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Robert L. Richards (screenplay) &
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Release Date:
12 July 1950 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

James Stewart ... Lin McAdam

Shelley Winters ... Lola Manners

Dan Duryea ... Waco Johnny Dean

Stephen McNally ... Dutch Henry Brown

Millard Mitchell ... High Spade

Charles Drake ... Steve Miller

John McIntire ... Joe Lamont

Will Geer ... Wyatt Earp

Jay C. Flippen ... Sgt. Wilkes

Rock Hudson ... Young Bull

John Alexander ... Jack Riker

Steve Brodie ... Wesley

James Millican ... Wheeler

Abner Biberman ... Latigo Means

Tony Curtis ... Doan (as Anthony Curtis)

James Best ... Crater
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Victor Adamson ... Townsman (uncredited)

Robert Anderson ... Basset (uncredited)
Mel Archer ... Bartender (uncredited)

Ray Bennett ... Charles Bender (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Townsman (uncredited)

Roy Bucko ... Townsman (uncredited)
Frank Chase ... Cavalryman (uncredited)

Edmund Cobb ... Target Watcher (uncredited)
Frank Conlan ... Contest Clerk in Saloon (uncredited)

Tex Cooper ... Shooting Contestant (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Townsman (uncredited)

Steve Darrell ... Bat Masterson (uncredited)

John Doucette ... Roan Daley (uncredited)
Bonnie Kay Eddy ... Bonnie Jameson (uncredited)
Bill Gillis ... Minor Role (uncredited)

Chick Hannan ... Spectator (uncredited)

Jimmy Hawkins ... Boy at Store Window (uncredited)
Timmy Hawkins ... Boy at Rifle Shoot (uncredited)

Carol Henry ... Dudeen (uncredited)
Gary Jackson ... Gary Jameson (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Norman Kent ... Buffalo Hunter (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Stationmaster (uncredited)

Ted Mapes ... Bartender (uncredited)
Gregg Martell ... Mossman - Cavalryman (uncredited)
Bill McKenzie ... Boy at Rifle Shoot (uncredited)
Jennings Miles ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
Virginia Mullen ... Mrs. Jameson (uncredited)
Norman Ollestad ... Stable Boy (uncredited)

Larry Olsen ... Boy at Rifle Shoot (uncredited)

Bud Osborne ... Man (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Townsman (uncredited)

Chuck Roberson ... Long Tom (uncredited)

Forrest Taylor ... Target Clerk (voice) (uncredited)
Tony Taylor ... Boy (uncredited)

Ray Teal ... Marshall Noonan (uncredited)

John War Eagle ... Indian Interpreter (uncredited)

Guy Wilkerson ... Virgil Earp (uncredited)
Duke York ... Man #1 (uncredited)

Chief Yowlachie ... Indian at Rifle Shoot (uncredited)

Directed by
Anthony Mann 
Writing credits
Robert L. Richards (screenplay) &
Borden Chase (screenplay)

Stuart N. Lake (story)

Produced by
Aaron Rosenberg .... producer
Cinematography by
William H. Daniels (director of photography) (as William Daniels)
Film Editing by
Edward Curtiss 
Art Direction by
Bernard Herzbrun 
Nathan Juran 
Set Decoration by
A. Roland Fields (set decorations)
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Yvonne Wood (gowns)
Makeup Department
Joan St. Oegger .... hair stylist
Bud Westmore .... makeup artist
Jack Kevan .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Merle Reeves .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Production Management
Dewey Starkey .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jesse Hibbs .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leslie I. Carey .... sound
Richard DeWeese .... sound (as Richard De Weese)
Paul Baxley .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
Carol Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes .... stunt double: James Stewart (uncredited)
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stunts (uncredited)
Duke York .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Sherman Clark .... still photographer (uncredited)
Ben Hawkins .... grip (uncredited)
Lloyd Hill .... gaffer (uncredited)
Bill Johnson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Joseph Gershenson .... musical director
Daniele Amfitheatrof .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Charles Previn .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Milton Rosen .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Ethmer Roten .... musician: flute (uncredited)
Hans J. Salter .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Walter Scharf .... composer: title music (uncredited)
Frank Skinner .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Other crew
Connie Clark .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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92 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Argentina:Atp | Australia:G | Canada:PG (Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Finland:K-16 | France:16 | Italy:T | Netherlands:12 | Norway:16 | Portugal:M/12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14546) | West Germany:12 (nf)
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Did You Know?

Although Millard Mitchell's character says that his name is spelled with a hyphen, the end credits still spell "High Spade" with no hyphen.See more »
Continuity: When Lin and High Spade leave Rikers, they are supposed to be riding at night. However, when they are fleeing the pursuing braves, the sun is clearly visible behind the ridge they ride along.See more »
Wyatt Earp:Pick out a name and write it down.
Lin McAdam:All right if I use my own name?
Wyatt Earp:Some folks do.
Lin McAdam:Yeah... some folks do.
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36 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
First Stewart/Mann Teaming a CLASSIC!, 15 June 2003
Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada

Winchester '73 is one of the most enduring and popular films of James Stewart's career, for several reasons; it was the first of five teamings with brilliant, underrated director Anthony Mann, who retooled Stewart's drawling, 'aw-shucks' persona into a laconic, edgier, more flawed hero; it featured a brilliant cast, including Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, John McIntyre, and, in VERY early appearances, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis; visually, it is spectacular, one of the most beautiful Black and White films ever made, with deep-focus photography highlighting rugged Arizona settings that literally leap from the screen; and, most of all, it is a terrific variation of 'Cain and Abel', told through the premise of the search for a 'one-of-a-kind' rifle Stewart wins in a competition, then loses through treachery. It's the kind of film that offers new insights each time you view it, as the actions and motivations of 'good' brother Stewart and 'bad' brother McNally become better understood.

What truly makes this DVD an 'essential', though, is the bonus track...Described as an 'interview' with Stewart, it is actually an audio commentary that runs through the film, offering not only his reflections about the making of Winchester '73, but insights about his career, working with John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and his great friends Henry Fonda and John Wayne, even a nice story about his long-time mount, Pie. Recorded several years ago for the laserdisc edition of Winchester '73, it provides a rare opportunity to hear a screen legend reminisce (and makes you wish Wayne and Fonda had lived long enough to have offered personal observations about THEIR classic films!)

This is a DVD NOT to be missed!

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