frontier firearm featured on Showtime's western series DEAD
Set in the Old West of the 1870s, the series followed the
trail of a haunted gun (allegedly "forged in hell") as it
passed from person to person and (for good or bad) effectively
changed their lives. Legend has it that the Dead Man's Gun
grants whoever possesses it unforeseen powers.
The Dead Man's Gun
At the conclusion of each episode, the poisonous pistol
lies in wait for its next unwitting victim. Critics referred
to the series as “a cross between BONANZA and THE TWILIGHT
"The American west. A gun touched by evil passed from hand to
hand...changing the lives of all who possessed it. Its origin
unknown. Its dark legend grew until it came to be known as THE
DEAD MAN'S GUN." [Voice of Kris Kristofferson]
A ruthless bounty hunter (Michael Moriarty)
examines the Dead Man's Gun
on episode "Death Warrant"
TRIVIA NOTE: A similar anthology series
GUN/ABC/1997 followed the trail of a pistol as it passed from
one owner to another.
The first episode starred Daniel Stern
as Harvey Hochfelder, a semi-successful actor who foiled a
convenience store robbery pulled off with the assistance of
The gun in question was a 1911-A officer issued
Colt.45 semi-automatic nickel-plated pearl-handled gun. U2's
recording of the Beatles' "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" acted as
the series theme song.
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