Release dateSeptember 1, 1955 (1955-09-01) WriterRobert E. Kent (story) Music directorGeorge Duning, Mischa Bakaleinikoff CastDennis Morgan (Jim Bridger), Paula Raymond (Mrs. Max Gaines), Richard Denning ('Dakota' Jack Gaines), Chris O'Brien (Sgt. Timothy Carnahan), Robert Bice (Chief Red Cloud), Michael Morgan (Afraid of Horses) Similar moviesThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Guns of Navarone, Ulzana's Raid, The Five Man Army, Northwest Passage, A Distant Trumpet
TaglineWhen a new kind of weapon wrote history in the Old West!
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The Gun That Won the West is a 1955 Technicolor Western film starring Dennis Morgan, Paula Raymond, Richard Denning, Chris O'Brien, Michael Morgan, Roy Gordon, Robert Bice, directed by William Castle and produced by Sam Katzman. The screenplay was written by Robert E. Kent. The original music score was composed by Irving Gertz.
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Colonel Carrington (Roy Gordon) and his command are assigned the job of constructing a chain of forts in the Sioux Indian territory of Wyoming during the 1880s. The Colonel recruits former cavalry soldiers turned frontier scouts Jim Bridger (Dennis Morgan) and "Dakota Jack" Gaines (Richard Denning), now running a Wild West Show, to head the fort building.
Bridger and Gaines are friendly with Sioux chief Red Cloud (Robert Bice) but have reservations about the chief's 2nd in command, Afraid of Horses (Michael Morgan). Both Bridger and Gaines are confident a peace treaty with the Sioux can be made. However, if war breaks out, the cavalry is depending on getting a new type of breech loading Springfield Model 1865 rifle. Gaines, Mrs. Gaines (Paula Raymond), and Bridger arrive at the fort for the conference. Gaines gets drunk and attempts to intimidate the Indians into signing a treaty. Chief Red Fox threatens war if his territory is invaded by any troops building forts.
Dennis Morgan as Jim Bridger
Paula Raymond as Mrs. Max Gaines
Richard Denning as 'Dakota' Jack Gaines
Chris O'Brien as Sgt. Timothy Carnahan
Robert Bice as Chief Red Cloud
Michael Morgan as Afraid of Horses
Roy Gordon as Colonel Carrington
Howard Wright as General Pope
The film features a large amount of stock footage from Buffalo Bill.