Winchester '73 (1950)

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The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.



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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 Herman Seifer <>

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The Gun That Won The West!




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12 July 1950 (USA)  »

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Montana Winchester  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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Will Geer, born in 1902, was around 48 when this movie was made. He plays Wyatt Earp, who was born in 1848, and would have been around 28 in 1876 when the movie takes place. See more »


Lola Manners: You never know when a girl might need a bullet.
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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 »


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A bull's-eye for James Stewart
27 January 2004 | by (Virginia) – See all my reviews

This stirring western spins the tale of the famous rifle of the early west that was coveted by one and all. James Stewart is the cowboy who wins the prized Winchester in a shootout, only to lose it in a robbery. The story details Stewart's pursuit of the rifle and a certain man through the film. The rifle changes hands time after time, as though the owner is fated to lose it through violence. The picture has plenty of action and suspense as Stewart closes in on his quarry. A great cast supports Stewart here, namely Stephen McNally, Dan Duryea, Millard Mitchell, John McIntire and Jay C. Flippen. Shelley Winters seems miscast here and the purpose of her role is rather obscure. Tony Curtis and Rock Hudson, teen heartthrobs in later years, have brief but good roles.

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