-->'''Cane Miro:''' I'll make you a deal -
--> I won't try to make you a bad woman, if you stop trying to make me a good man.\\
'''Rose Hood:''' You're not bad, you're just no good.

Cult bombshells Beverly Garland and Allison Hayes star in this low-budget 1956 panthecolor feminist Western directed by Creator/RogerCorman.

When Marshal Hood of Oracle, Texas, is killed by a hired gunman, his quick-shooting widow, Rose (Garland), straps on his gun and star, puts on some pants, and aims to find out who did the hiring. She has her suspicions about the local saloon owner-slash-madam Erica Page, but doesn't have any proof. Still, Erica becomes worried about Rose interfering with her railroad real estate scheme, and sends for a hired gunman to take care of her.

The gunman, Cane Miro, hits it off with Rose soon after arriving in town, and begins trying to stretch the terms of his contract to avoid killing her. However, he has an old [[UsefulNotes/TheAmericanCivilWar Civil War]] grudge against the town's mayor, and Rose finds her hands full trying to keep the man alive and Cain out of trouble. Can Rose stop Erica's plan? Will Rose redeem Cane before it's too late?

See ''[[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E11TheGunslinger here]]'' for the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode.
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!! ''Gunslinger'' contains examples of the following tropes:
* AbortedArc: The movie begins with Rose killing the two men who killed her husband but declaring she still has to settle with whoever hired them[[note]]Erica[[/note]]. That thread is pushed almost immediately to the background due to the concerns for the railroad letter and Cane being brought into town. Only after Jake tells Rose the truth does the plot return to the forefront... only to go right back to the back burner again as Rose notes Jake's testimony is not enough proof to act on. In the end, Rose doesn't actually settle with whoever hired her husband's killers[[note]]Erica[[/note]] because [[spoiler:Cane shoots Erica just as she's getting ready to shoot Rose]].
* ActionGirl: Rose. She becomes the new marshal and easily handles her own in shootouts.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Cane assumes this of Rose. [[spoiler: He's wrong.]]
* AtrociousAlias: Jake '''hates''' being called "Little Man"; it's Erica's pet name for him, and she uses it to literally belittle him.
* AuthorAppeal: Creator/RogerCorman loves strong female protagonists, and regular cast member Beverly Garland continued to fill that role.
* ArtisticLicenseHistory: Cane puts a ''lot'' of importance on the Battle of Lookout Mountain in his vendetta against the mayor, claiming that losing that battle lost the whole war. The actual battle was a relatively minor engagement in 1863, ''two full years'' before the end of the war, and ''after'' the decisive Union victories at Vicksburg and Gettysburg. The engagement didn't even involve the entirety of the armies on both sides, and was fought solely between Hooker's Union XI corps, and three Confederate brigades under Stevenson. Of course, it could be more because he lost his brothers there and blames Polk for it, but uses that idea as an excuse.
* BarBrawl: Rose starts one at Erica's saloon when the latter won't close her business for the night.
* BoomHeadshot: How Rose kills Cane. Though...
-->'''Joel:''' ''[As Rose shoots, his hat is knocked off and he slumps over.]'' Ohhh, shot him right in the hat.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Cane and Rose's relationship, even though the latter isn't gentle with ''other'' criminals.
* CaptainObvious: Cane, when drunk, tries to woo Erica by saying she has "brown eyes." Nothing significant about them, just "brown eyes."
-->'''Tom:''' ''[as Cane]'' And you got a neck.
* {{Cincinnatus}}: Rose quickly cedes the title of Marshal once the state-oppointed Marshal arrives, but it's easy for her since she's wrapped up her revenge by then.
* DatingCatwoman / StarCrossedLovers: The main storyline between Rose and Cane. They're on opposite sides of the law, working at cross purposes -- she upholding justice, he trying to fulfill a vendetta and also hired to assassinate her -- and neither will back down from who they are or what they want (well, he does try to delay killing her). Naturally it ends tragically when Rose is forced to shoot Cane dead.
* DeterminedWidow: Rose. She avenges her husband personally and still aims to settle with whoever hired them.
* TheExile: Erica's saloon dancers are kicked out of the town after their ambush on Rose fails when Cane rides up.
* FailedASpotCheck: How many people in this film hide in plain sight? At one point, Rose and the Mayor discuss how they've hidden him from Cane at a safehouse, while not noticing him sitting on a horse, spying on them, just a dozen yards away '''''in the center of the road'''''.
-->'''Joel:''' Apparently they hadn't invented ''peripheral vision'' yet.
