The Gunfighter

  • U
  • Henry King (1950)
  • US
  • 81 min
The Gunfighter
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Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

Gregory Peck gives a performance of characteristic dignity and grit in this simmering western about the stark realities of frontier life. Having been forced to go for his gun by a barroom braggart, gunslinger Peck rides off to a neighbouring town to visit his estranged wife and son, only to find his presence resented by the locals and his life threatened by the brothers of his latest victim. Veteran director Henry King expertly strips away the glamour of the gunfighter to reveal a lonely man who regrets his past, but knows that killing is his only future.

Plot Summary

Western starring Gregory Peck. Renowned gunfighter Jimmy Ringo would like to retire but his reputation ensures that he is constantly being drawn into confrontations. In an attempt to change his life, Ringo visits his son and estranged wife, but even in their small community he is unable to escape his bloody past.

Cast and crew


Jimmy Ringo
Gregory Peck
Peggy Walsh
Helen Westcott
Sheriff Mark Strett
Millard Mitchell
Jean Parker
Karl Malden
Hunt Bromley
Skip Homeier
Anthony Ross
Mrs Pennyfeather
Verna Felton
Mrs Devlin
Ellen Corby
Richard Jaeckel
First brother
Alan Hale Jr
Second brother
David Clarke
Third Brother
John Pickard


Henry King

Other Information

Black and White
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox Film Co. Ltd
Available on video and DVD
Certificate U