Gun Belt (film)

Gun Belt is a 1953 American Technicolor Western film directed by Ray Nazarro and starring George Montgomery and Tab Hunter.[1]

Gun Belt
Directed byRay Nazarro
Produced byEdward Small
Screenplay byJack Dewitt
Richard Schayer
Story byArthur E. Orloff
StarringGeorge Montgomery
Tab Hunter
Music byIrving Gertz
CinematographyW. Howard Greene
Edited byGrant Whytock
Global Productions
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • July 24, 1953 (1953-07-24) (United States)
Running time
78 minutes
CountryUnited States


A former outlaw, Billy Ringo, clashes with his old gang.[2][3] Ringo decides to hang up his guns, buy a ranch, wed Arlene Reach (Helen Westcott), and let his nephew Chip Ringo live with them. Chip’s father Matt Ringo (John Dehner) is serving a prison sentence, and Billy is determined to keep Chip off the outlaw trail. Billy is trying to keep on the straight and narrow, too, but three other outlaws - Dixon, Hollaway, and Hoke - frame him into pulling a bank robbery with them.

Pretending to side with them, after accidentally killing Matt, Ringo informs Marshal Wyatt Earp of the gang's plan to rob a Wells Fargo express wagon. A gunfight ensues at the robbery, the three outlaws are killed, and Ringo turns Ike Clinton, the ringleader, over to Marshal Earp.



The movie was originally known as Johnny Ringo, Tombstone Trail and Screaming Eagles.[4] [5] Its plotline and lines are duplicated in another Edward Small production, Five Guns to Tombstone (1960).[6]

Hunter signed in October 1952.[7]

Filming started 13 November 1952 at the Goldwyn studios.[8]


  2. "EXCELLENT WESTERN 'GUN BELT' DUE AT STRAND ON FRIDAY". The Times of India. New Delhi, India. 16 September 1954. p. 5.
  3. "THE SCREEN: At the Palace H. H. T.". The New York Times. New York, N.Y. 1 August 1953. p. 8.
  4. "Melodramas Scheduled". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. 13 May 1953. p. 19.
  5. Schallert, Edwin (26 November 1952). "Dick Wesson Baseball Comedy Star; 'Blondes' Lead to Tommy Noonan". Los Angeles Times. p. 11.
  7. PRYO, THOMAS M. (1 October 1952). "PASTERNAK PLANS NEW METRO MOVIE: Producer and Helen Deutsch Working on a Drama About the International Set". The New York Times. p. 38.
  8. Scheuer, Philip K. (13 November 1952). "Nelson Sidesteps Dance; 'Life of Casanova' Set; Taps Signs TV Warbler". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. p. B11.
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