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Two Gun Man

Two Gun Man
Directed byPhil Rosen
Screenplay byJack Natteford
Story byW. Scott Darling
Produced byPhil Goldstone
StarringKen Maynard
Lucille Powers
Charles King
CinematographyArthur Reed
Edited byMartin G. Cohn
Release date
  • May 15, 1931 (1931-05-15) (US)[1]
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States

Two Gun Man is a 1931 American Pre-Code Western film directed by Phil Rosen and starring Ken Maynard, Lucille Powers, and Charles King. It was released on May 15, 1931, by Tiffany Productions and was later re=released by Amity Pictures.


Carson City, Nevada, 1896: A large consolidate cattle company aims to bring in 40,000 head of cattle under the Federal government's open range program. This will wipe out the local ranchers. To speed up the demise of the locals, Tulliver, the head of the cattle conglomerate decides on a two-prong attack in the range war. First he hires gunslingers, called "Two Gun Men" based on the pair of revolvers they carry. The second plan is infiltrating a fifth column of his men who act as range hands for the locals, but do all they can to destroy their herds.

During a gunfight in the street, Tolliver sees two new arrivals, Blackie and Old Joe. Impressed by their behaviour under fire, Tolliver decides to hire Blackie as one of his Two Gun Men. Blackie says he will only work for him if he accepts his elderly mentor Joe. Tolliver laughs at Joe's age, Blackie replies what better recommendation is there for a two gun man than surviving into old age. Tolliver agrees to hire them.

When Blackie sees what Tolliver is up to, he changes his mind on signing up. After Joe leaves to eat, Blackie stays behind for dinner at the saloon and meets Kitty, an amusing bargirl and they strike up a relationship. As Tolliver is enraged that Blackie changed his mind about working for him, he gets angrier as he his sweet on Kitty. Tolliver belts Blackie with a sucker punch with brass knuckles and throws him out.

Old Joe comes back with his two guns that he holds the saloon at bay with where Blackie wants the chance to get even with Tolliver in a fair fight, where Tolliver comes out second best.

Blackie and Joe get hired by the local ranchers where they train them to be two gun men.[2]

Cast list


  1. ^ "Two Gun Man". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on May 26, 2018. Retrieved May 26, 2018.
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Two Gun Man". AllMovie. Archived from the original on September 6, 2021. Retrieved September 6, 2021.

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