That’s the main title to The Quiet Gun (1957), a good little RegalScope picture directed by William F. Claxton.
Below is a screen capture from the middle of the film — as it plays pan-and-scan on Westerns Channel. The fingers on the bottom left, and the tip of the hat, belong to Lee Van Cleef, who is completely in the frame when you see it the way you’re supposed to see it. That’s Forrest Tucker in the chair.
This shows just how hard it is to watch these things when they’re not presented properly. Now, I’m sure everyone that passes by this blog knows all about the widescreen vs. pan-and-scan issue, but watching this tonight was maddening.
This movie — no, make that any movie — and all the artists and craftsmen who made them, deserve better than this.
This is the only way I’ve ever seen The Quiet Gun, and I’m happy to say it holds up.