Playing in the Starlight Room · 21+ Venue
Hollywood legend Barbara Stanwyck saddled up with writer-director Sam Fuller for the pulp maestro's most audacious western, a boldly feminist spin on the genre that pivots effortlessly between ribald humor, visceral action, and disarming tenderness. High-riding rancher Jessica Drummond (Stanwyck) commands a forty-strong posse of cowboys, ruling Cochise County, Arizona without challenge. When U.S. Marshall Griff Bonnell (Barry Sullivan) and his brothers arrive in town with a warrant for one of her hired guns, Jessica begins to fall for the lawman even as he chips away at her authority. With astonishing black and white CinemaScope photography, hard-boiled dialogue laced with double entendres, and a fiery performance by Stanwyck at her most imperious, FORTY GUNS is a virtuoso display of Fuller's sharpshooting talents.
Wes Bonnell: "I never kissed a gunsmith before."
Louvenia Spanger: "Any recoil?