a5c7b9f00b Matt Wade escapes from prison and tries to persuade his brother Bill, a reformed gunslinger, to participate in a hold-up. Billy refuses but Matt frames him and he is forced to ride off with the gang. Billy fights with his brother and accidentally kills him, while Matt's teen-aged son, Ted, who thinks his father had been paroled from prison, sees the shooting. Returning to town to explain the true situation, Billy is almost lynched by the townsmen mob who think he was part of the robbery. He escapes and goes back to the gang, pretending to join them but actually looking for evidence to clear himself and turn gang leader, Ike Garvey, over to Marshal Sam Jennings. Only his fiancée Arlene knows of his plan.
This black and white film is an exact remake of the 1953 oater, GUN BELT, starring George Montgomery, almost word for word and scene for scene. The main difference is that GUN BELT was in Technicolor. James Brown does a credible job as the protagonist and John Wilder tries hard to duplicate Tab Hunter's performance in his third movie. Character actor Willis Bouchey appeared in both versions.
The story line is so faithful to GUN BELT, it even requires the two main characters, during a fight, to tumble into a pond. Many of the sets are precise duplicates. Frankly, it's difficult to understand what motivated the producers to turn out this mediocre mirror image.
This movie is a word for word remake of a 1953 movie called "The Gun Belt". Unfortunately, unlike wine, this one didn't improve with age...