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The Gunfighter

Der Scharfschütze
Henry King
USA 1950
85min
V'17

A superb Western, almost classical in its observance of the unities, and a ground-breaker in its day with its characterization of Gregory Peck’s notorious gunfighter Jimmy Ringo as a man just about over the hill, haunted by the dead weight of his reputation, the fear of loneliness, the certainty of dying at the hands of some fast-draw punk sneering “He don’t look so tough to me.” Riding into the small town where the wife and child he abandoned are living incognito, he insists on waiting in the saloon in the hope that she will agree to see him. The kids play hookey from school to gape open-mouthed; the bartender gleefully rubs his hands at the thought of the profits; indignant rustling from the good ladies of the town serve notice that an outlaw is unwelcome; and with assorted grudge-bearers already assembling, along with the aforesaid fastdraw punk, there is clearly no future for Jimmy Ringo.

Credits
  • Gregory Peck - Jimmy Ringo
  • Helen Westcott - Peggy Walsh
  • Jean Parker - Molly
  • Karl Malden - Mac
  • Millard Mitchell - Marshal Mark Strett
  • Skip Homeier - Hunt Blomley
  • William Bowers
  • William Sellers
  • based on an idea by André De Toth
  • Roger Heman
  • Alfred Bruzlin
  • Arthur C. Miller
  • Barbara McLean
  • Alfred Newman
  • Travilla
Twentieth Century Fox

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Park Circus
35 mm
bw
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