The Gun That Won the West

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The Gun That Won the West
Original film poster
Directed byWilliam Castle
Produced bySam Katzman
Screenplay byRobert E. Kent
(as James B. Gordon)
Story byRobert E. Kent
(as James B. Gordon)
StarringDennis Morgan
CinematographyHenry Freulich
Edited byAl Clark
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 1, 1955 (1955-09-01)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Gun That Won the West is a 1955 American Technicolor Western film directed by William Castle and starring Dennis Morgan.


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.



The film features a large amount of stock footage from Buffalo Bill.[citation needed]

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