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Director:
Writers:
William Bowers (screenplay) and
William Sellers (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
21 August 1950 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
RINGO WAS HIS NAME! THE CHALLENGE OF EVERY OUTLAW GUNMAN! THE NOTORIOUS SELF-DEFENSE KILLER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Psychological Western with an impressive Gregory Peck See more (60 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gregory Peck ... Jimmy Ringo
Helen Westcott ... Peggy Walsh

Millard Mitchell ... Marshal Mark Strett

Jean Parker ... Molly

Karl Malden ... Mac
Skip Homeier ... Hunt Bromley
Anthony Ross ... Deputy Charlie Norris

Verna Felton ... Mrs. August Pennyfeather

Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Devlin

Richard Jaeckel ... Eddie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
Murray Alper ... Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
Larry Buchanan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Cliff Clark ... Jerry Marlowe (uncredited)
Angela Clarke ... Mac's Wife (uncredited)

David Clarke ... Second Brother (uncredited)
Edmund Cobb ... Citizen (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Crowd Extra (uncredited)
Eddie Ehrhart ... Archie (uncredited)

Alan Hale Jr. ... First Brother (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Ike (uncredited)
Jean Inness ... Alice Marlowe (uncredited)
Tommy Lee ... Long Fu - Cayenne Restaurant Cook (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Barfly (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Mrs. O'Brien (uncredited)
Harry Mendoza ... Frank Loving (uncredited)
James Millican ... Pete (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Pablo (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ... Man on Street (uncredited)
B.G. Norman ... Jimmie Walsh (uncredited)
Eddie Parks ... Joe the Barber (uncredited)
Hank Patterson ... Jake (uncredited)
John Pickard ... Third Brother (uncredited)
Warren Schannon ... Boy (uncredited)
Harry Shannon ... Chuck (uncredited)
Kim Spalding ... Clerk (uncredited)
Houseley Stevenson ... Mr. Barlow (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... George the Grocer (uncredited)

Kenneth Tobey ... Swede (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Barfly (uncredited)
Archie Twitchell ... Johnny (uncredited)
William Vedder ... Minister (uncredited)

Dan White ... Card Player in Barber Shop (uncredited)
Blackie Whiteford ... Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
Anne Whitfield ... Carrie Lou (uncredited)
Credda Zajac ... Mrs. Cooper (uncredited)

Directed by
Henry King 
 
Writing credits
William Bowers (screenplay) and
William Sellers (screenplay)

William Bowers (story) and
André De Toth (story) (as Andre de Toth)

Roger Corman  uncredited
Nunnally Johnson  uncredited

Produced by
Nunnally Johnson .... producer
 
Original Music by
Alfred Newman 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur C. Miller (director of photography) (as Arthur Miller)
 
Film Editing by
Barbara McLean 
 
Art Direction by
Richard Irvine 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott (set decorations) (as Walter M.Scott)
 
Costume Design by
Travilla (costumes designed by)
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Myrtle Ford .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Joseph C. Behm .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
F.E. 'Johnny' Johnston .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Roger Heman Sr. .... sound (as Roger Heman)
 
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Stunts
Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke York .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Paul Lockwood .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Maupin .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear .... wardrobe (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman .... conductor (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Roger Corman .... story editor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
85 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Canada:G (video rating) | Finland:K-12 | Germany:12 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1950) (one cut) | Norway:A | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:U (tv rating) | UK:U (video rating) (1994) | USA:Not Rated | USA:Approved (PCA #14217) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
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:
Continuity: 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:
Deputy Charlie Norris:He don't look so tough to me.
Marshal Mark Strett:Yeah, yeah. That's the way it always starts. He don't look so tough to somebody.
Deputy Charlie Norris:Except with this somebody, it's gonna stop right there too.
Marshal Mark Strett:You better. Because with a man like that you can't come off much better than second.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Next Stop, Greenwich Village (1976)See more »
Soundtrack:
Beautiful DreamerSee more »

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21 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
Psychological Western with an impressive Gregory Peck, 14 October 2006
Author: Camera Obscura from The Dutch Mountains

The Western is not my favorite genre. I've seen some of John Ford's classics and many B-Westerns. Of most I can't even remember the titles, but this one is different. It's much more a psychological study, without the grand landscapes, backgrounds or epic story lines. If John Ford's splendid cinematography is not for you, this one cuts back to the basics of human relationships, without the epic adventure many Westerns try to depict.

This film is skimmed down to an absolute minimum with Gregory Peck as Jimmy Ringo, notorious killer and the deadliest shot in the Old West. Though his appetite for bloodletting is over, Ringo is forced to stay on the run from young ambitious gunners determined to shoot him down. After killing an upstart in self-defense, he escapes to the nearby town of Caynenne. There, he hopes to convince his estranged wife (Helen Westcott) to resume their life together, but his arrival causes a sensation. With more young bucks gunning for him, Ringo's fate lies in the hands of the sheriff (Millard Mitchell), his old bandit partner.

With this film the old credo, "less is more", is evident. No great showdowns, not much action, just Gregory Peck in a great character study with carefully built-up tension. He never let me down, giving a fantastic performance, again.

Camera Obscura --- 9/10

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