It’s not getting easier, watching the A.C.Lyles 1960s westerns. Despite the good casts, the scripts continue to let them down.
In HOSTILE GUNS, George Montgomery is Gid McCool , a sheriff who is collecting and transporting prisoners to prison in Huntsville.
Having got a local carpenter to build a special rig, and having hired Mike Reno (Tab Hunter) , McCool picks up the first prisoners from Marshal Willett (Brian Donlevy) .
The prisoners include Angel (Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez) – who has stolen some goats. Angel is upbeat about going to prison. He wants to learn to be a cook there.
Hank Pleasant (Leo Gordon) isn’t looking forward to the trip – he is due to hang.
It’s half an hour into the trip before Yvonne de Carlo appears, as another prisoner who has been convicted of murder.
John Russell plays Leo Gordon’s brother , who, with James Craig, aims to free Gordon.
It’s sad to see Richard Arlen get only one short scene. Brian Donlevy’s role amounts to a couple of scenes near the start of the film.
Emile Meyer and Don Barry also gets one scene and are then never seen again.
The number of fights reached a new level in this film – I counted 4. They felt as if they were just part of filling the time. I don’t know why these obvious ‘B’ westerns had to run 90 minutes.
Yvonne de Carlo is completely wasted. Montgomery and Hunter have the main roles and perform well. Leo Gordon is always good.
i would have preferred a plot with Brian Donlevy and Richard Arlen in the leads! Two older lawmen struggling to get their prisoners delivered to prison.