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The Restless Gun
Genre Western
Directed by Christian Nyby
Edward Ludwig
Sam Strangis
Jus Addiss
Starring John Payne
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 78
Production
Executive producer(s) John Payne
Producer(s) David Dortort
Felix Jackson
Location(s) California
Broadcast
Original channel NBC (first season)
ABC (second season)
Picture format 1.33:1 monochrome
Audio format monaural
Original run 1957 – 1959

The Restless Gun is a western television series that appeared on NBC. The series starred John Payne as a gregarious, intelligent, wandering cowhand–gunslinger. The half-hour black and white 1957–59 program ran for 78 episodes. The pilot was broadcast as an installment of the anthology series The Schlitz Playhouse of Stars on March 29, 1957; it was based on the old radio series The Six Shooter and Payne's character had the same name: Britt Ponset. This was changed to Vint Bonner when the actual series began. Some episodes of the series were based on the radio programs.

Guest actors appearing on the series included Henry Hull, Edgar Buchanan, Jack Elam, Dan Blocker, James Coburn, John Dehner, Claude Akins, Roscoe Ates, Denver Pyle, Olive Carey, Robert Fuller, Ellen Corby, Don Grady, Patrick McVey, Tyler McVey, Joyce Meadows, John Mitchum (Robert Mitchum's brother), Gregg Palmer, Mala Powers, Fay Spain, and Ray Teal. Blocker and Coburn each had their first substantive screen roles on the program. One of the show's producers, David Dortort, would go on to produce the more successful Bonanza TV series, which debuted right after The Restless Gun was cancelled.

In its first season, The Restless Gun was aired opposite The Burns and Allen Show on CBS and the short-live variety program, The Guy Mitchell Show, on ABC. In the second season, CBS aired a western, Rory Calhoun's The Texan, opposite The Restless Gun.

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