Winchester '73

Winchester '73

Director: Anthony Mann Cast: James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea

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Overview

Lin McAdam (James Stewart) and his friend High-Spade (Millard Mitchell) arrive in Dodge City for a shooting contest, in which the prize is a perfectly manufactured Winchester repeating rifle, referred to as "One of a Thousand" -- a gun so fine that Winchester won't sell it. Lin runs across Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) in a saloon and the two would kill each other right there but for the fact that town marshal Wyatt Earp (Will Geer) has everyone's guns. Lin wins the rifle in an extraordinary marksmanship match-up with Brown, but the latter steals the prize from him and sets out across the desert. Thus begins a battle of wits and nerves, and a pursuit to the death. The roots and raw psychological dimensions of that chase are only exposed gradually, across a story arc that includes references to Custer's Last Stand, run-ins with marauding Indians, a heroic stand with a a shady but well-intentioned grifter (Charles Drake), and a meeting with murderous sociopath named Waco Johnny Dean (Dan Duryea), plus a romantic encounter with a young, golden-hearted frontier woman (Shelley Winters). All of these story lines eventually get drawn together neatly and gracefully by director Anthony Mann, who balances the violence of the events with a lyrical, almost poetic visual language.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/06/1992
UPC: 0096898032537
Original Release: 1950
Rating: NR
Source: Universal Studios

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Stewart Lin McAdam
Shelley Winters Lola Manners
Dan Duryea Waco Johnny Dean, the Kansas Kid
Stephen McNally Dutch Henry Brown
Charles Drake Steve Miller
Rock Hudson Young Bull
Millard Mitchell Johnny "High Spade" Williams
Tony Curtis Doan
John McIntire Joe Lamont
Jay C. Flippen Sgt. Wilkes
John Alexander Jack Riker
Steve Brodie Wesley
James Millican Wheeler
Abner Biberman Latigo Means
James Best Crator
Mel Archer Bartender
Will Geer Wyatt Earp
Tim Hawkins Boy at Rifle Shoot
Ted Mapes Bartender
Gregg Martell Mossman
Virginia Mullen Mrs. Jameson
Chuck Roberson Long Tom
Tony Taylor Boy
Bill McKenzie Boy at Rifle Shoot
Bob Anderson Basset
Ray Bennett Charles Bender
Frank Chase Cavalryman
Edmund Cobb Target watcher
Frank Conlan Clerk
Steven Darrell Bat Masterson
John Doucette Roan Daley
Bonnie Kay Eddy Betty Jameson
Carol Henry Dudeen
Ethan Laidlaw Station master
Bud Osborne Man
Forrest Taylor Target Clerk
Ray Teal Marshal Noonan
John War Eagle Indian interpreter
Guy Wilkerson Virgil
Chief Yowlachie Indian
Larry Olsen Boy at Rifle Shoot

Technical Credits
Anthony Mann Director
Leslie I. Carey Sound/Sound Designer
Borden Chase Screenwriter
Edward A. Curtiss Editor
William H. Daniels Cinematographer
Richard DeWeese Sound/Sound Designer
Roland A. Fields Art Director
Russell A. Gausman Art Director,Set Decoration/Design
Joseph E. Gershenson Score Composer
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Nathan Juran Art Director
Robert L. Richards Screenwriter
Aaron Rosenberg Producer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Yvonne Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

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Winchester '73 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Stewart made a great choice to make this film. Many thought he would be out of his element, as he was the all-american guy-next-door in his early pre-WW2 films. He wanted to prove everyone wrong creating a much more hard-nosed roughened up character from his experiences in the war. He came back a different man and a different actor, and this change proved a successful one. The film has a great cast, story, and director.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of the great westerns, and I think, James Stewart's best. Stewart displays a hardness which he had not hitherto shown. The scene in the bar where he jams Dan Duryea's face into it while twisting his arm, shows us a man who it is best not to trifle with. This may be Duryea's best performance also. Millard Mitchell, as Stewart's sidekick, is supurb. Anthony Mann's direction of his great cast is a primer of how to pace the action and the drama so that his audience never loses interest. The prize rifle of the title is like a leitmotiv from a Wagner music drama. Its journey from hand-to-hand is the thread that ties the story together. One of those hands is young Rock Hudson as the indian chief. I saw this western when it was first released and it remains, along with Red River, Shane and perhaps a dozen others, as indespensible to any western lover's library.
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