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The Gunfighter (1950)

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Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

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Mrs. August Pennyfeather
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A reformed Gunfighter Jimmy Ringo is on his way to a sleepy town in the hope of a reunion with his estranged sweetheart and their young son who he has never seen. On arrival, a chance meeting with some old friends including the town's Marshal gives the repentant Jimmy some respite. But as always Jimmy's reputation has already cast its shadow, this time in the form of three vengeful cowboys hot on his trail and a local gunslinger hoping to use Jimmy to make a name for himself. With a showdown looming, the town is soon in a frenzy as news of Jimmy's arrival spreads. His movements are restricted to the saloon while a secret meeting with his son can be arranged giving him ideas of a long term reunion with his family far removed from his wild past. Written by Anonymous

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His only friend was his gun... His only refuge - a woman's heart! See more »

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21 August 1950 (Sweden)  »

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Der Scharfschütze  »

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In the original ending Hunt Bromley was arrested by the sheriff, but studio chief Darryl Zanuck was so enraged at this resolution, so director King and writer Johnson concocted the ending where Bromley is beat up by the sheriff and let go. That satisfied Zanuck more. See more »

Goofs

When Jimmy Ringo goes into the hotel room to get the sniper with the winchester rifle, the lock on the door is just a handle. There is no mechanism to go into the jamb to allow the door to lock. See more »

Quotes

Eddie: He don't look so tough to me.
Bit Part: Well if he ain't so tough, there's been an awful lot of sudden natural deaths in his vicinity.
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Beautiful Dreamer
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Composed by Stephen Foster
Played by the pianist at the bar
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One of Gregory Peck's finest performances.....
17 April 2001 | by (Salinas, Ca) – See all my reviews

Other than "To Kill a Mockingbird", I have not considered Gregory Peck to be a great actor. Having only seen him in films like "Roman Holiday","The Man in the Gray-Flannel Suit" and "Spellbound" I always thought his acting style was a little on the stiff side.

However, and this is a big however........I have now seen both "The Gunfighter" and "Twelve-O-Clock High" (he made them in succession) and realize that he can be sensational in the right part.

His portrayal of Jimmy Ringo was so wonderful, especially at the end, I have completely changed my opinion regarding his acting ability. I also thought that Millard Mitchell (the Marshal) was excellent. The final scenes of this movie were absolutely riveting........which is not always the case with westerns. I was also not surprised to find out later that this script was nominated for an Academy Award. I would watch this movie again just for the dialogue.


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