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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: How come I've got to run into a squirt like you nearly every place I go these days? What are you trying to do? Show off for your friends?


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: 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.


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Facts about

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