Winchester '73 (1950)

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    • Winchester '73 (1950)

      WINCHESTER '73


      Information From IMDb

      Plot Summary
      In a marksmanship contest, Lin McAdam wins a prized Winchester rifle, which is immediately stolen by the runner-up, Dutch Henry Brown. This "story of a rifle" then follows McAdams' pursuit, and the rifle as it changes hands, until a final showdown and shoot-out on a rocky mountain precipice.
      Written by Herman Seifer

      Full Cast
      James Stewart ... Lin McAdam
      Shelley Winters ... Lola Manners
      Dan Duryea ... Waco Johnnie Dean
      Stephen McNally ... Dutch Henry Brown
      Millard Mitchell ... High Spade Frankie Wilson
      Charles Drake ... Steve Miller
      John McIntire ... Joe Lamont
      Will Geer ... Wyatt Earp
      Jay C. Flippen ... Sgt. Wilkes
      Rock Hudson ... Young Bull
      John Alexander ... Jack Riker
      Steve Brodie ... Wesley
      James Millican ... Wheeler
      Abner Biberman ... Latigo Means
      Tony Curtis ... Doan (as Anthony Curtis)
      James Best ... Crater
      Robert Anderson ... Basset (uncredited)
      Mel Archer ... Bartender (uncredited)
      Ray Bennett ... Charles Bender (uncredited)
      Frank Chase ... Cavalryman (uncredited)
      Edmund Cobb ... Target Watcher (uncredited)
      Frank Conlan ... Contest Clerk in Saloon (uncredited)
      Tex Cooper ... Shooting Contestant (uncredited)
      Victor Cox ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Jack Curtis ... Bit Part (uncredited)
      Steve Darrell ... Bat Masterson (uncredited)
      John Doucette ... Roan Daley (uncredited)
      Bonnie Kay Eddy ... Bonnie Jameson (uncredited)
      Bill Gillis ... Minor Role (uncredited)
      Chick Hannon ... Spectator (uncredited)
      Jimmy Hawkins ... Boy at Store Window (uncredited)
      Timmy Hawkins ... Boy at Rifle Shoot (uncredited)
      Carol Henry ... Dudeen (uncredited)
      Gary Jackson ... Gary Jameson (uncredited)
      Norman Kent ... Buffalo Hunter (uncredited)
      Ethan Laidlaw ... Stationmaster (uncredited)
      Ted Mapes ... Bartender (uncredited)
      Gregg Martell ... Mossman - Cavalryman (uncredited)
      Bill McKenzie ... Boy at Rifle Shoot (uncredited)
      Jennings Miles ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
      Virginia Mullen ... Mrs. Jameson (uncredited)
      Paul Newlan ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Norman Ollestad ... Stable Boy (uncredited)
      Larry Olsen ... Boy at Rifle Shoot (uncredited)
      Bud Osborne ... Man (uncredited)
      Chuck Roberson ... Long Tom (uncredited)
      Buddy Roosevelt ... Townsman (uncredited)
      Forrest Taylor ... Target Clerk (voice) (uncredited)
      Tony Taylor ... Boy (uncredited)
      Ray Teal ... Marshall Noonan (uncredited)
      John War Eagle ... Indian Interpreter (uncredited)
      Guy Wilkerson ... Virgil Earp (uncredited)
      Duke York ... Man #1 (uncredited)
      Chief Yowlachie ... Indian at Rifle Shoot (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Robert L. Richards (screenplay) &
      Borden Chase (screenplay)
      Stuart N. Lake (story)

      William H. Daniels (as William Daniels)

      Polly Burson .... stunts (uncredited)
      Carol Henry .... stunts (uncredited)
      Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
      Ted Mapes .... stunts (uncredited)
      Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
      Slim Talbot .... stunts (uncredited)
      Duke York .... stunts (uncredited)
      Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)

      Dan Duryea also appeared in the 1967 made-for-TV remake, Winchester 73 (1967).

