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As one of the founders of the town of Lincoln, John Chisum is increasingly worried as Lawrence Murphy moves in on the local stores, bank and land by questionable means. Chisum and fellow honest ranch owner Henry Tunstall try and use the law, but Murphy owns that too. Confrontation threatens and Tunstall's man Billy Bonney is not slow to get involved. Written by
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Although clearly labeled as the older man, at 57 Patric Knowles was actually five years younger than John Wayne. Wayne's character, John Chisum, died five or six years after the events portrayed in this movie, at age 60. In real life cattle baron John Tunstall was 24 when he was murdered; he was played by the 57-year-old Knowles. The real John Chisum was 54 at the time the events in this film occurred, but he was played by the 62-year-old Wayne. See more »
In the gunfight at the store/bank, when the scene changes from nighttime to daylight two curtains on the outside of the store change lengths. See more »
You're going to shoot us, ain't you Chisum?
John Simpson Chisum:
I thought about it. Then I thought about something Henry Tunstall once said. He watched a man walk to the gallows... saw him hang. He said it was ghastly. Well, I've seen men hang, and that's the word - ghastly. You two are going to hang.
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"No matter where people go, sooner or later, there's the law."
McLaglen's western showcases Wayne as John Simpson Chisum, an historical figure who was the largest owner of land, of horses and cattle in New Mexico territory around 1878 The Pecos River runs through the middle of his land He lets the water flow to all the ranches, big and small If another man, with more appetitelike Lawrence Murphy (Forrest Tucker) owned that land he'd control a territory bigger than most states and some countries The story is based on the bloody Lincoln County cattle war
Things come to 'one hell of a fight' when Murphy's men kill Chisum's friend Henry Tunstall, mentor to Billy the Kid, and have Alex McSween, manager of their general store, with Billy and some men, trapped in
Forrest Tucker plays Chisum's enemy who really thinks himself skillful enough to 'own' the law
Christopher George (Dan Nodeen) plays the half-crazy bounty hunter who gimps because of Billy the Kid
Ben Johnson has one of the most impressive records of any supporting Westerner He came here to support Chisum all the way
Andrew V. McLaglen has built up a reputation as one of the most promising of post-war directors of Westerns, but has yet to fulfill that promise with a really major work
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