the Plains / Riding Shotgun
The Man Behind the Gun / Thunder Over the Plains / Riding Shotgun
Actor: Randolph Scott
Genres: Westerns, Military & War
NR     2006     3hr 58min

Tall Randolph Scott is every inch a hero in three bullet-laced Westerns. The secessionist fervor of the 1850s comes to California, and undercover Army officer Scott aims to thwart the separatist passions in The Man Behind ...  more »


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Actor: Randolph Scott
Genres: Westerns, Military & War
Sub-Genres: Westerns, Military & War
Studio: Warner Home Video
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 11/07/2006
Original Release Date: 01/31/1953
Theatrical Release Date: 01/31/1953
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 3hr 58min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

The Warner Brothers' Randy last
B. Cathey | Wendell, NC United States | 09/09/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Perhaps it has been the success of other, recent Randolph Scott Westerns being released this past year on DVD, but now Warner Brothers is releasing in very reasonably priced triple-headers two 3-film packs of classic Scott Westerns from the 1950s, and it is indeed great news for fans of the classic "little A" Western, and of Randolph Scott, who in many ways epitomized the Western star of the 1940s and '50s. These three titles can be purchased together with three more in another set for a pitance. Although the Warner Scotts were not generally superior to the Columbia products, they were still superior Westerns and very entertaining, filled with action and the kind of dramatic adventure so treasured by fans of the genre. Several, including COLT.45, FORT WORTH, and RIDING SHOTGUN, are very good. Here's hoping that Warner will release CARSON CITY (one of the best from the early 50s), SUGARFOOT, and THE BOUNTY HUNTER...and if they have it, WESTBOUND, one of the seven Budd Boetticher directed Scott films. I'd even enjoy seeing the much-maligned SHOOT-OUT AT MEDICINE BEND (with a young James Garner)!
Thanks, Warner Brothers!"
It's been a long wait
Noel Bjorndahl | Winmalee, New South Wales Australia | 08/28/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Randolph Scott's contributions to the western from 1945-1962 are second to none. His teaming with producer Harry Joe Brown from 1947 produced several superior programmers for Columbia up to 1959, many of them directed by solid craftsmen like Ray Enright and Gordon Douglas but the best of them helmed first by the intelligent and talented Andre De Toth, then by Budd Boetticher, whose Ranown series of virile, lean chamber works (justifiably acclaimed as miniature masterpieces) provided, along with Sam Peckinpah's Ride the High Country an ideal book end to Scott's honorable career. Reprehensibly, apart from the beautifully restored Paramount/Batjac release of Seven Men from Now, none of the Boetticher-Scott westerns is presently available on DVD.

Columbia have nevertheless released a steady flow of the Scotts, for which we must be thankful. It has certainly been great to have titles like Man in the Saddle, A Lawless Street, and Hangman's Knot in the DVD catalogue.

These 2 new Warner Triple Bills are terrific news for the legions of Scott fans: the Warner Scotts, never before surfacing on DVD, contain some of the most enjoyable entries including the tough Colt 45, some well-directed De Toths like Riding Shotgun and Thunder Over the Plains and the traditional but highly entertaining Tall Man Riding. Indeed the taut, suspenseful Riding Shotgun is one of the very best "wrongly accused holed-up in a hostile town" westerns with superbly staged action. Scott is excellent as always, but Wayne Morris lends sterling support as the hapless sheriff caught up in the middle of a conflict he'd rather be out of. I hope Warner issues another set-the sooner the better-that contains some of its remaining Scotts like The Bounty Hunter, Sugarfoot and Westbound (the last film in particular, directed by Boetticher, is a genuine curiosity).
Solid Collection of Randolph Scott Westerns
Terence Allen | Atlanta, GA USA | 12/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Another of two three film collections of Randolph Scott Westerns features three solid examples of his work, although Ride Shot gun is by far the best of the three.
The Man Behind The Gun has Scott as an undercover Army officer who is investigating a plot in California to steal the water supply to force the state to be pro-slavery. Alan Hale Jr., Morris Ankrum, Roy Roberts, and Phil Carey lend dignity to the proceedings, and even if it's not one of Scott's best, it's still fairly entertaining. Rating - Three out of five stars.

Thunder Over The Plains - In this film, Scott again plays an army officer, this time trying to keep law and order in post Civil-War Texas, as renegades steal from carpetbaggers. As Scott deals with the tension of being a symbol of tyranny to his fellow Texans, he also has to deal with a young, brash subordinate, played by Lex Barker, who fancies Scott's wife. This film is entertaining, and better than most of Scott's non-Budd Boetticher films. Rating - Four out of five stars.

Riding Shotgun - This standout of the three included films features Scott in his tried and true posture as a man set on revenge. Scott plays a shotgun rider for a stagecoach line who's pursuing the men that killed his sister and nephew. The gang waylays Scott and robs the stagecoach he is supposed to be on as a ruse to draw a posse out of the town that the stagecoach is heading for, all with the purpose of robbing the town casino with all of the able-bodied men out of town. Scott gets free, and heads to the town, where he tries to warn the townspeople of the impending robbery, but is regarded with suspicion as having been an accomplice to the stage robbery and the murder of the man riding shotgun in Scott's place.

Scott and the cast is entertaining, and Charles Bronson (using his real name of Buchinsky) is great as the gang leader's chief lieutenant. This has many of the elements of Scott's best films, and is thoroughly enjoyable. Rating - Five out of five stars."
Randolph scott lives to ride again.
Francis F. Harris | Adelaide, SA Australia | 01/17/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Anyone with a good knowledge of Randolph Scott's movie career, would welcome these three additions to his list of westerns available at last on dvd. I remember seeing these movies in theatres as a teenager, and time has not changed them. They each stand up today, as well as they did when released in the 1950's. Anybody with a yearning towards the Hollywood version of the Americian west, (not the real west), like me, will enjoy these movies. A great example of western movie making at it's best, without the need to resort to four letter words and blood splatted violence, to put the story over. (think TV's Deadwood, yuk!). The prints are so clear and in such beautiful condition, that I can't wait to see what will be released next. Pure entertainment, and three movies on one two sided disc is fantastic value. Happy viewing, Frank Harris."