In Shenandoah, Virginia, widower farmer Charlie Anderson lives a peaceful life with his six sons - Jacob, James, Nathan, John, Henry and Boy, his daughter Jennie, and his daughter-in-law ... See full summary »
In a marksmanship contest, Lin McAdam wins a prized Winchester rifle, which is immediately stolen by the runner-up, Dutch Henry Brown. This "story of a rifle" then follows McAdams' pursuit, and the rifle as it changes hands, until a final showdown and shoot-out on a rocky mountain precipice. Written by
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Writer Stuart Lake sued Universal for $400,000 when the studio failed to credit him as writer of the film's original story when that story was published in an unnamed film magazine. After a magistrate ruled that Universal was at fault in the matter, Lake and the studio settled out of court. See more »
Sgt. Wilkes refers to he and his men belonging to the "Pennsylvania Ninth," i.e. the 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry. There was such a regiment during the Civil War, but it disbanded July 18, 1865, so it would not be fighting Indians in the West in 1876. Many Civil War veterans fought in the Indian Wars, but Wilkes's character would have transferred into a Regular Army unit, rather than serving in a volunteer state regiment.
Wilkes states that his regiment fought at Gettysburg and implies that it was also at (1st) Bull Run and Shiloh. However, the real 9th Pennsylvania Cavalry was not present at any of these battles. See more »
Say, ah, about these Indians. It seems like they hardly ever attack at night.
Well, they figure if they are killed in the dark, the Great Spirit can't find their souls and whip 'em up into heaven... or something like that.
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The film's opening prologue states: This is a story of the Winchester Rifle Model 1873 "The gun that won the West" To cowman, outlaw, peace officer or soldier, the Winchester '73 was a treasured possession. An Indian would sell his soul to own one... See more »
I was very impressed with this film. I would have to rate it as one of the better classic-era westerns. I say that for the whole thing: the acting, mature dialog, no- nonsense story and excellent cinematography.
Director Anthony Mann, who did several well-photographed film noirs around this same era, also made some westerns such as this one. It has that same film-noir look. Mann and Jimmy Stewart collaborated on several westerns during this period. . If you like this movie, I recommend the Mann-Stewart film "Bend Of The River."
In a nutshell, the story is about a man, "Lin McAdam," (Stewart) who owns this prestigious Winchester 73 rifle, a weapon he won fair-and-square in a contest. It is then stolen and passed on from villain to villain. All of those villains are interesting characters.
Aiding Stewart act out this interesting tale are Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, Millard Mitchell, Charles Drake, Will Greer and J. C. Flippen. All of them are fun to watch. It was a bit of a stretch, however, to see Rock Hudson playing an Indian ("Young Bull"), but you can't have everything.
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