** In the beginning of the film, thanks to the poor camera angle, Rose slips into the sheriff's office while two criminals are waiting around the corner!
-->'''Joel:''' Uh, cue the horses!\\
'''Crow:''' ''[Laughs]'' Corman...\\
'''Joel:''' ''[as the criminals ride up to the office]'' Boy, she is slick. How'd she get by us?
* GambitRoulette: Erica's real estate scheme amounts to gambling. She's buying up land in the hopes that a railroad being built through town will make her rich but there's no indication that she has insider knowledge (and if she does, it's obviously bad information) and there's no indication that she's trying to sway or fix the results. She's simply betting on a possible outcome. She seems to know this: Before the final act, she starts prepping to run for it, in case the plan goes bad.
* HatDamage: Cane's hat is shot off in the final confrontation as he's shot in the head, killing him, though, when shown on ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'', we get this little gem:
-->'''Joel:''' ''[As Cane slumps over dead]'' Oh, right in the hat.
* HollywoodCostuming: The dancers in Erica's saloon are clearly wearing ''pink nylon stockings''. For those playing along at home, that's a fashion that didn't exist until the 1920s, made of material that didn't exist until 1935, dyed a color that would be ''far'' too expensive for anyone in that town to afford.
* IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Jake is in love with Erica while she couldn't care less about returning his feelings. She does, however, claim to love him in order to string him along and do her dirty work when he's capable of pulling it off.
* InLoveWithTheMark: Cane's feelings for Rose
* JobTitle: Rose becomes the gun-slinging Marshal of her town.
* TheLoad: Mayor Polk. He talks about how bravely he fought in the war, but when the actual pressure is on, Cane's depiction of him as a stinking coward comes true and he needs Rose, Joshua, or his wife to protect him.
* LoveDodecahedron: Rose, Cane, Erica and Jake. For those keeping score, Rose and Erica love Cane, Cane loves the both of them, Jake loves Erica but Erica will never give him the time of day.
* MilesGloriosus: Mayor Polk for constantly telling war stories that made him look like a hero, but he's revealed to be a complete coward the moment Cane catches up to him.
* MurderTheHypotenuse / YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: When Jake blows up at Erica, she kicks him out, threatening to kill him herself. He then tries to ambush and kill Cane. After a gunfight between the two men, Jake is killed and Erica claims Cane was acting in self-defense when Rose confronts them.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAGunFight: At the climax, when all else has failed, Mayor Polk finally stands up to confront Cane... [[spoiler: with a pitchfork]]. Naturally, it doesn't end well for him.
* NumberTwoForBrains: Jake can never live up to Erica's expectations.
-->'''Jake:''' Want me to do it?\\
'''Erica:''' Do what?\\
'''Jake:''' Kill 'em?\\
'''Erica:''' No, little man, you'd get caught and that would lead them right to me.[[note]]Jake is well-known as her assistant and would make Erica the prime suspect.[[/note]]
* ReformedButNotTamed: Cane thinks of himself as this. [[spoiler: He's not reformed either.]]
* ReplacementLoveInterest: How long is Marshal Hood dead before Cane comes along? Not even a month.
* RevengeBeforeReason: [[spoiler: Cane's obsession with Mayor Polk proves his undoing.]]
* SmallRoleBigImpact: Marshal Scott Hood is dead before the opening credits, and his widow Rose has dealt with his two killers by the ten-minute mark; but the mystery of who ordered his murder drives much of the rest of the plot. Well, kind of, see AbortedArc above.
* StayInTheKitchen: Kind of a weird example: When Rose is importuning Mayor Polk to anoint her Marshal, Mrs. Polk urges him to just do it and get it over with. Her reason? She has a roast in the oven. It's entirely possible this was meant as a clever contrast between Rose's progressive attitude and Mrs. Polk's more traditional mindset, though Mrs. Polk has zero issue with Rose being an authority figure.
* StuffedInTheFridge: Rose's husband is dead before the opening credits roll, and he only seemed to exist to motivate Rose to seek vengeance against his killers.
* TooDumbToLive: Mayor Polk. The only reason Cane didn't kill him earlier in the film was because somebody was around to bail him out every time, and he continues to stay a sitting duck right up until he's finally killed.
-->'''Mayor Polk:''' I figured if [a jail cell] could keep a killer in, it could keep a killer out.
-->'''Tom Servo:''' Well he could ''shoot'' ya!
* ZanyScheme: The Mayor sees Erica's plot (buying up all the land in town in hopes that a new railroad will make property values skyrocket) as this. Particularly since it's not even guaranteed that the new railroad will run through Oracle. [[spoiler:It won't.]]