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Winchester '73

  • Drama
  • 1950
  • Anthony Mann
  • 88 mins
  • U

Summary

Western starring James Stewart, Dan Duryea and Shelley Winters. Lin McAdam arrives in Dodge City in hot pursuit of his father's killer. He wins a coveted Winchester '73 rifle in the Fourth of July shooting contest, but the gun is stolen and McAdam sets about retrieving his prize.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Lin McAdamJames Stewart
Lola MannersShelley Winters
Waco Johnny Dean Dan Duryea
Dutch Henry BrownStephen McNally
Johnny "High Spade" WilliamsMillard Mitchell
Steve MillerCharles Drake
Joe LamontJohn McIntire
Wyatt EarpWill Geer
Sergeant WilkesJay C Flippen
Young BullRock Hudson
Jack RiderJohn Alexander (1)
WesleySteve Brodie
DoanTony Curtis

Crew

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DirectorAnthony Mann

Details

Available on
video and DVD
Formats
Black and white
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