      The filmmakers did not have the budget to pay James Stewart his requested fee of $200,000, so he suggested they take the then-unusual step of paying him a cut of the profits instead. This deal, the first of its kind since the advent of talkies, would soon become the norm and change the studio-agent-actor relationship, leading to the demise of the long-term contract and the studio system. Stewart is believed to have made around $600,000 from this film.

      On the laserdisc and DVD, James Stewart gives audio commentary about the making of the movie. It was the only such commentary he ever did.

      Although Millard Mitchell's character says that his name is spelled with a hyphen, the end credits still spell "High Spade" with no hyphen.

      There were only 133 One-of-a-Thousand Model 1873's made.

      Fritz Lang was originally slated to direct this movie. When he backed out, James Stewart recommended Anthony Mann. In the early 1930s Stewart had worked with Mann in the theater.

      In the famous scene where James Stewart shoots a bullet through the washer with the postage stamp...that is not Hollywood magic. The shot is performed successfully by renowned marksman Herb Parsons.

      At the time of filming, James Stewart was anxious to appear in more challenging roles, as he was worried that the general perception was of him as a limited actor. He found director Anthony Mann very helpful in breaking that perception.

      James Stewart spent a lot of time practicing with the rifle so he would look like an authentic westerner.

      At the time of release there was some ridiculing from the press at the idea of James Stewart, the "thin man", playing a tough westerner. (Broken Arrow (1950) had not been released, even though it had been filmed first). Members of the audience were heard to gasp in shock at the scene where Stewart angrily confronts Dan Duryea.

      Will Geer initially felt he was badly miscast as Wyatt Earp.

      "Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on November 12, 1951 with James Stewart reprising his film role.

      * Continuity: When Sgt. Wilkes welcomes Lola, his neck cloth repeatedly changes between shots.

      * Continuity: Near the end of the movie, when Lin McAdam rides towards Dutch's cover, we see Lin's shadow projected to his right side and in the next shot to his left side.

      * Anachronisms: This movie is based on a rifle-shooting competition held in Dodge City on 4 July 1876. During a poker game in the movie, Dutch refers to a "Dead Man's Hand". The "Dead Man's Hand" refers to the hand Wild Bill Hickock was holding when he was shot in the back by Jack McCall on 2 August 1876 - less than a month later. It was too soon for the "Dead Man's Hand" to be a famous phrase.

      * Anachronisms: During the final shootout scene, billboards and a highway are visible in the far distance on the upper left of the screen.

      * Continuity: When Lin and High Spade leave Rikers, they are supposed to be riding at night. However, when they are fleeing the pursuing braves, the sun is clearly visible behind the ridge they ride along.

      * Errors in geography: When Lin was chasing Dutch at the end and they had just left Tascosa, they were riding through the desert full of Saguaro cactus which are native to Arizona. Tascosa is in the Texas pan handle near Amarillo.

      * Plot holes: In the gunfight at the Jameson house, it is said that that Noonan's posse consisted of 12 men and was down to 9, and then another of them is shot. However, when the burning wagon is pushed into the house, there are 9 men pushing it.

      * Plot holes: Lola Manners appears clean and virtually pristine throughout her ordeal, despite the physical punishment she endures in the desert, on the wagon, and at the hands of Waco.

      * Continuity: During the gunfight at the end, when Dutch is cringing in the rocks and gets wounded by ricochets from Lin's gun, during that sequence you can clearly see the ricochets appearing on the face of the rock in a V-shape (clearly charges placed in a row) except for one scene in the middle where they all disappear and we see the first one happen, and then they all reappear again the next scene, so those scenes were ordered out of sequence in the final cut.

