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Release Date:
12 July 1950 (USA) See more »
The Gun That Won The West!
The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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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 (as Stephen Mc.Nally in opening credits)

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 | Germany:12 (DVD rating) | 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?

The end of the film influenced the 2010 video game "Red Dead Redemption." Both film and game feature a lead villain named Dutch who dies after falling from a cliff face.See more »
Factual errors: Twice in the movie, a Winchester '66 is mistakenly referred to as a "Henry" rifle. The first time is the scene where Dutch Henry Brown shoots at the "Indian trader" seated at the camp fire. The second time, at the cavalry camp the Indians have surrounded, Steve mistakenly refers to his Winchester '66 as a "Henry" rifle. The Henry predates the Winchester line of 66, 73, 86, 92, and 94. The Henry is distinctive in that it had no wood forearm. In the latter part of the Civil War, the Henry played a small role in battle. Its problem was that the lack of forearm furniture made the weapon very hot to handle after repeated firing. In the movie, Dutch Henry Brown complains that the Henry "takes too long to kill," implying that the .44-.40 cartridge is inferior. The fact is, the '73 Winchester, whilst chambered in other calibers, was also chambered in .44-.40. The .44-.40 lacked the ballistics of the .45 Colt (sometimes erroneously referred to as the .45 "long" Colt, after the development of the .45 ACP), but was often favored by cowboys because their Colt Single Action Army revolvers were also chambered in .44-.40. The Henry design was the catalyst for the subsequent Winchester lever actions models.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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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Winchester '73- more than a gun, 29 January 2007

Lin McAdam (James Stewart) wins a rifle, a Winchester in a shooting contest.Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) is a bad loser and steals the gun.Lin takes his horse and goes after Dutch and his men and the rifle with his buddy High Spade (Millard Mitchell).The rifle gets in different hands on the way.Will it get back to the right owner? Anthony Mann and James Stewart worked together for the first time and came up with this masterpiece, Winchester '73 (1950).Stewart is the right man to play the lead.He was always the right man to do anything.The terrific Shelley Winters plays the part of Lola Manners and she's great as always.Dan Duryea is terrific at the part of Waco Johnnie Dean.Charles Drake is brilliant as Lola's cowardly boyfriend Steve Miller.Also Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson are seen in the movie, and they're played by Will Geer and Steve Darrell.The young Rock Hudson plays Young Bull and the young Anthony (Tony) Curtis plays Doan.There are many classic moments in this movie.In one point the group is surrounded by Indians, since this is a western.It's great to watch this survival game where the fastest drawer and the sharpest shooter is the winner.All the true western fans will love this movie.

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