GenreWestern Running time1h 20m Produced byGordon Kay LanguageEnglish
Release date1957 WriterR. Wright Campbell (screenplay), Ann Edwards (story), R. Wright Campbell (story) CastFred MacMurray (Gentry), Dorothy Malone (Chaney), James Barton (Minstrel), Sydney Chaplin (Gato), John Gavin (Teach), John Larch (Heller) Similar moviesNight at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb, We're the Millers, Santo vs. Blue Demon in Atlantis, Santo and Blue Demon vs. Dracula and the Wolf Man, Santo and the Vengeance of the Mummy, Santo and Blue Demon in the World of the Dead
Fred MacMurray and John Larch appear in Quantez and Gun for a Coward. Fred MacMurray and Dorothy Malone appear in Quantez and At Gunpoint. Dorothy Malone appears in Quantez and Five Guns West. Fred MacMurray appears in Quantez and Good Day for a Hanging. Fred MacMurray appears in Quantez and Rangers of Fortune.
Quantez is a 1957 Eastmancolor Western film directed by Harry Keller and starring Fred MacMurray, Dorothy Malone and James Barton filmed in CinemaScope.
Heller's (John Larch) gang of outlaws pull a robbery, kill a man and ride toward Mexico, fleeing a posse. To spend the night, they first head for the border town of Quantez, but are shocked to discover that it has become a ghost town, with no one else there.
Gentry (Fred MacMurray), the gang's most experienced man, finds liquor in the saloon, while Teach (John Gavin), a younger gunslinger, becomes interested in Chaney (Dorothy Malone), who is Heller's woman but upset over the murder during the holdup. Gato, who was raised by Apaches, is infuriated by Heller's referring to him as "breed" and making him proceed on foot after a horse collapses from exhaustion.
Gato (Sydney Chaplin) discovers a warning from Apaches to anyone who comes to town. He seeks out Delgadito (Michael Ansara), the tribe's leader, and proposes they kill the whites and divide the loot. Heller, meantime, is trying to get his partners to do the same, kill the others so there's more money to split among who's left. Gentry and Teach both have feelings for Chaney, who wants to leave town as soon as possible.
A wandering minstrel comes to town, calling himself Puritan (James Barton), and while he paints Heller's portrait, he sings a song about John Coventry, a legendary outlaw in these parts. Puritan is suddenly astonished when he spots Gentry and realizes that he is Coventry. The veteran gunman is trying to put his violent life behind him for good.
In a final gunfight, Gato is killed by Delgalito after a betrayal. Heller is killed by Gentry, and with arrows raining down, Gentry sacrifices himself, providing cover while Chaney and Teach make their getaway.
Fred MacMurray as Gentry / John Coventry
Dorothy Malone as Chaney
James Barton as Puritan
Sydney Chaplin as Gato
John Gavin as Teach
John Larch as Heller
Michael Ansara as Delgadito
The New York Times said the film "could hardly be duller".