      * Revealing mistakes: During the gunfight in the rocks at the end, gunshots clearly ricochet on the rocks many times in places not even accessible from Dutch's position atop the rocks.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Mescal, Arizona, USA
      Old Tucson - 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
      Six Points Texas, Backlot, Universal Studios - 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Winchester '73 (1950)

      Winchester '73 is a 1950 American Western film directed by Anthony Mann
      starring James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea and Stephen McNally.
      Written by Borden Chase and Robert L. Richards,
      the film is about the journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another
      and a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

      The movie features early film performances by Rock Hudson as an American Indian,
      Tony Curtis, and James Best. The film received a Writers Guild of America Award nomination
      for Best Written American Western.

      This is the first Western film collaboration between Anthony Mann and James Stewart.
      It was filmed in black and white.

      In 2015, the United States Library of Congress selected the film for preservation
      in the National Film Registry, finding it "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".

      A western most of us enjoyed.
      Jimmy Stewart with a more cutting edge,
      the 'thin man' being a little more aggressive.
      As with Anthony Mann's westerns,
      well acted, good storyline and wonderful scenery.

      Some of Duke's 'Pals' in this one,
      notably Bad Chuck playing in a minor role,
      but very much in the stunt action.

      Jay C. Flippen as Sgt. Wilkes, and Rock Hudson,
      who looked really silly cast as the Indian Young Bull.
      But otherwise a nice watchable movie.
      The filmmakers did not have the budget to pay James Stewart his requested fee of $200,000, so he suggested they take the then-unusual step of paying him a cut of the profits instead. This deal, the first of its kind since the advent of talkies, would soon become the norm and change the studio-agent-actor relationship, leading to the demise of the long-term contract and the studio system. Stewart is believed to have made around $600,000 from this film.
      From Wikipedia
      As part of the publicity campaign around the release of the film, Universal Pictures sponsored a contest, by placing magazine ads, to find some of the rare remaining "One of One Thousand" Model 1873 Winchester rifles. This attention did indeed bring many previously-unknown original rifles into the spotlight and drew public interest to the field of antique gun collecting. The winner of the contest received a new Winchester Model 1894 rifle, since the Model 1873 was out of production at that time.
      User Review

      First Stewart/Mann Teaming a CLASSIC!
      Author: Ben Burgraff (cariart) from Las Vegas, Nevada
      15 June 2003

      ben wrote:

      Winchester '73 is one of the most enduring and popular films of James Stewart's career, for several reasons; it was the first of five teamings with brilliant, underrated director Anthony Mann, who retooled Stewart's drawling, 'aw-shucks' persona into a laconic, edgier, more flawed hero; it featured a brilliant cast, including Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, John McIntyre, and, in VERY early appearances, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis; visually, it is spectacular, one of the most beautiful Black and White films ever made, with deep-focus photography highlighting rugged Arizona settings that literally leap from the screen; and, most of all, it is a terrific variation of 'Cain and Abel', told through the premise of the search for a 'one-of-a-kind' rifle Stewart wins in a competition, then loses through treachery. It's the kind of film that offers new insights each time you view it, as the actions and motivations of 'good' brother Stewart and 'bad' brother McNally become better understood.

      What truly makes this DVD an 'essential', though, is the bonus track...Described as an 'interview' with Stewart, it is actually an audio commentary that runs through the film, offering not only his reflections about the making of Winchester '73, but insights about his career, working with John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and his great friends Henry Fonda and John Wayne, even a nice story about his long-time mount, Pie. Recorded several years ago for the laserdisc edition of Winchester '73, it provides a rare opportunity to hear a screen legend reminisce (and makes you wish Wayne and Fonda had lived long enough to have offered personal observations about THEIR classic films!)

      This is a DVD NOT to be missed!
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Classic Movie Westerns- Winchester '73 (1950)

      Thanks, Keith for reminding us this Jimmy Stewart movie. Don't have this one in our collection, but plan on getting it.

      It is available from, Here, for anywhere from $2.00, used to $21.00, new, take your pick.

      Chester :newyear: