As a professional gunfighter who takes over the town that has hired him to do a job of murder, Gilbert Roland did what little anyone could to make "Invitation to a Gunfight" credible and made it fun to watch. Roland, plays a heavy with a broad-shouldered, slim-hipped swaggerer that oozes assurance with weapons and women, a model of nonchalant menace and graceful arrogance. When he was finally shot down, Roland fell with flair, demonstrated with a striking crooked sprawl that even playing a dead man he looks better than a lot of TV actors do alive.
Anne Bancroft, with the help of Richard Basehart who provided her with a copy of Gibson's play entitled, "Two for the Seesaw", studied the role and entered the audition with a veteran's grasp of the character. She immediately won over both the playwright and the producer. She then met with the director, Arthur Penn, who was so impressed he immediately cast her in another "Playhouse 90" he was about to direct, entitled "Invitation to a Gunfighter."
Hal Goodman's story was made into the 1964 motion picture, "Invitation to a Gunfighter" starred Yul Brynner, Janice Rule, George Segal and Pat Hingle.
Based on the old adage, "Be careful what you ask for; you may get it."