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Invitation to a Gunfighter


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{font:Times New Roman}A few weeks ago I stumbled onto a 1965 Western, *Invitation to a Gunfighter,* which starred Yul Brynner, Janice Rule and George Segal. It’s a post-Civil War story set in an Arizona town which is nearly all Union except for Segal’s character who fought for the South. The town’s leader can’t drive him out so when gunman Brynner comes to town he’s hired to kill the soldier. Rule is the soldier’s New England girlfriend who married the big shot’s son when the soldier chose the South but finds she still loves him. Brynner falls for her and becomes conflicted because he likes the soldier’s courage.{font}



{font:Times New Roman}What makes this different is when we learn the gunman’s ancestry. It’s something that’s often not addressed in Westerns but should be. It’s a very well made and acted film and needs to be discovered. It’s in color so you get great scenery and costumes as well as a fine supporting cast. {font}



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Deal me in as a fan of this little known film.

This is the second time that Brynner's exotic look was described as a Cajun gunslinger, the first being "The Magnificent Seven". The scene when he explains his name on the chalkboard to the local populace is a hoot.

The supporting cast - Strother Martin, Mike Kellin and Yul's buddy, Brad Dexter - all contribute to the fine acting by the leads.

There are worse ways to spend a Saturday afternoon.

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