Riding Shotgun (film)

Riding Shotgun is a 1954 western film directed by Andre DeToth, starring Randolph Scott, Wayne Morris and Joan Weldon.[1] The film was based on the 1942 short story Riding Solo by Kenneth Taylor Perkins. The production is unusual in that Scott narrates his inner thoughts at crucial moments in the action.

Riding Shotgun
Directed byAndre DeToth
Produced byTed Sherdeman
Written byThomas W. Blackburn
Based onstory Riding Solo
by Kenneth Perkins
StarringRandolph Scott
Wayne Morris
Joan Weldon
Music byDavid Buttolph
CinematographyBert Glennon
Edited byRudi Fehr
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • April 1, 1954 (1954-04-01)
Running time
73 minutes
CountryUnited States


Stagecoach guard Larry Delong is ambushed by a gang of outlaws associated with Dan Marady, the man who murdered his sister and nephew. Delong has been searching for Marady, intending to kill him. When he returns to the town of Deep Water, Delong discovers that nearly everyone there believes he was involved in a holdup of the stage on which he had been the guard. The robbery resulted in the deaths of the stage driver and of the man who sat in for Delong.

With no one other than Orissa Flynn, his sweetheart, and Doc Winkler heeding his warnings that Marady's men are coming to rob the town, Delong is forced to take refuge in a cantina. A lynch mob forms, with deputy Tub Murphy trying to hold them off until the sheriff's posse returns.

Marady's men, including an accomplice, Pinto, rob the bank while the townspeople are distracted. Delong escapes through an attic and sabotages the getaway horses of Malady's gang. A shootout results in Marady mistakenly believing, fatally, that Delong is out of bullets.



  1. "Riding Shotgun". film article at tcm.com. Retrieved 2014-08-24.

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