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Wichita (1955)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 3 July 1955 (USA)
In 1874, after noticing the total lawlessness in Wichita, Wyatt Earp reluctantly accepts the Marshal's job and runs into the worst local troublemakers.

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Former buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita Kansas. His skill as a gun-fighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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GATEWAY TO THE WEST...DOORWAY TO HELL (original posters-all caps) See more »

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This was Allied Artists' first release in CinemaScope. See more »

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When the cowboys are shooting up the town a streetlight in the foreground is shot out. It's not a gas lamp, but contains an incandescent light bulb, despite it not being invented yet. See more »

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Featured in The First Texan (1956) See more »

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Wichita
Music by Hans J. Salter (as Hans Salter)
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Superior McCrea Western
12 December 2012 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Superior McCrea western thanks to an intelligent script that also plays up the actor's penchant for steely resolve. How much law and order is too much. That's the question the town council of Wichita must decide. Too much will drive away the fun-starved cowboys coming to town after a long trail drive. Too little and the town gets shot up. Newly installed Sheriff Earp (McCrea) is on the side of strict law and order, forbidding the cowboys from bringing their guns to town. This upsets powerful businessmen and saloon owners. So Earp must contend not only with rowdy cowboys but with town politics as well.

McCrea is perfect for the quietly resolute sheriff. As expected there's no swagger or bravado in his grim determination to keep other townspeople from being accidentally killed by busting-loose cowhands. When he stands alone, you believe it. It's also a well-stocked production from lowly Allied Artists, with enough extras to make the crowded town scenes credible. Of course, there's a romantic angle with a lovely but heavily made-up Vera Miles (soon to come under the wing of Hitchcock in such thrillers as The Wrong Man {1956} and Psycho {1960}). But the romance is pretty well integrated into the plot, without dangling like a distractive add-on.

All in all, it's a good western drama woven around the quietly powerful Joel McCrea.


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