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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:
Hellhounds On My Trail See more (63 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)
C.E. Anderson ... Street Loafer (uncredited)
Carl Andre ... Street Loafer (uncredited)
Gregg Barton ... Pete's Pal (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
Peter Brocco ... Card Player (uncredited)
Larry Buchanan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
Harry Carter ... Townsman (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)
Donald Duran ... Boy (uncredited)
Eddie Ehrhart ... Archie (uncredited)

Alan Hale Jr. ... First Brother (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harry Harvey ... Ike (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Card Player (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ... Card Player (uncredited)
Jean Inness ... Alice Marlowe (uncredited)
Tommy Lee ... Long Fu - Cayenne Restaurant Cook (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Barfly (uncredited)
Terry MacRae ... Street Loafer (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... Pete's Pal (uncredited)

Mae Marsh ... Mrs. O'Brien (uncredited)
Forrest Matthews ... Bud (uncredited)
John McKee ... Card Player (uncredited)
Harry Mendoza ... Frank Loving (uncredited)
James Millican ... Pete (uncredited)
Ralph Moody ... Old Man (uncredited)
Alberto Morin ... Pablo (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ... Man on Street (uncredited)
B.G. Norman ... Jimmie Walsh (uncredited)
Herman Nowlin ... Skeeter (uncredited)
Eddie Parks ... Joe the Barber (uncredited)
Hank Patterson ... Jake (uncredited)
John Pickard ... Third Brother (uncredited)
Warren Schannon ... Boy (uncredited)
Harry Shannon ... Chuck (uncredited)
George Slocum ... Street Loafer (uncredited)
Marvin Smith ... Boy (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)
Duke York ... Pete's Pal (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
Darryl F. Zanuck .... executive producer (uncredited)
 
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)
 
Visual 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)
Urban Thielmann .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Teresa Brachetto .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Roger Corman .... story editor (uncredited)
William Steele .... technical advisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
85 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Argentina:13 | 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:
Even though he portrays one of the "fastest guns in the west", Gregory Peck is never seen doing a "fast draw" from his holster.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:
Jimmy Ringo:[to Archie, the boy sweeping up the saloon] You got a livery stable here, boy?
Archie:[just stares at Jimmy Ringo]
Mac:Uh, he's a little astonished, Jimmy.
Jimmy Ringo:When you get him un-astonished, tell him to take care of my horse.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in People in Luck (1963)See more »
Soundtrack:
Beautiful DreamerSee more »

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10 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
Hellhounds On My Trail, 3 October 2005
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

Of all the westerns cranked out by the Hollywood film factory over the years only a few have become classics. This is possibly the best one of them all, much better than such highly touted items as John Ford's "The Searchers." And Gregory Peck plays the gunfighter to perfection. Peck was such a creative and brilliant actor, one wonders why he was so under appreciated. "The Gunfighter" gives Peck his best movie role, even better than his marvelous Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird." Almost matching Gregory Peck is a stellar cast with stand out performances by Karl Malden, Millard Mitchell, Jean Parker, and Helen Westcott. Of special note are the characterizations by Skip Homeier as the wannabe gunfighter, sort of a carbon copy of Jimmy Ringo (Gregory Peck) when he was wet behind the ears, and Richard Jaeckel who makes the most of his brief part.

What really makes this movie shine is Henry King's direction. When the movie opens, we see the gunfighter riding across the prairie as if pursued by the devil. One is reminded of the blues classic by Robert Johnson, "Hellhounds On My Trail." It is obvious that the gunfighter is running away from something hellish but it is soon revealed that he is also riding toward something, a lost dream, a life that could have been had he followed a different trail. The gunfighter thinks he can still grasp this life, that it is not too late. But deep in his psyche he knows it will never be. He holds on to the dream but is satisfied just to see his wife and little boy one last time, for the hounds of Hell are about to catch up with him.

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