JOHNNY YUMA is a 1967 spaghetti western starring Mark Manon in the title role. It has nothing to do with the Nick Adams TV series, The Rebel, though.
Johnny Yuma is a former gunman making his way to his uncle’s ranch, having been summoned to help run it after his uncle’s accident. Thomas Felton’s scheming wife, Samantha, has different ideas though.
She gets her brother to kill her husband and sends a servant with a message to an ex-lover, Linus Jerome Carradine. Unfortunately, the message says the servant murdered Felton and a thousand dollars is offered for him.
She knows there’s a will leaving everything to Johnny and needs time to find it, wanting Carradine to find Johnny and kill him.
The two men, not knowing each other at the time, form a bond during a saloon fight though when Johnny catches a card sharp trying to cheat him. During the fight, each man saves the other’s life from back shooters. They even swap gunbelts(I don’t know why this was done) and weapons.
Later in the movie, when Johnny and Carradine are facing each other down, double crossing Samantha sends her brother and his men to make sure they are both dead, forcing a team-up between the pair to eliminate the gang.
The film is a pretty good western.
For me, there was a jarring note though. Johnny has a Mexican sidekick to provide the comic relief, which I thought was totally unnecessary, but the cowardly fellow was certainly no Tuco, Eli Wallach’s character from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.