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Wichita (1955)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 3 January 1956 (Italy)
In 1874, after noticing the total lawlessness in Wichita, Wyatt Earp reluctantly accepts the Marshal's job and runs into the worst local troublemakers.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writer:

Daniel B. Ullman (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joel McCrea ... Wyatt Earp
Vera Miles ... Laurie McCoy
Lloyd Bridges ... Gyp Clements
Wallace Ford ... Arthur Whiteside
Edgar Buchanan ... Doc Black
Peter Graves ... Morgan Earp
Keith Larsen ... Bat Masterson
Carl Benton Reid ... Mayor Andrew Hope
John Smith ... Jim Earp
Walter Coy ... Sam McCoy
Robert J. Wilke ... Ben Thompson (as Robert Wilke)
Jack Elam ... Al
Mae Clarke ... Mrs. McCoy
Walter Sande ... Clint Wallace
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Storyline

Former buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita Kansas. His skill as a gun-fighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1956 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Vičita See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,400,000, 31 December 1955
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Wyatt Earp was 26 when he came to Wichita. His romantic interest is portrayed by Vera Miles (26). Earp is played by Joel McCrea who is 49 at the time of filming. See more »

Goofs

When the cowboys are shooting up the town a streetlight in the foreground is shot out. It's not a gas lamp, but contains an incandescent light bulb, despite it not being invented yet. See more »

Quotes

Gyp Clements: [Dividing the money they've stolen from a sleeping Earp ] Beats punchin' cows,this buffalo hunting.
Hal Clements: Hunting buffalo hunters is even better.
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Soundtracks

Wichita
Music by Hans J. Salter (as Hans Salter)
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Another Wyatt Earp Story
7 August 2011 | by kenjhaSee all my reviews

Wyatt Earp cleans up the title town after it's overrun by rowdy cattlemen. Made nine years after "My Darling Clementine," the definitive film about Earp, this standard oater focuses on the legendary gunman's early career. McCrea would have been well suited to the role except that he was 50 when this film was made and was much too old to be playing Earp as a young man starting his career as a frontier lawman. It also looks a bit creepy when he is romancing the lovely Miles, who was young enough to have played his daughter. Earp is assisted here by Bat Masterson, a role McCrea himself played a few years later in "The Gunfight at Dodge City."


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