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Death of a Gunfighter (1969)

M  -  Western  -  April 1969 (Austria)
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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 ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marshal Frank Patch
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Claire Quintana
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Lester Locke
David Opatoshu ...
Edward Rosenblum
Kent Smith ...
Andrew Oxley
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Laurie Mills
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Ivan Stanek
Larry Gates ...
Mayor Chester Sayre
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Doc Adams
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Lou Trinidad
Darleen Carr ...
Hilda Jorgenson
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Dan Joslin
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Arch Brandt
Jimmy Lydon ...
Luke Mills (as James Lydon)
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Mary Elizabeth
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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 <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Marshall Patch... he lived by the law of the gun...

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Western

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April 1969 (Austria)  »

Also Known As:

Frank Patch - Deine Stunden sind gezählt  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Dan Joslin: It's awful seeing a man kill himself. One minute he's there... alive... then he's dead. Blood and the smell of powdersmoke. And it's all over and done with. It's awful!
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Referenced in El tiempo de la felicidad (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

SWEET APPLE WINE
Lyrics Carol Hall
Music Oliver Nelson
Sung by Lena Horne
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Alan Smithee's directorial debut

Started by Robert Totten, then taken over by Don Siegel at the insistence of Richard Widmark (Totten and the star "clashed," as they say), "Death of a Gunfighter" wound up credited to the fictitious and now somewhat famous Alan Smithee. This intriguing Western remains the elusive director's best work, thanks, no doubt, to the proven skills of Siegel and another terrific Widmark performance (the director and star had previously collaborated on "Madigan" a year earlier). As sheriff Widmark's love interest, Lena Horne hasn't much to do, but she looks good doing it.


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