Death of A Gunfighter

Death of a Gunfighter

Robert Totten (1969)

PG Certificate


Our Score
This fine grim western bears the hallmarks of its uncredited director, the great Don Siegel, who took over from Robert Totten after Totten fell out with star Richard Widmark. The credit was given to that alias agreed by the Directors Guild, one Allen Smithee (this was, in fact, the first feature to bear the name). Widmark is once again compulsively watchable as a former gunman turned marshal whose presence is an uncomfortable reminder of a town's grim history. Lena Horne is brilliantly cast as his woman - not a mention of her colour - and John Saxon and Carroll O'Connor are notable in support. This may be too downbeat and slow for many tastes, but it's always interesting, and the casting of Widmark and Horne makes it quite a collector's item.



Cast & Crew

Marshal Frank Patch Richard Widmark
Claire Quintana Lena Horne
Lou Trinidad John Saxon
Lester Locke Carroll O'Connor
Edward Rosenbloom David Opatoshu
Andrew Oxley Kent Smith
Laurie Mills Jacqueline Scott
Ivan Stanek Morgan Woodward
Mayor Chester Sayre Larry Gates
Doc Adams Dub Taylor
Hilda Jorgenson Darleen Carr
Dan Joslin Michael McGreevey
Arch Brandt Royal Dano
Luke Mills James Lydon
Mary Elizabeth Kathleen Freeman
Director Robert Totten
Director Don Siegel
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists Ltd