VIENNA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL: OCTOBER 25 – NOVEMBER 8, 2018

Gunfighter

V' 17

The Gunfighter

Der Scharfschütze

Henry King
USA, 1950
85min, OF

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The Gunfighter

Henry King
USA, 1950
, 85min, OF

Actors: 
Gregory Peck
Jimmy Ringo
Helen Westcott
Peggy Walsh
Millard Mitchell
Marshal Mark Strett
Jean Parker
Molly
Karl Malden
Mac
Skip Homeier
Hunt Blomley
Screenplay: 
William Bowers
William Sellers
based on an idea by André De Toth
Sound: 
Alfred Bruzlin
Roger Heman
Camera: 
Arthur C. Miller
Editor: 
Barbara McLean
Composer: 
Alfred Newman
Costume: 
Travilla

Production: 
Twentieth Century Fox
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

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.