Riding Shotgun (1954)

Riding Shotgun (1954)

  • 6.5
  • 75 mins
  • Western


After members of his family are killed by the Maraday Gang during a stagecoach robbery, Larry Delong takes a job as stage guard in hopes that he will meet up with the outlaws. After he is captured by the bandits, his shot-up stage is returned to the town by the gang in order to draw the authorities out of town. After being left for dead, Delong escapes to warn the townspeople of an imminent raid by the outlaws. They don't believe his story and, in fact, accuse him of complicity in the stage robbery, tasking the town's remaining deputy with arresting him. A besieged Delong hides out in a local saloon before making his next move.—Gabe Taverney ([email protected])

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Friday, September 6, 2013(1954) Riding ShotgunWESTERN 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 'imdb.com' but not here on 'rottentomatoes.com'. 2 out of 2 stars