Money, Women and Guns (1958) Jock Mahoney, Kim Hunter, Tim Hovey, Gene Evans, Tom Drake Movie Review

Money, Women and Guns (1958)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Jock Mahoney in Money, Women and Guns (1958)

Mahoney's Heir Finder

Having just struck it rich after finding gold an old prospector is shot dead by 3 men but not before he manages to scribble down his will on the lid of a box of dynamite. It is why 'Silver' Ward Hogan (Jock Mahoney) comes to town as a lawyer wants him to not only find out who it was who killed the old prospector but at the same time track down the legitimate heirs to the fortune not easy when there is such little information to go on.

I've got my cliche list in hand and as I watch "Money, Women and Guns" I find my pencil filling in the indentations left from the last 1950s western I watched, not something which surprises me in the slightest. But neither does it disappoint me because like with modern Hallmark movies these old westerns worked to a series of cliches and in doing so delivered what the audiences expected and mostly wanted, the handsome hero coming in to town and doing his thing whilst taking a punch or two to the chin every so often.

But "Money, Women and Guns" does have a bit of a twist on the usual western set up as it has this mystery storyline where Ward is trying to track down heirs to a mining fortune and also some murderers which could possibly over lap as of course when you have a gold strike greed becomes part of the movie's storyline. Whilst it isn't anything special when you compare it to thrillers it does mean that for western fans there is something which draws you in a little more than the usual fights and so on.

What this all boils down to is that "Money, Women and Guns" is 99% just another 1950s western, the sort which was churned out by studios due to the then audiences love of handsome cowboys fighting the bad guys. But it does feature a nice bit of a mystery with the hero trying to track down heirs which helps to make it just a little bit more interesting than the usual set up.