GUNS OF A STRANGER
Filmed at Apacheland July 20 - August 4, 1972
91 Minutes - Released in theaters on May 1, 1973
Directed by Robert Hinkle
Marty Robbins, Chill Wills, Dovie Beams, Steven Tackett, Bill Coontz, Shug Fisher, Tom Hartman, Charles (Aldrich) Aldridge, Levis Brown, Ronny Robbins, Melody Hinkle, Levis Brown
BEHIND THE SCENES:
The original working title for this film was originally called "The Drifter" and was the first Hollywood film produced at Apacheland after the tragic fire of May 25, 1969. This movie was filmed in part at Apacheland Movie Ranch in Apache Junction, Arizona at the newly refurbished western town. Chill Wills Celebrated his 72nd birthday while filming at Apacheland and had a champagne dinner at the Lost Alaskan on Apache Trail in Mesa. Marty Robbins and co-star, Dovie Beams were seen hamming it up at Cobbs Restaurant in Downtown Apache Junction. If you were lucky enough you might have been able to catch Marty Robbins and his cast bathing in the hot mineral spring water at the Buckhorn Baths also on the Apache Trail in Mesa, Arizona.
Forced in the line of duty to kill a young Abilene gunman, Sheriff Matthew Roberts (Marty Robbins)is torn by inner anguish and takes off his bade and leaves Kansas. Time passes and Roberts is known as 'The Drifter', wandering restlessly through the west. In Arizona, he aids an elderly rancher, Tom Duncan (Chill Wills), and his granddaughter, Virginia (Dovie Beams) and her kid-brother Danny (Steven Tackett) in their fight to save their small ranch from a crooked banker and his gang of outlaws.