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The Gunfighter -- 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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21 August 1950 (Sweden) See more »
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 »
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  (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)
Beulah Archuletta ... Indian woman (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
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)
Crew verified as complete

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85 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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

Did You Know?

Bob Dylan's 1986 song "Brownsville Girl," co-written with Sam Shepard, alludes to watching Gregory Peck in this film. Peck himself thanked Dylan publicly when he delivered the speech when Dylan was given his Kennedy Center award in 1997.See more »
Plot holes: When the gossiping women are in the Marshall's office talking to Ringo, the Marshall walks in and asks Ringo if they got the guy in the window (Ringo's sniper). The Marshall had been away following Hunt out of town and would not have known there was a sniper. Maybe there was a cut scene where someone told him.See more »
Hunt Bromley:Looks like everybody's drawing behind your back these days.
Deputy Charlie Norris:All the smart ones.
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41 out of 51 people found the following review useful.
A very careful adult Western set in a believable community..., 22 November 1999

Is there any place, any retreat, any home of retirement, that an inevitably tiring gunman can move on to?

This predicament is best conveyed, explored and given its full tragic weight in Henry King's 'The Gunfighter.'

Ringo (Gregory Peck), wearing his reputation as the fastest gun in the south-west territories like a heavy load, enters each bar warily when he needs a quiet drink, knowing full well the reaction—fear, respect, perhaps admiration, and certainly the intervention in some form or other of a young upstart with itchy gun-fingers.

Although Ringo, guilty for previous sins, tries to refrain and to avoid the shoot-out... But he is always compelled to eliminate the worthless maladjusted gunmen, wishful for a big name...

The pattern is set early on when Peck has to shoot a boy (Richard Jaecke1) in self-defense. And so a feud begins—you feel it's only one of many—with the three brothers of the boy (Alan Hale Jr., David Clarke and John Pickard) hell-bent for revenge…

Peck deals with this situation, at least for the moment, sighs and then moves on to a place that passes for home... Here is his wife (Helen Westcott) and his son, who won't, however, be providing him with a welcome since in the eight years that husband and family have been apart the wife has been trying to build a life of their own… Here also is a sheriff (Millard Mitchell) formerly engaged in Peck's outlaw activities, but now reformed, and an old girl friend (Jean Parker) ready to he1p him in anything that concerns him most… His actual concern is reconciliation with his wife and a new life together… There is a tentative rapprochement but, of course, there is another of those young contender interventions, this time in the person of Skip Homeier…

Henry King draws up carefully the ultimate end of the 'top gun of the West.' His film is an inclination towards a classical tragedy, destined to be destroyed inevitably... Peck strikes the right note from his first edgy entry... He wants to shake off his past... He is disgusted to kill in order to survive... He is aimless for a change, sick with death and glory, showing tiredness of killing, conscious to a tragic fate one day...

Peck is superb in his brief and nervy reunion with his small son, impressed like the rest of the local kids by the fact that Jimmy Ringo, the gunfighter, is in town...

"The Gunfighter", keen and penetrating, explosive and tense, is beautifully acted, tautly directed and superbly photographed by Arthur Miller in black-and-white...

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