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Riding Shotgun

Released Apr 1, 1954 1h 15m Western List
Reviews 61% Audience Score 50+ Ratings Larry Delong (Randolph Scott) loses his sister and her son when they're gunned down by the notorious Dan Marady (James Millican) and his band of outlaws during a holdup. Delong takes a job as a stagecoach guard, hoping to run into the bandits and take revenge. Run into them he does, but numbers are on Marady's side, and they shoot up and rob Delong's coach. Delong barely escapes with his life. When he tries to alert the authorities, they implicate him in the crime, and he becomes a fugitive. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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Clyde Gilmour Maclean's Magazine Randolph Scott as a stagecoach guard in a very corny western, the least recommendable he has made in years. Oct 15, 2019 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Inventive Western with good visual style. Jul 18, 2009 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The best line in the film is said by Scott after he fell into the outlaw's trap: Hate makes a man careless. Rated: C Apr 22, 2002 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Very good one here try it you’ll like it James Welch, Henderson, Arkansas, April 6, 2023 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 04/05/23 Full Review dave j Friday, September 6, 2013 (1954) Riding Shotgun WESTERN The idea has already been done before...sort of called "High Noon" which the town is not on the protagonist's side. This one takes it one step further centering on Randolph Scott as Larry who's just been accidently involved with a stagecoach robbery even though he had nothing to do with it. The town turn on him as well as suspect him to be the culprit as well since no witnesses were left. While the town is trying to prosecute him, he's then forced to try to sabotage the real culprits himself even when the odds are against him. Even though he failed to convince the town that another robbery is going to be taken place. Works better as a 30 or 45 minute tv show stint than as a movie. What I don't like are the amount of stupidity amongst the townspeople motivating me to use the fast forward button to the happy ending. This movie is directed by André De Toth his second Western movie starring Randolph Scott and released during the same year of 1954 called "The Bounty Hunter" which is being acknowledged on '' but not here on ''. 2 out of 2 stars Rated 2 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member What a great little 4 spooler, filmed in Technicolour which takes advantage of the great outdoors, and a good yarn about a town who turns on our hero, led by a sneering, nasty Charles Bronson. WOW the 75 minute running time flashes past. Not a yawning moment in the entire picture - they don't know how to make 'em like this anymore. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/15/23 Full Review Audience Member Very good Randolph Scott western. Andre De Toth brings a complex visual style to the film. The compositions and camera movements are often very interesting. It also has a young Charles Bronson. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/26/23 Full Review Audience Member André De Toth's brisk 74 minute western "Riding Shotgun" is an ambitious, above-average Randolph Scott horse opera that stands out from the herd. The trigger-happy outlaws here are a downright dastardly bunch; the townspeople turn into a moronic mob, and the hero creates more trouble for himself because of this credulous mob that refuse to believe him. Literally, Scott becomes the cowboy who cried wolf as far as the citizens are concerned. Seasoned western scenarist Thomas Blackburn and De Toth have fashioned Kenneth Perkins' novel "Riding Solo" into a first-rate, suspenseful sagebrusher that never lets up on its surprises. Moreover, "Riding Shotgun" illustrates De Toth's obsession with realism. The Marady gang's decoy strategy, the act of cinching a saddle onto a horse, the use of a derringer to blast the ropes off the hero's wrists, and actions of a mob that intensify without reason keep things lively in this slam-bang shoot'em up. For example, early in the action, heroic Larry DeLong (Randolph Scott of "Colt .45") has to get a horse to follow a man who may lead him to his sworn enemy Dan Marady. Instead of simply getting an already saddled mount and swinging astride, De Toth shows Delong actually taking the time to cinch the saddle to its' back. As is the case in many De Toth films, we see the heroes and villains actually doing things—like saddling a horse—that other directors would eliminate as time-consuming and mundane. However, this is a set-up that De Toth pays off later when Delong sabotages the outlaw gang's departure by slicing through the cinches on their saddles so that they will bite the dust when they try to step aboard their p0nies. De Toth and Blackburn allow the Randolph Scott character to narrate the picture so as to push the plot ahead and plant in our minds the very personal nature of Delong's revenge. The movie opens with Delong riding atop a stage coach as the shotgun messenger while Scott provides voice-over narration that brings the action quickly up to speed. "For three years I dedicated every waking moment of my life to