In the turn-of-the century Texas town of Cottownwood Springs, marshal Frank Patch is an old-style lawman in a town determined to become modern. When he kills drunken Luke Mills in self-defense, the town leaders decide it's time for a change. That ask for Patch's resignation, but he refuses on the basis that the town on hiring him had promised him the job for as long as he wanted it. Afraid for the town's future and even more afraid of the fact that Marshal Patch knows all the town's dark secrets, the city fathers decide that old-style violence is the only way to rid themselves of the unwanted lawman. Written by
Jim Beaver <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Marshall Patch... he lived by the law of the gun...
April 1969 (Austria)
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Also Known As:
Death of a Gunfighter
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Aspect Ratio: 1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?
Star Richard Widmark
and original director Robert Totten
had "artistic differences," and Totten was replaced by Don Siegel
. When the film was completed, Siegel, saying that Totten directed more of the film than he did, refused to take screen credit for it, but Widmark didn't want Totten's name on it. A compromise was reached whereby the film was credited to the fictitious "Alan Smithee
" (originally to be called Al Smith, but the DGA said there had already been a director by that name), thereby setting a precedent for directors who, for one reason or another, did not want their name on a film they made. See more
[Mr. Brant, the undertaker, tries to console Mrs. Mills, the "grieving" widow
Needless to say, Mrs. Mills, we all share your grief.
What's the price of your cheapest funeral?
Referenced in El tiempo de la felicidad
SWEET APPLE WINE
Lyrics Carol Hall
Music Oliver Nelson
Sung by Lena Horne See more