This is a fairly decent example of one of the early Italian westerns. It was made before the Leone influence began to dominate, but it still has an unmistakably Euro-western feel to it.The music score is actually pretty good. It has enough cool sounding guitar and organ notes to set it apart from the boring music found in most American westerns. The cheesy dubbing is also here in full force. The movie made me chuckle a few times, which is always a plus, whether the humor is intentional or not.This is a standard good guys vs. bad guys story with a lone ranger-like lead character named Jim Hart, played adequately by Cameron Mitchell. Hart's friend, the man called Guitar, is actually more like the typical spaghetti western protagonist. Neither good nor bad, Guitar is simply out for his own good time. Kitty Carver is stunning as Dolores, the feisty barmaid who becomes Guitar's girlfriend. She has that incredible exotic beauty that so many female spaghetti western characters possess. Livio Lorenzon is entertaining as Jess, the cheesy, over the top villain who keeps laughing through the whole movie, even while he is dying in the finale! It is possible that this film may have been trying to be an American western, but, thankfully, it did not succeed. It's much more entertaining just the way it is. I wouldn't recommend it to everyone, but if you're a die-hard spaghetti western fan who doesn't take things too seriously, this one's worth a watch.
Nothing about \"Stranger in Sacramento\" director Sergio Bergonzelli's largely predictable horse opera \"The Last Gun\" qualifies as original, but this derivative Spaghetti western is more than palatable with solid production values. Cameron Mitchell, who appeared in his share of westerns in Tinseltown, stars as a notorious gunslinger who hangs up his hardware so he can settle down as a respectable storekeeper in a frontier town. Meanwhile, a trigger-happy outlaw, Jess (the ubiquitous Livio Lorenzon), who looks like the Europe's answer to Telly Savalas, plots with a corrupt, local banker to hijack a shipment of gold. Not surprisingly, things don't go as planned for Jess and his army of gunfighters. It seems that a mysterious pistolero turns up when they least expect him and thwarts our villain's every move. \"The Last Gun\" is an appropriately loquacious sagebrusher when one of the villains isn't being gunned down by an enigmatic figure in black leather with a bandanna covering his face. The townspeople quarrel among themselves about these intruders, but they are powerless to evict them. Clearly, \"The Last Gun\" draws inspiration from those traditional Hollywood oaters where an unsympathetic gunslinger struggles to blend into the scenery and not call attention to himself. Eventually, our reluctant hero must decide whether to maintain his anonymity or behave like a vigilante to preserve law and order. This movie pays homage to 1950's westerns with its opening ballad. Actually, \"The Last Gun\" recalls John Wayne's first singing western \"Riders of Destiny\" (1933)because one of the key characters rides through the rugged terrain warbling a tune to the accompaniment of his own guitar strumming. After the opening theme ballad, things settle down as Jess's gang terrorizes the town of Sanderson. Moreover, \"The Last Gun\" hero is a reformed gunman instead of a swift-shooting bounty hunter. Bergonzelli and scenarists Ambrogio Molteni and James Wilde Jr., unveil the film's the best-kept secret during the final moments of the action. Livio Lorenzon makes a thoroughly slimy villain. His men and he run roughshod over everybody in town and the dutiful sheriff has to tolerate their presence because he is only one man. 1e1e36bf2d