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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:
It's never really black or white See more (58 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)
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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:
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 »
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:How come I've got to run into a squirt like you nearly every place I go these days? What are you trying to do? Show off for your friends?See more »
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Beautiful DreamerSee more »

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21 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
It's never really black or white, 19 January 2006
Author: Matti-Man from London, England

THE GUNFIGHTER is the seventh western movie I've watched in the last couple of weeks in my quest to catch up with a bunch of films I've never seen that I recorded from TV. And I've made sure I've posted a review as I viewed each for the first time.

THE GUNFIGHTER is another superb western from a director not normally associated with the genre. Falling squarely between the 1940s and 1950s, I was at first uncertain at to which camp this film fell into. It has all the incidents you'd expect in a 1940s oater, but overlaid with the kind of psychology and sensibilities you'd expect in a 1950s western. In the end, I decided this is a film about contrasts.

The first contrast you notice is the visual one. The movie is shot in black and white and it seems that those were the only two tones available to director Henry King. The exteriors are bright, bleached out and hard on the eyes. The interiors are dark, cool and gloomy. There doesn't seem to be much shades of grey going on (of course, I could have been watching a bad print, but work with me, here ...)

This visual contrast is echoed by the contrasts between the characters. The first of these we see is the contrast between Peck's Jimmy Ringo and the dumb kid who challenges him in the first bar. Ringo tries to talk him round, the kid won't have it and goes for his gun. But Ringo - of course - is faster. Darwinism at work ...

The next telling contrast is between Ringo and his old compadre, Town Marshall Mark Street. While Ringo still drifts from town to town, occasionally having to show some punk who's fastest, Mark has gone respectable and settled down. Mark is a respected citizen while Ringo's presence causes mothers to call their children indoors.

Then there's the contrast between Peggy, Ringo's estranged wife, and the gossipping, prejudiced biddies of the town. Is it any coincidence that Peggy is a teacher, representing education and, by implication, civilisation?

THE GUNFIGHTER is very tightly plotted at just 85 minutes. It seems longer because of the wealth of incident it packed into its slender running time. Film makers of today could learn a lot about how to pace a story from films like this.

If it shows up on TCM or somesuch satellite/cable channel, do yourself a favour and make the effort to catch it. It's well worth your while.

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