Classic Movie Westerns- The Gunfighter (1950)

    The community standards & policies page has been updated: https://dukewayne.com/code-conduct.htm

    For future reference the link is in the footer below.

    • Classic Movie Westerns- The Gunfighter (1950)

      THE GUNFIGHTER

      DIRECTED BY HENRY KING
      PRODUCED BY NUNNALLY JOHNSON
      ORIGINAL MUSIC ALRED NEWMAN
      TWENTIETH CENTURY FOX FILM CORPORATION

      ..

      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Aging gunslinger, Jimmy Ringo, rides into a strange town
      where he's immediately recognized.
      As kids gather at the saloon windows to glimpse the killer
      and townsfolk gossip about his
      exploits, the town marshal tries to keep the peace.
      He wants Ringo out of town, but Ringo asks for a few hours' grace
      to see his sweetheart,
      whom he hasn't seen in more than eight years,
      and their son, whom he's never seen.
      Meanwhile, three angry cowboys are on his trail
      and the town's young hothead is scheming to see just how fast Jimmy is.
      Ringo wants to be left alone, to live with his family,
      maybe on a small ranch away from his reputation.
      But can he escape that reputation and find peace?
      Written by J Hailey

      Full Cast
      Gregory Peck ... Jimmy Ringo
      Helen Westcott ... Peggy Walsh
      Millard Mitchell ... Marshal Mark Strett
      Jean Parker ... Molly
      Karl Malden ... Mac
      Skip Homeier ... Hunt Bromley
      Anthony Ross ... Deputy Charlie Norris
      Verna Felton ... Mrs. August Pennyfeather
      Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Devlin
      Richard Jaeckel ... Eddie
      Murray Alper ... Townsman at Funeral (uncredited)
      Larry Buchanan ... Bit Part (uncredited)
      Cliff Clark ... Jerry Marlowe (uncredited)
      Angela Clarke ... Mac's Wife (uncredited)
      David Clarke ... Second Brother (uncredited)
      Edmund Cobb ... Citizen (uncredited)
      Dick Curtis ... Crowd Extra (uncredited)
      Eddie Ehrhart ... Archie (uncredited)
      Alan Hale Jr. ... First Brother (uncredited)
      Harry Harvey ... Ike (uncredited)
      Jean Inness ... Alice Marlowe (uncredited)
      Tommy Lee ... Long Fu - Cayenne Restaurant Cook (uncredited)
      Pierce Lyden ... Barfly (uncredited)
      Mae Marsh ... Mrs. O'Brien (uncredited)
      Harry B. Mendoza ... Frank Loving (uncredited)
      James Millican ... Pete (uncredited)
      Alberto Morin ... Pablo (uncredited)
      Edward Mundy ... Man on Street (uncredited)
      B.G. Norman ... Jimmie Walsh (uncredited)
      Eddie Parks ... Joe the Barber (uncredited)
      Hank Patterson ... Jake (uncredited)
      John Pickard ... Third Brother (uncredited)
      Harry Shannon ... Chuck (uncredited)
      Kim Spalding ... Clerk (uncredited)
      Houseley Stevenson ... Mr. Barlow (uncredited)
      Ferris Taylor ... George the Grocer (uncredited)
      Kenneth Tobey ... Swede (uncredited)
      Archie Twitchell ... Johnny (uncredited)
      William Vedder ... Minister (uncredited)
      Dan White ... Card Player in Barber Shop (uncredited)
      Anne Whitfield ... Carrie Lou (uncredited)
      Credda Zajac ... Mrs. Cooper (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      William Bowers (Story & screenplay) and
      William Sellers (screenplay)
      André De Toth (story) (as Andre de Toth)
      Nunnally Johnson uncredited

      Cinematography
      Arthur C. Miller

      Trivia
      Large painting on wall behind Gregory Peck's chair in bar room is "Custer's Last Fight", painted in 1884 by Cassily Adams and reproduced as a lithographic print by Otto Becker from Adams's original painting. These prints were distributed in 1896 to bars and taverns all over America by the Anheuser Busch Company.

      The studio hated Gregory Peck's authentic period mustache. In fact, the head of production at Fox, Spyros P. Skouras, was out of town when production began. By the time he got back, so much of the film had been shot that it was too late to order Peck to shave it off and re-shoot. After the film did not do well at the box office, Skouras ran into Peck and he reportedly said, "That mustache cost us millions".

      Bob Dylan's 1986 song "Brownsville Girl," co-written with Sam Shepard, alludes to watching Gregory Peck in this film. Peck himself thanked Dylan publicly when he delivered the speech when Dylan was given his Kennedy Center award in 1997.