scouring the frontier for a killer for a very personal reason. I'd worked at all kinds of jobs from Wyoming to Oregon. In the last year, I'd working every stage line between Canada and Mexico, riding shotgun. I knew that sooner or later my path would again cross that of the man I wanted—Dan Marady." No sooner has Delong furnished this exposition and the stage coach rumbled past the camera than infamous Dan Marady (James Mullican of "Winchester '73") descends from the top of the pass that the stage just driven by and sends an old-timer off to the stage relay station to snooker Delong. Marady lives up to Delong's description: "as clever as he is ruthless and always managed to escape capture." Delong doesn't want to capture Marady; however, he means to kill him for the shooting deaths of his sister and his nephew. Consequently, from the outset, the hero has a strong motive to slay the villain. That makes for good drama! Anyway, Marady wants to rob the stage coach that Delong is guarding. To lure Delong away from the stage, he sends an old-timer into the relay station with his (Marady's) lucky charm derringer. At the station, Delong gets the shock of his life when he sees Marady's lucky derringer. He quits the stage coach to find out where the old-timer got the derringer and gets himself jumped and hogtied by Pinto ("The Great Escape's" Charles Bronson back when he was Buchinsky) and the rest of Marady's gang. Marady's gang stops the coach, take the strong box, shoots up the passengers (but doesn't kill anybody) and sends the riddled stage coach off to Deepwater where the citizens take the law seriously. The outlaws—principally Pinto—mistakenly share their devious strategy with Delong who warns them about the law and order imperative of Deepwater and its stern sheriff Buck Curlew. As it turns out, Marady is counting on the zealous law and order attitude of Deepwater. He plans to let the shot-up stage careen into town. Curlew and a posse will light out after them, but they won't know that they are chasing a herd of horses instead of Marady. Meanwhile, the Marady gang will rob the Bank Club, a gambling house, and escape without harm with loot. Unfortunately, for Marady and company, Delong escapes by shooting his ropes with Marady's derringer that the old-timer dropped by accident. When Delong shows up in Deepwater with news about the Marady gang, the citizens believe that he helped the gang rob the stage since he quit guarding it. Even a kid with a slingshot pops Delong on the cheek with a stone and our hero retreats into the sanctuary of a cantina to protect himself from the angry citizen's mob. Deputy Sheriff Tub Murphy (World War II flying ace Wayne Morris of "Bad Men of Missouri") has a field day as a pot-bellied lawman that refuses to capitulate to an irate mob and has the good sense to leave Delong alone. One of the townspeople, a man (Howard Davis of "The Andy Griffith Show where he played Earnest T. Bass) has noose ready for our hero. Eventually, the Marady gang ride into Deepwater and the fireworks erupt. The good thing about "Riding Shotgun" is that the noble hero finds himself behind the eight-ball more often than not, and life is no cake walk for him. Millican is great as Scott's nemesis and Davis makes memorable impression without having to utter a syllable. Bronson has a great scene where he describes his trek across an inhospitable desert as a result of Delong's pursuit. De Toth sprinkles prostitute characters in the street mob as an added example of realism. "Riding Shotgun" is loaded with enough excitement, realism, and suspense to make it a blast to watch despite its age. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/17/23 Full Review Audience Member well umn just seen this movie 4 the 1st time n think that this is a good movie 2 watch...........its got a good cast of actors/actressess throughout this movie.......i think that randolhp scott, wayne morris, joan weldon, james bell, james millican, joe sawyer, frits feld, richard garrick, vic perrin play good roles/parts throughout this movie.,..........i think that richard garrick, vic perrin, joe sawyer were great throughout this movie........i think that the director of this western/drama/adventure/classics movie had done a good job of directing this movie because you never know what 2 expect throughout this movie............i think that the fight scenes/gun shoot outs were really good thorughout this movie........i think that this is a good classics movie 2 watch its got a great cast throughout this movie n its a good western movie 2 watch Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Larry Delong (Randolph Scott) loses his sister and her son when they're gunned down by the notorious Dan Marady (James Millican) and his band of outlaws during a holdup. Delong takes a job as a stagecoach guard, hoping to run into the bandits and take revenge. Run into them he does, but numbers are on Marady's side, and they shoot up and rob Delong's coach. Delong barely escapes with his life. When he tries to alert the authorities, they implicate him in the crime, and he becomes a fugitive.
Andre de Toth
Ted Sherdeman
Production Co
Warner Bros.
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Apr 1, 1954, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Sep 1, 2009
1h 15m
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