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Winchester '73

Winchester '73

Anthony Mann (1950)

88min
U Certificate
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Review

Our Score
The first of a marvellous series of movies pairing star James Stewart and director Anthony Mann, this western doesn't really tell the tale of "the gun that won the West". Instead, it focuses on the legendary "one in a thousand" perfect Winchester, seen here as a prize in a Dodge City shooting contest where Will Geer, as Wyatt Earp, presides over sharpshooters Stewart and a brilliantly sneering Stephen McNally. This is a fine, mature work: adult, intelligent and moral, creating a laconic new persona for the admirable Stewart. The brilliant black-and-white camerawork is by Garbo's favourite, William Daniels, and Mann's use of transition (dissolves, fades to black) is exemplary. Also, watch out for a pre-stardom Rock Hudson as Young Bull, and an even younger Tony Curtis as a cavalry trooper.

Summary

A gunslinger tracks down his father's killer, but is unable to exact his revenge because the sheriff of the town makes a point of confiscating all firearms. Instead he challenges him to compete in a shooting competition to win a superb rifle, but when the murderer loses, he steals the coveted prize. Western, starring James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea and Stephen McNally.

Cast & Crew

Lin McAdam James Stewart
Lola Manners Shelley Winters
Waco Johnny Dean Dan Duryea
Dutch Henry Brown Stephen McNally
Johnny "High Spade" Williams Millard Mitchell
Steve Miller Charles Drake
Joe Lamont John McIntire
Wyatt Earp Will Geer
Sergeant Wilkes Jay C Flippen
Young Bull Rock Hudson
Jack Rider John Alexander (1)
Wesley Steve Brodie
Doan Tony Curtis
Director Anthony Mann
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Available on: Available on video and DVD

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