Cattle King
Cattle King - Film Poster.jpg
Theatrical Film Poster
Directed byTay Garnett
Written byThomas Thompson
Produced byNat Holt
StarringRobert Taylor
CinematographyWilliam E. Snyder
Edited byGeorge White
Music byPaul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
Color processMetrocolor[1]
Missouri Productions
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • July 31, 1963 (1963-07-31)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1,065,000[2]

Cattle King is a 1963 American Western film directed by Tay Garnett. It stars Robert Taylor and Robert Loggia.[3] It was also known by the alternative title of Guns of Wyoming in some countries.


A range war is building in Wyoming. Caught on opposite sides are Sam Brassfield, who builds fences to protect his grass land, and Clay Mathews, a cattle baron determined to keep an open range.

Both men argue their case before the cattlemen's association to President Chester A. Arthur, who happens to be in Cheyenne for a visit. A hired gun of Mathews picks a fight with Brassfield's top man, Johnny Quatro, in a saloon, then vows revenge after Brassfield intervenes.

Brassfield proposes marriage to Sharleen Travers, who runs a neighboring ranch with her brother Harry. At first the spineless Harry sides with Mathews, but after a scolding from his sister, he apologizes to Brassfield. A while thereafter, the hired gun Bodine shoots and wounds the unarmed Harry, then kills Sharleen in cold blood.

Another rancher mistakenly blames Brassfield for a raid that Matthews ordered. He changes sides after overhearing Brassfield speak on his behalf to the President. In a final showdown, Brassfield urges Mathews to keep the dispute between themselves, then outdraws Mathews in a gunfight. Bodine also pulls a gun, but Quatro shoots him down.


Box office

According to MGM records, the film earned $435,000 in the US and Canada and $650,000 elsewhere resulting in a gain of $20,000.[2]

See also


  1. ^ "AFI|Catalog".
  2. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study.
  3. ^ "Cattle King (1963) - Tay Garnett | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via

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