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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 | 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?

James Stewart, Anthony Mann and screenwriter Borden Chase seemed very conscious of the fact that McAdam was a clear break from the sort of hero the actor was previously associated with. Chase, in fact, narrowed down the transition to the moment that McAdam confronts Dan Duryea's character in a saloon, smashing his face down onto the bar. As Chase was quoted in Donald Dewey's James Stewart, "When the picture was given a sneak preview, there had even been some titters in the audience at seeing Stewart's name in the opening titles of a western. ...But once he smashed Duryea in that bar, there would be no more snickering." In his book Horizons West, Jim Kitses later echoed this observation when he wrote, "Lin's destruction of Waco is consequently a key moment since it both satisfies our moral expectations and disturbs them, our identification with the hero jarred by the naked violence with which he sets about the villain."See more »
Anachronisms: This movie is based on a rifle-shooting competition held in Dodge City on 4 July 1876. During a poker game in the movie, Dutch refers to a "Dead Man's Hand". The "Dead Man's Hand" refers to the hand Wild Bill Hickock was holding when he was shot in the back by Jack McCall on 2 August 1876 - less than a month later. It was too soon for the "Dead Man's Hand" to be a famous phrase.See more »
High-Spade Frankie Wilson:You're about ready to fall out of the saddle. Why don't we rest up a little?
Lin McAdam:I'm not that tired.
High-Spade Frankie Wilson:Four or five hours ain't gonna make any difference. We have been chasin' since... since I can't remember.
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46 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
The start of a beautiful partnership, 7 September 2005
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

My favorite movie genre is the western, it's really the only movie genre that is of American origin. And despite Sergio Leone, no one does them quite like Americans.

Right at the top of my list of ten favorites westerns is Winchester 73. It was the first pairing and only black and white film of the partnership of director Anthony Mann and actor James Stewart. It was also a landmark film in which Stewart opted for a percentage of the profits instead of a straight salary from Universal. Many such deals followed for players, making them as rich as the moguls who employed them.

Anthony Mann up to this point had done mostly B pictures, noir type stuff with no real budgets. Just before Winchester 73 Mann had done a fine western with Robert Taylor, Devil's Doorway, that never gets enough praise. I'm sure James Stewart must have seen it and decided Mann was the person he decided to partner with.

In this film Mann also developed a mini stock company the way John Ford was legendary for. Besides Stewart others in the cast like Millard Mitchell, Steve Brodie, Dan Duryea, John McIntire, Jay C. Flippen and Rock Hudson would appear in future Mann films.

It's a simple plot, James Stewart is obsessed with finding a man named Dutch Henry Brown and killing him. Why I won't say, but up to this point we had never seen such cold fury out of James Stewart on screen. Anthony Mann reached into Jimmy Stewart's soul and dragged out some demons all of us are afraid we have.

The hate is aptly demonstrated in a great moment towards the beginning of the film. After Stewart and sidekick Millard Mitchell are disarmed by Wyatt Earp played by Will Geer because guns aren't carried in Earp's Dodge City. There's a shooting contest for a Winchester rifle in Dodge City and the betting favorite is Dutch Henry Brown, played with menace by Stephen McNally. Stewart, Mitchell and Geer go into the saloon and Stewart and McNally spot each other at the same instant and reach to draw for weapons that aren't there. Look at the closeups of Stewart and McNally, they say more than 10 pages of dialog.

Another character Stewart runs into in the film is Waco Johnny Dean played by Dan Duryea who almost steals the film. This may have been Duryea's finest moment on screen. He's a psychopathic outlaw killer who's deadly as a left handed draw even though he sports two six guns.

Another person Stewart meets is Shelley Winters who's fiancé is goaded into a showdown by Duryea and killed. Her best scenes are with Duryea who's taken a fancy to her. She plays for time until she can safely get away from him. Guess who she ultimately winds up with?

There are some wonderful performances in some small roles, there ain't a sour note in the cast. John McIntire as a shifty Indian trader, Jay C. Flippen as the grizzled army sergeant and Rock Hudson got his first real notice as a young Indian chief. Even John Alexander, best known as 'Theodore Roosevelt' in Arsenic and Old Lace has a brief, but impressive role as the owner of a trading post where both McNally and Stewart stop at different times.

Mann and Stewart did eight films together, five of them westerns, and were ready to do a sixth western, Night Passage when they quarreled and Mann walked off the set. The end of a beautiful partnership that produced some quality films.

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