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Winchester '73 (1950)

Not Rated | | Action, Drama, Western | 12 July 1950 (USA)
The journey of a prized rifle from one ill-fated owner to another parallels a cowboy's search for a murderous fugitive.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Robert L. Richards (screenplay), Borden Chase (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Stewart ... Lin McAdam
Shelley Winters ... Lola Manners
Dan Duryea ... Waco Johnny Dean
Stephen McNally ... Dutch Henry Brown (as Stephen Mc.Nally/Stephen McNally)
Millard Mitchell ... High Spade
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)
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Storyline

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 <alagain@aol.com>

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Taglines:

The Gun That Won The West!

Genres:

Action | Drama | Western

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Montana Winchester See more »

Filming Locations:

Sonoita, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

James Stewart was named the winner of the third annual Reno Silver Spurs award as best Western actor of 1951 for his performance. The film was also named best Western film and Anthony Mann was named best Western director. See more »

Goofs

When discussing Custer's Last Stand, Lin says that the Indians knew that his command was armed with single-shot Springfield rifles. The Indians sent in a small wave of Indians to draw their fire and, when the cavalrymen were reloading, sent in a second wave that overwhelmed them. Battlefield archaeologists studying the site starting in the 1980's have determined that the battle unfolded in a substantially different way with the command being overwhelmed in mostly small groups, rather than one large stand. See more »

Quotes

High Spade: Where's that Steve boy? Drinkin' whiskey?
Lola Manners: He's dead.
High Spade: Sudden, wasn't it?
Lola Manners: Very. He was killed by that gentleman standing at the bar. The one that's looking at us.
High Spade: Don't seem right for people to go around killing nice folks like...
Lola Manners: He's not "people". He's Waco Johnny Dean.
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Crazy Credits

The film's opening prologue states: This is a story of the Winchester Rifle Model 1873 "The gun that won the West" To cowman, outlaw, peace officer or soldier, the Winchester '73 was a treasured possession. An Indian would sell his soul to own one . . . See more »

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Winchester '73- more than a gun
29 January 2007 | by Petey-10See all my reviews

Lin McAdam (James Stewart) wins a rifle, a Winchester in a shooting contest.Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) is a bad loser and steals the gun.Lin takes his horse and goes after Dutch and his men and the rifle with his buddy High Spade (Millard Mitchell).The rifle gets in different hands on the way.Will it get back to the right owner? Anthony Mann and James Stewart worked together for the first time and came up with this masterpiece, Winchester '73 (1950).Stewart is the right man to play the lead.He was always the right man to do anything.The terrific Shelley Winters plays the part of Lola Manners and she's great as always.Dan Duryea is terrific at the part of Waco Johnnie Dean.Charles Drake is brilliant as Lola's cowardly boyfriend Steve Miller.Also Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson are seen in the movie, and they're played by Will Geer and Steve Darrell.The young Rock Hudson plays Young Bull and the young Anthony (Tony) Curtis plays Doan.There are many classic moments in this movie.In one point the group is surrounded by Indians, since this is a western.It's great to watch this survival game where the fastest drawer and the sharpest shooter is the winner.All the true western fans will love this movie.


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