Randolph Scott Triple Feature

The Man Behind the Gun (1953)     Thunder Over the Plains (1953)       Riding Shotgun (1954)


Tall Randolph Scott is every inch a hero in three bullet-laced Westerns. The secessionist fervour of the 1850s comes to California, and undercover Army officer Scott aims to thwart the separatist passions in The Man Behind the Gun (Side A). There's Thunder over the Plains (Side B) and lightning in Scott's holsters in the second film. He portrays an army captain assigned to a lawless area of Texas after the Civil War. Next, Scott is Riding Shotgun (Side B) and heading into a whirlwind of trouble: a mob bent on vigilante justice wrongly suspects him of robbing a stagecoach. An action bull's-eye all the way!



First, in "The Man Behind the Gun," Randolph Scott portrays an undercover Army officer in 1850s Los Angeles who competes with a hotheaded fellow military man for the affections of a beautiful schoolteacher while investigating a separatist plot. With Patrice Wymore, Dick Wesson. Next, "Thunder Over the Plains" has Scott starring as an Army captain whose loyalties are divided when he tries to prove a man's innocence. Lex Barker, Phyllis Kirk, Charles McGraw co-star. Then, "Riding Shotgun" features the sagebrush icon dealing with vigilantes who think that he is a stagecoach robber.

Excerpt from Movie Unlimited located HERE


DVD Review: Warner - Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

Big thanks to Ole Kofoed for the screen caps!

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Region 1,2,3,4 - NTSC

Runtime 1:22:18, 1:22:27, 1:14:42

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.24, 6.22, 6.21 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono.
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• No extras

DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
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Chapters: 8 for each movie



Comments Well - you don't hear me complaining - Warner have, uncharacteristically, produced a real bare bones, cheapo, package -  No chapter menus, no subtitles, no extras. The image quality appears to be totally un-restored and exhibits some damage (see examples) and colors can tend to look washed-out/faded at times. There is digital noise visible on the progressive transfers. But the bottom line - these vintage films are a joy to western aficionados - not at the level of Boetticher's collaboration with Scott - Comanche Station (1960), Ride Lonesome (1959), Buchanan Rides Alone (1958), Seven Men from Now (1956) , Decision at Sundown (1957) or The Tall T (1957)  - which we have been starving for - but I'll take what we can get in the interim.

Ole says: The Man Behind The Gun: I hope it's only my DVD that has an error and it isn't the same problem that many has with the Universal DVD-18 discs - at 1:16:38 both my PC DVD-drive and my Sony player have problems reading the disc, my Sony jumps 10 seconds. there are visible cue blips. The colors is a bit unstable. Some speckles, most in the beginning of the movie. The best transfer of the 3 is Riding Shotgun, expect the first couple of minutes where there is some print damage (see capture), dirt and speckles.

One Disc with The Man Behind the Gun (1953) on side A, and Thunder Over the Plains (1953) and Riding Shotgun (1954) sharing side B. The price is super cheap but our wish for single-disc issues - restored with some extras appears to have fallen on deaf ears - we can watch these and still hope.  

 - Gary Tooze



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