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The Gunfighter ()


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Notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo rides into town to find his true love, who doesn't want to see him. He hasn't come looking for trouble, but trouble finds him around every corner.

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  • Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
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Jimmy Ringo
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Peggy Walsh
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Marshal Mark Strett
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Molly
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Mac
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Hunt Bromley
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Deputy Charlie Norris
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Mrs. August Pennyfeather
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Mrs. Devlin
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Eddie
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Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
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Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
C.E. Anderson ...
Street Loafer (uncredited)
Carl Andre ...
Street Loafer (uncredited)
Beulah Archuletta ...
Indian Woman (uncredited)
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Pete's Pal (uncredited)
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Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
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Card Player (uncredited)
Larry Buchanan ...
Bit Part (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Jerry Marlowe (uncredited)
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Mac's Wife (uncredited)
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Second Brother (uncredited)
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Citizen (uncredited)
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Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
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Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
Donald Duran ...
Boy (uncredited)
Eddie Ehrhart ...
Archie (uncredited)
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Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
Herschel Graham ...
Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
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Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
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First Brother (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Ike (uncredited)
Jim Hayward ...
Minor Role (uncredited)
Len Hendry ...
Card Player (uncredited)
Ray Hyke ...
Card Player (uncredited)
Jean Inness ...
Alice Marlowe (uncredited)
Tommy Lee ...
Long Fu - Cayenne Restaurant Cook (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
Terry MacRae ...
Street Loafer (uncredited)
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Pete's Pal (uncredited)
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Mrs. O'Brien (uncredited)
Forrest Matthews ...
Bud (uncredited)
John McKee ...
Card Player (uncredited)
Harry Mendoza ...
Frank Loving (uncredited)
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Pete (uncredited)
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Old Man (uncredited)
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Pablo (uncredited)
Edward Mundy ...
Man on Street (uncredited)
B.G. Norman ...
Jimmie Walsh (uncredited)
Herman Nowlin ...
Skeeter (uncredited)
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Joe the Barber (uncredited)
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Jake (uncredited)
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Third Brother (uncredited)
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Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
Edward Rickard ...
Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
Warren Schannon ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Chuck (uncredited)
George Slocum ...
Street Loafer (uncredited)
Marvin Smith ...
Boy (uncredited)
Kim Spalding ...
Clerk (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ...
Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
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Mr. Barlow (uncredited)
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George the Grocer (uncredited)
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Swede (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Johnny (uncredited)
William Vedder ...
Minister (uncredited)
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Card Player in Barber Shop (uncredited)
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Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
Anne Whitfield ...
Carrie Lou (uncredited)
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Pete's Pal (uncredited)
Credda Zajac ...
Mrs. Cooper (uncredited)

Directed by

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Henry King

Written by

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William Bowers ... (screenplay) and
William Sellers ... (screenplay)
 
William Bowers ... (story) and
André De Toth ... (story) (as Andre de Toth)
 
Roger Corman ... () (uncredited)
 
Nunnally Johnson ... () (uncredited)

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Nunnally Johnson ... producer
Darryl F. Zanuck ... executive producer (uncredited)

Music by

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Alfred Newman

Cinematography by

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Arthur C. Miller ... director of photography (as Arthur Miller)

Film Editing by

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Barbara McLean

Art Direction by

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Richard Irvine
Lyle R. Wheeler ... (as Lyle Wheeler)

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Thomas Little ... (set decorations)
Walter M. Scott ... (set decorations)

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Travilla ... (costumes designed by)

Makeup Department

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Ben Nye ... makeup artist
Myrtle Ford ... hair stylist (uncredited)

Production Management

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Joseph C. Behm ... production manager (uncredited)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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F.E. 'Johnny' Johnston ... assistant director (uncredited)

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Alfred Bruzlin ... sound
Roger Heman Sr. ... sound (as Roger Heman)

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Fred Sersen ... special photographic effects

Stunts

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Chet Brandenburg ... stunts (uncredited)
Ted Mapes ... stunts (uncredited)
Herman Nowlin ... stunts (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... stunts (uncredited)
Duke York ... stunts (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Paul Lockwood ... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Maupin ... still photographer (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Charles Le Maire ... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
Sam Benson ... wardrobe (uncredited)
Ed Wynigear ... wardrobe (uncredited)

Music Department

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Edward B. Powell ... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Alfred Newman ... conductor (uncredited)
Urban Thielmann ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Other crew

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Teresa Brachetto ... script supervisor (uncredited)
Roger Corman ... story editor (uncredited)
William Steele ... technical advisor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

A reformed Gunfighter Jimmy Ringo is on his way to a sleepy town in the hope of a reunion with his estranged sweetheart and their young son who he has never seen. On arrival, a chance meeting with some old friends including the town's Marshal gives the repentant Jimmy some respite. But as always Jimmy's reputation has already cast its shadow, this time in the form of three vengeful cowboys hot on his trail and a local gunslinger hoping to use Jimmy to make a name for himself. With a showdown looming, the town is soon in a frenzy as news of Jimmy's arrival spreads. His movements are restricted to the saloon while a secret meeting with his son can be arranged giving him ideas of a long term reunion with his family far removed from his wild past. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines RINGO WAS HIS NAME! THE CHALLENGE OF EVERY OUTLAW GUNMAN! THE NOTORIOUS SELF-DEFENSE KILLER! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • L'homme aux abois (France)
  • La cible humaine (France)
  • El pistolero (Spain)
  • Hämndens timme (Sweden)
  • Fiebre de sangre (Uruguay)
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  • 85 min
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Trivia The original story was written by John Bowers and André De Toth with John Wayne in mind. Wayne loved it and offered Bowers $10,000 for it. The writer thought it was worth more and told Wayne how he felt. The actor reportedly said, "Well, you wrote it for me. Don't you have any artistic integrity?" Bowers later got $70,000 for it at Fox, and Wayne harboured ill-feelings about the incident, accusing Bowers of selling it out from under him. In addition, Wayne refused to work for Columbia Pictures because its chief, Harry Cohn, had mistreated him years before when he was a young contract player. Cohn had bought the project for Wayne, but Wayne's grudge was too deep, and Cohn sold the script to Twentieth Century Fox, which cast Gregory Peck in the role Wayne badly wanted but for which he refused to bend. When the Reno Chamber of Commerce named Peck the top western star for 1950 and presented him with the Silver Spurs award, an angry Wayne said, "Well, who the hell decided that you were the best cowboy of the year?". Wayne's final film, The Shootist (1976), is very similar to this film. See more »
Goofs When Ringo and Molly are standing and speaking alone in the Saloon, the mic and part of the boom are visible in the mirror over the bar. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Frederic Remington: The Truth of Other Days (1991). See more »
Soundtracks Rock of Ages See more »
Quotes Jimmy Ringo: How come I've got to run into a squirt like you nearly every place I go these days? What are you trying to do? Show off for your friends?
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