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Winchester '73 Details


Lin McAdam (James Stewart) and his friend High-Spade (Millard Mitchell) arrive in Dodge City for a shooting contest, in which the prize is a perfectly manufactured Winchester repeating rifle, referred to as "One of a Thousand" -- a gun so fine that Winchester won't sell it. Lin runs across Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) in a saloon and the two would kill each other right there but for the fact that town marshal Wyatt Earp (Will Geer) has everyone's guns. Lin wins the rifle in an extraordinary marksmanship match-up with Brown, but the latter steals the prize from him and sets out across the desert. Thus begins a battle of wits and nerves, and a pursuit to the death. The roots and raw psychological dimensions of that chase are only exposed gradually, across a story arc that includes references to Custer's Last Stand, run-ins with marauding Indians, a heroic stand with a a shady but well-intentioned grifter (Charles Drake), and a meeting with murderous sociopath named Waco Johnny Dean (Dan Duryea), plus a romantic encounter with a young, golden-hearted frontier woman (Shelley Winters). All of these story lines eventually get drawn together neatly and gracefully by director Anthony Mann, who balances the violence of the events with a lyrical, almost poetic visual language. ~ Bruce Eder, Rovi

  • Release date:July 12, 1950


James Stewart
as Lin McAdam
Shelley Winters
as Lola Manners
Dan Duryea
as Waco Johnny Dean, the Kansas Kid
Charles Drake
as Steve Miller
Rock Hudson
as Young Bull
Millard Mitchell
as Johnny "High Spade" Williams
Tony Curtis
as Doan
John McIntire
as Joe Lamont
Jay C. Flippen
as Sgt. Wilkes
Steve Brodie
as Wesley
James Millican
as Wheeler
Abner Biberman
as Latigo Means
James Best
as Crator
Gregg Martell
as Mossman
Guy Wilkerson
as Virgil
John Doucette
as Roan Daley
Frank Conlan
as Clerk
Mel Archer
as Bartender
Ray Teal
as Marshal Noonan
Chuck Roberson
as Long Tom
Larry Olsen
as Boy at Rifle Shoot
Ted Mapes
as Bartender
Bud Osborne
as Man
John War Eagle
as Indian interpreter
Virginia Mullen
as Mrs. Jameson
Edmund Cobb
as Target watcher
Frank Chase
as Cavalryman
Ethan Laidlaw
as Station master
Steven Darrell
as Bat Masterson
Forrest Taylor
as Target Clerk


Anthony Mann
Aaron Rosenberg
Borden Chase
William H. Daniels
Joseph E. Gershenson
Composer (Music Score)
Nathan Juran
Art Director
Bernard Herzbrun
Art Director
Yvonne Wood
Costume Designer
Richard DeWeese
Sound/Sound Designer
Bud Westmore