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Death of a Gunfighter (1969)

M | | Western | April 1969 (Austria)
A Texas town's council fires the town's old-fashioned marshal who refuses to resign, thus leading to violence from both sides.

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(as Allen Smithee), (as Allen Smithee)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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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
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Edward Rosenbloom
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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
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Hilda Jorgenson
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Dan Joslin
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Arch Brandt
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Luke Mills (as James Lydon)
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Mary Elizabeth
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Storyline

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. They 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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Release Date:

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Don Siegel took over from Robert Totten after a 25 day shoot, and completed it in a further 9 days. See more »

Goofs

Near the end of the film you can see the electrical wires running (presumably buried for most of their length under the differently-coloured soil) to a man's body as he is 'shot'; the last yard or so of wire -which is presumably for the gunshot SFX- is clearly visible running towards the man's ankles. See more »

Quotes

Ivan Stanek: We don't have any law in this jerkwater town - he's the law! He's passed his sentence on practically everything and everyone. The people should be the law and will be the law, when they get the urge to get rid of Frank Patch. You see, gentlemen, what we're really deciding here is whether we move forward or backward. We either need to keep up with the times or we lose out.
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Connections

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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