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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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Also Known As:
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

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In 1996, veteran character actor Richard Jaeckel, who played "Eddie", was diagnosed with cancer at the same time his wife had Alzheimer's disease. The Jaeckels had lost their Brentwood (CA) home, were over $1 million in debt and Jaeckel was basically homeless. His family tried unsuccessfully to place him into the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA. Peck lobbied for Jaeckel's admittance, and three days later Jaeckel was placed in the facility. He stayed in the hospital until his death in June 1997.See more »
Boom mic visible: When Ringo and Molly are standing and speaking alone in the Saloon, the mic and part of the boom are visible in the mirror over the bar.See more »
Marshal Mark Strett:Somebody after you?
Jimmy Ringo:Three somebodies.
Marshal Mark Strett:The law?
Jimmy Ringo:Naw, this is personal.
Marshal Mark Strett:I don't want 'em to catch up with you here.
Jimmy Ringo:I don't want 'em to catch up with me anywhere.
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37 out of 50 people found the following review useful.
A dark western, 18 May 2000
Author: JB-12 from Long Island NY

This film was made during the peak years of "Film Noir". Although it is almost incongruous to place the western film into that genre, "The Gunfighter" comes close to meeting the criteria.

It is a deep dark western devoid of gunplay(until the conclusion)highlighted by a marvelous portrait painted by Gregory Peck as Jimmy Ringo, the gunfighter, trying to escape his past.

Ringo in his younger days was one of the "fastest guns in the west" who has survived to reach middle age. As he has matured he realizes you can't change what has happened.

Everywhere Ringo goes he is perceived as the "the fastest gun in the west" and everywhere he stops there is some young gun who wants to prove he is faster than the great Ringo. In fact when Ringo stops in a dusty town, he is being pursued by three brothers of his latest victim seeking revenge.

Ringo's arrival in this town is more than just co-incidence. We learn that the sheriff (what a performance by Millard Mitchell) used to run with the Ringo gang, the saloon singer was married to Ringo's best friend, and most importantly, Ringo's wife and son live there.

The bulk of the story is spent waiting to see if Ringo who lives by his wits as well as his guns, can survive.

The acting is uniform with Karl Malden as the saloon keeper and Skip Homeier standing alongside Peck of Mitchell for acting cudos

The script by Bill Bowers is taught and suspenseful. Henry King's in his second of 5 films with Peck(their previous collaboration was "Twelve O'Clock High") brings out the essence of a tired lonely tragic man without using any tricks(In fact there is no music except for the opening titles.

If you're looking for a shoot-em-up you won't find it here. If what you want is a top flight adult western, well pardner you've come to the right film.

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