Death of a Gunfighter

Death of a Gunfighter

Director: Don Siegel, Alan Smithee, Robert J. Totten
Cast: Richard Widmark

DVD (Colorized)

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Famed anonymous director Alan Smithee (in this case a hybrid of Richard Totten and Don Siegel), directed this turgid western drama concerning Marshal Frank Patch (Richard Widmark), who, even though he has kept the peace in Cottonwood Springs for over twenty years, is now considered a local joke by the town liberals who want some new blood in the Marshall's Office. They get it when Patch shoots the drunken Luke Mills (James Lydon) in self-defense. Now the forces of progress really want Patch out. So much so that the local newspaper editor, Andrew Oxley (Kent Smith) demands his resignation. Patch not only refuses to quit but disgraces Oxley so badly in front of his son Will (Mercer Harris) that Oxley kills himself. Will is now out for blood, but Patch remains stoic, even when his old friend Lou (John Saxon) comes to town to advise him to quit. Patch refuses Lou's suggestion but decides to marry Claire (Lena Horne), the owner of the local saloon and whore house. But an uninvited guest attends the wedding ceremony --Will. And both Will and his gun are loaded.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2014
UPC: 0025192097034
Original Release: 1969
Source: Universal Mod
Presentation: [Colorized]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 31,292

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Richard Widmark Marshal Frank Patch
Lena Horne Claire Quintana
Carroll O'Connor Lester Locke
David Opatoshu Edward Rosenbloom
Kent Smith Andrew Oxley
Jacqueline Scott Laurie Mills
Morgan Woodward Ivan Stanek
Larry Gates Mayor Chester Sayre
Dub Taylor Doc Adams
John Saxon Lou Trinidad
Darlene Carr Hilda Jorgenson
Michael McGreevey Dan Joslin
Royal Dano Arch Brandt
Jimmy Lydon Luke Mills
Kathleen Freeman Mary Elizabeth
Harry Carey Rev. Rork
Amy Thomson Angela
Mercer Harris Will Oxley
James O'Hara Father Sweeney
Walter Sande Paul Hammond
Victor French Phil Miller
Robert Sorrells Chris Hogg
Charles Kuenstle Roy Brandt
Sara Taft Mexican Woman

Technical Credits
Don Siegel Director
Alan Smithee Director
Robert J. Totten Director
Joseph Calvelli Screenwriter
Helen Colvig Costumes/Costume Designer
Alexander Golitzen Art Director
Sandy Grace Set Decoration/Design
Carol Hall Songwriter
Andrew Jackson Cinematographer
Howard E. Johnson Art Director
Richard E. Lyons Producer
John McCarthy Set Decoration/Design
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sound/Sound Designer
Oliver Nelson Score Composer,Songwriter
Robert F. Shugrue Editor
Waldon O. Watson Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Stanley Wilson Musical Direction/Supervision

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