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No Name on the Bullet

Audie Murphy , Charles Drake , Jack Arnold    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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World War II hero, Audie Murphy, is memorable in his role as a "good" bad guy in this tense tale of retribution. When hired killer John Gant (Murphy) rides into town, no one is sure whose name is on his bullet. Several townsfolk, knowing they have enemies, each believe that the professional assassin is there to kill them. While they wait for him to make his move, paranoia starts taking over in this suspense-filled story of payback on the wide-open plains.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful Western June 21 2004
As others reviewers have noted, 1959's "No Name on the Bullet" is far from being a typical Audie Murphy western. Under Jack Arnold's expert direction, the focus here is on suspense and tension, rather than action. When gunman John Gant rides into town, most of the local citizens are justifiably nervous. Gant is a hired killer, and he seldom visits a town just to see the sights. Much of the film revolves around the questions--why is he here ? Who is he after ? Which of the town's citizens will die ? Since Gant isn't the talkative type, the suspense keeps building, not to mention the nervous paranoia of the townfolk.
As Gant, Murphy delivers a chilling performance. You never doubt that, behind that baby face and modest build, is a man not to be crossed ( by all accounts, in real life, as well as in movies ). He is not intimidated by anyone, not even a hostile crowd who thinks that, by sheer numbers, it can scare him away. As the town's doctor who tries to befriend Gant, Charles Drake delivers a strong performance as he comes to realize that he cannot distract the killer from his purpose.
Other fine supporting actors further add to the quality of the film--Whit Bissell, Karl Swenson, Warren Stevens and Virginia Grey. Apart from one climactic scene with Mr. Murphy, leading lady, Joan Evans ( not to be confused with the popular comedienne ), has little to do but make coffee for her "man", Charles Drake.
I found the ending to be memorable, and--for those of you who like action--there is gunplay at certain crucial parts of the movie.
The DVD has beautiful colour, is widescreen and mono sound. The only extra is the original trailer.
Audie Murphy made a lot of westerns in the 1950s and 60s.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this outstanding western. June 3 2004
Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier of World War II. After the war he got involved with movies -- predominantly westerns. Frankly, his films are highly variable in quality. Some are pretty bad B movies. But given a good script, good direction, and good supporting actors, Murphy turned in several surprisingly fine performances. No Name on the Bullet is a case in point. Murphy convincingly plays John Gant -- a cool, deceptively-likeable hired killer with a reputation for goading his intended victim into attempting to draw first so that Gant can always get off by claiming self defence. This movie is a study of the effect of Gant's arrival in a town on it's citizens. While Gant quietly drinks coffee in the hotel bar or plays chess with the local doctor, the town's leading citizens go to pieces because their secret guilts convince each of them that he is Gant's target. The finale of this tense psychological drama is surprising but not contrived. This is a very good western by any standard and probably Audie Murphy's best. I hope its availability on DVD will find it the wide audience which it richly deserves.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Western June 8 2004
Audie Murphy is actually one of the most believable western movie stars. His ability in armed combat prove this and this particular western movie is one of the best. I have watched and own many western movies, and this is one of my favorites.
Murphy plays a clean cut and possible hero in every western he plays in, but this role is one of his most unusual. I recommend it to any western film collector.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A splendid performance by Murphy!!! Jan. 28 2002
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Everyone always talks about Audie Murphy's baby face and his slight build. But take a close look at his eyes. He was a cold-eyed individual, brought about largely by his 2 years in combat and subsequently suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome. If he had been born during the Old West times, he would have been a killer. "No Name on the Bullet" personifies Murphy's personality had he lived during those times.
Murphy gives a splendid performance as John Gant, a hired killer whose presence in Lordsburg causes total chaos, even though he does nothing at first - just sitting around drinking coffee and playing chess with the local physician.
Murphy's facial expressions were great as he smugly looked around and watched the carnage his name and reputation created. The banker winds up killing himself (even though he wasn't Murphy's target), and another man in town tries to get drunk enough to have the courage to face Gant, who stares him down and sends him fleeing from the bar.
This was probably Murphy's finest performance outside of "To Hell and Back," when he was not really acting but working on raw emotion, adrenaline and painful memories of the war.
Even when the town bands together and comes to make him leave, Gant remains cold as ice and backs them down. He knew they could kill him, but the question was "How many could Gant kill before they killed him?" None of them were willing to die to get rid of Gant.
Charles Drake also delivered a great performance as the physician opposite Murphy's character. While the entire town was in panic and chaos, wondering who Gant had come for, Drake calmly plays a game of chess with the gunman, trying to get inside his head and figure out what "makes him tick."
A suspenseful thriller with a minimum amount of violence, "No Name on the Bullet" comes highly recommended.
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3.0 out of 5 stars slow
rather slow found it borring actually , the only thing held my interest was Audie Murphy , remember watching him as a kid , alwaya made it to movies ,when he was playing , love... Read more
Published on Jan. 17 2012 by jean
4.0 out of 5 stars "No Name on the Bullet (1959) ... Audie Murphy ... Jack Arnold...
Universal Pictures presents "NO NAME ON THE BULLET" (1959) (77 min/Color) -- Starring Audie Murphy, Charles Drake, Joan Evans, Virginia Grey, Warren Stevens & R. G. Read more
Published on June 19 2011 by J. Lovins
5.0 out of 5 stars Very tense, intelligent psychological western
A cold, paid killer comes to town, and the town falls apart in
paranoia, wondering who his target is. Read more
Published on May 29 2011 by K. Gordon
4.0 out of 5 stars Who's the target?
Splendid little suspense western with Audie Murphy in non-typical role as hired killer. Tence, exiting and with a good script and no un-necessary violence, this western comes out... Read more
Published on July 2 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding, often-overlooked western.
Audie Murphy was the most decorated soldier of World War II. After the war he got involved with movies -- predominantly westerns. Frankly, his films are highly variable in quality. Read more
Published on Sept. 29 2000 by D. R. Schryer
4.0 out of 5 stars A psychological western dealing with small-town guilt.
Audie Murphy portrays a young outlaw who kills for money in this psychological thriller, a genre of Westerns, that deals with the impact of people's pasts in a small western town. Read more
Published on Oct. 22 1999 by Sarah Emanuel
3.0 out of 5 stars An edgy performance from an underrated talent, Audie Murphy
This is a very watchable Western featuring Audie Murphy and co-starring Charles Drake (Audie's co-star in "To Hell and Back"). Read more
Published on July 14 1999
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