      In 1996, veteran character actor Richard Jaeckel, who played "Eddie", was diagnosed with cancer at the same time his wife had Alzheimer's disease. The Jaeckels had lost their Brentwood (CA) home, were over $1 million in debt and Jaeckel was basically homeless. His family tried unsuccessfully to place him into the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills, CA. Peck lobbied for Jaeckel's admittance, and three days later Jaeckel was placed in the facility. He stayed in the hospital until his death in June 1997.

      The western street in this film is the same one used in The Ox-Bow Incident.

      Based on the life and exploits of an actual western gunslinger named John Ringo, a distant cousin of the outlaw Younger family. The real Ringo was a ruthless murderer and survivor of the infamous gunfight at the OK Corral, against (Dr.) John Holliday, Wyatt Earp and the Earp brothers. Also unlike the movie's account, the actual John Ringo--his real name--suffered a severe bout of melancholy following a visit to his family in California in July of 1882 and went on a monumental ten-day alcoholic binge, which climaxed when he sat down under an oak tree, drew his gun and used it to commit suicide.

      "Screen Director's Playhouse" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 7, 1951 with Gregory Peck reprising his film role.

      Spoilers
      This film was the subject of the classic Bob Dylan song "Brownsville Girl". It starts: "There was this movie I seen one time, about a man riding 'cross the desert and it starred Gregory Peck. He was shot down by a hungry kid, trying to make a name for himself, the townspeople wanted to track that kid down and string him up by his neck. 'Turn him loose, let him go, let him say he outdrew me fair and square. I want him to feel what it's like to every moment face his death'" Then Dylan goes on to compare his own position in pop music to the gunfighter.

      Goof
      Continuity: When Jimmy Ringo goes into the hotel room to get the sniper with the winchester rifle, the lock on the door is just a handle. There is no mechanism to go into the jamb to allow the door to lock.

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      Death Valley National Park, California, USA
      Melody Ranch - 24715 Oak Creek Avenue, Newhall, California, USA
      Stage 8, 20th Century Fox Studios - 10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California, USA(studio)

      [YT]3KT-nevw6dk[/YT]
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England
    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- The Gunfighter (1950)

      The Gunfighter starred Gregory Peck,
      Helen Westcott, Millard Mitchell
      and
      Karl Malden (who came back after a three year hiatus).
      This film was directed by Henry King.
      It was written by screenwriters William Bowers and William Sellers,
      with an uncredited rewrite by writer and producer Nunnally Johnson,
      from a story by Bowers and screenwriter and director Andre de Toth.
      Also look out for another early movie appearance of Richard Jaeckel

      User Review

      Psychological Western with an impressive Gregory Peck
      14 October 2006 | by Camera Obscura (Leiden, The Dutch Mountains)
      The Western is not my favorite genre. I've seen some of John Ford's classics and many B-Westerns. Of most I can't even remember the titles, but this one is different. It's much more a psychological study, without the grand landscapes, backgrounds or epic story lines. If John Ford's splendid cinematography is not for you, this one cuts back to the basics of human relationships, without the epic adventure many Westerns try to depict.

      This film is skimmed down to an absolute minimum with Gregory Peck as Jimmy Ringo, notorious killer and the deadliest shot in the Old West. Though his appetite for bloodletting is over, Ringo is forced to stay on the run from young ambitious gunners determined to shoot him down. After killing an upstart in self-defense, he escapes to the nearby town of Caynenne. There, he hopes to convince his estranged wife (Helen Westcott) to resume their life together, but his arrival causes a sensation. With more young bucks gunning for him, Ringo's fate lies in the hands of the sheriff (Millard Mitchell), his old bandit partner.

      With this film the old credo, "less is more", is evident. No great showdowns, not much action, just Gregory Peck in a great character study with carefully built-up tension. He never let me down, giving a fantastic performance, again
      Best Wishes
      Keith
      London- England

      Post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Re: (New Review) Classic Movie Westerns- The Gunfighter (1950)

      Gorch wrote:

      I'm a Gregory Peck fan - hell I just watched "The Guns of Navarone", but my personal western favorite is "The Big Country".




      We deal in lead, friend.


      Oops, you just made a liar out of me because "The Big Country" is also my favorite Peck Western. Guess the others I named are 2 and 3. I also liked "The Bravados" and "Yellow Sky".
      De gustibus non est disputandum
    • Re: What Was The Last Western You Watched?

      The Gunfighter with Gregory Peck, it was pretty good and had a decent moral message and such but it felt at times like a badly done Ford Western to me, trying to go overly moralistic and maybe not getting the balance right. I'm really not a fan of movies that take place over the period of a day or so like this and High Noon.
    Back to Top