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The Gunfighter (1950) was a Western - Drama Film directed by Henry King and produced by Nunnally Johnson.

Academy Awards 1950 --- Ceremony Number 23 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingWilliam Bowers, Andre de TothNominated
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A Shadow of Death Lingers Over "The Gunfighter"

By Rick29 on Aug 10, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Released in 1950--the same year as Winchester '73--Henry King's The Gunfighter helped usher in the "adult Western" genre. From its simple title to star Gregory Peck's authentic mustache, this character study works hard to differentiate itself from conventional oaters. Peck plays Jimmy Ringo, a gu... Read full article


A Shadow of Death Lingers Over "The Gunfighter"

By Rick29 on Aug 10, 2017 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Released in 1950--the same year as Winchester '73--Henry King's The Gunfighter helped usher in the "adult Western" genre. From its simple title to star Gregory Peck's authentic mustache, this character study works hard to differentiate itself from conventional oaters. Peck plays Jimmy Ringo, a gu... Read full article


The Gunfighter (1950)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 6, 2017 From 4 Star Films

“Ringo don’t look so tough?to me.” Those are the words that propagate a legend and simultaneously?follow notorious gunman Jimmy Ringo wherever he goes. There’s always some impetuous kid looking to have it out with him and every time it’s the same result. The kid never l... Read full article


Review: The Gunfighter (1950)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jan 6, 2017 From 4 Star Films

“Ringo don’t look so tough?to me.” Those are the words that propagate a legend and simultaneously?follow notorious gunman Jimmy Ringo wherever he goes. There’s always some impetuous kid looking to have it out with him and every time it’s the same result. The kid never l... Read full article


The Gunfighter (1950)

By Beatrice on Jun 24, 2015 From Flickers in Time

The Gunfighter Directed by Henry King Written by William Bowers and William Sellers; story by Bowers and Andr? de Toth 1950/USA Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation First viewing/Amazon Instant This is a very solid Western character study of a gunman who can’t seem to put down his guns. ... Read full article


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Quotes from

Jimmy Ringo: Now turn around and head for the door. Keep movin' and don't do anything sudden with your hands.
Hunt Bromley: I'll be seein' ya, Mister Ringo...
Jimmy Ringo: All the way outside, sonny.


Jimmy Ringo: You're Hunt Bromley, ain't ya?
Hunt Bromley: Yeah... you heard of me already?
Jimmy Ringo: Yeah, I heard about you. I heard you're a cheap, no-good bar-room loafer. If I didn't have somethin' else on my mind I'd take them guns away from ya and slap ya cross-eyed.


Jimmy Ringo: [to Archie, the boy sweeping up the saloon] You got a livery stable here, boy?
Archie: [just stares at Jimmy Ringo]
Mac: Uh, he's a little astonished, Jimmy.
Jimmy Ringo: When you get him un-astonished, tell him to take care of my horse.


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Facts about

The western street in this film is the same one used in The Ox-Bow Incident.
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.
The original story was written by John Bowers and Andre de Toth with John Wayne in mind. Wayne loved it and offered Bowers $10,000 for it. The writer thought it was worth more and told Wayne how he felt. The actor reportedly said, Well, you wrote it for me. Don't you have any artistic integrity?" Bowers later got $70,000 for it at Fox, and Wayne harbored ill-feelings about the incident, accusing Bowers of selling it out from under him.
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