Cattle King

Cattle King is a 1963 Eastmancolor Western film directed by Tay Garnett. It stars Robert Taylor and Robert Loggia.[2] It was also known by the alternative title of Guns of Wyoming in some countries.

Cattle King
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed byTay Garnett
Produced byNat Holt
Written byThomas Thompson
StarringRobert Taylor
Music byPaul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
CinematographyWilliam E. Snyder
Edited byGeorge White
Missouri Productions
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • July 31, 1963 (1963-07-31)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,065,000[1]


A range war is building in Wyoming. Caught on opposite sides are Sam Brassfield, who builds fences to protect his grass land, and Clay Mathews, a cattle baron determined to keep an open range.

Both men argue their case before the cattlemen's association to President Chester A. Arthur, who happens to be in Cheyenne for a visit. A hired gun of Mathews picks a fight with Brassfield's top man, Johnny Quatro, in a saloon, then vows revenge after Brassfield intervenes.

Brassfield proposes marriage to Sharleen Travers, who runs a neighboring ranch with her brother Harry. At first the spineless Harry sides with Mathews, but after a scolding from his sister, he apologizes to Brassfield. A while thereafter, the hired gun Bodine shoots and wounds the unarmed Harry, then kills Sharleen in cold blood.

Another rancher mistakenly blames Brassfield for a raid that Matthews ordered. He changes sides after overhearing Brassfield speak on his behalf to the President. In a final showdown, Brassfield urges Mathews to keep the dispute between themselves, then outdraws Mathews in a gunfight. Bodine also pulls a gun, but Quatro shoots him down.


Box office

According to MGM records the film earned $435,000 in the US and Canada and $650,000 elsewhere resulting in a gain of $20,000.[1]

See also


  1. The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
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