🎥 Winchester 73 – 1950
The Story …
Lin McAdam and Frankie Wilson are searching for Dutch Henry Brown, with whom Lin has a personal score to settle.
They find him in a saloon in Dodge City, Kansas, but cannot fight due to the presence of Sheriff Wyatt Earp. Lin enters the town’s Centennial shooting contest for a prized Winchester 1873 rifle. Lin wins and goes to his room at the boarding house to pack. There, Dutch ambushes him, steals the rifle, and rides away with two cohorts.
Arriving at Riker’s Bar, they find Native American trader Joe Lamont, who sees the prize Winchester and becomes determined to own it. He raises the price of his guns and ammunition supply so high that Dutch and his men cannot afford to buy any …
Dutch’s only option is to trade the rifle for Lamont’s three hundred dollars in gold plus their pick of weapons. Dutch makes the trade and tries to get the rifle back by gambling the three hundred in a poker game against Lamont, but loses.
Lamont takes his guns to meet Native American buyers, but their leader Young Bull prefers the prize Winchester. When Lamont refuses to sell it, he is robbed and scalped.
Meanwhile, former saloon girl Lola is in a wagon with her fiancé Steve Miller traveling toward a new home. Pursued by Young Bull and his warriors, they realize that they will not be able to outrun them. Panicking, Steve jumps on his horse and rides off to find help. Not far ahead, Steve sees a small encampment of soldiers. He then races back for Lola and together they make it into the soldiers’ camp. Lin and Wilson, chased by the same Native Americans, also ride into the encampment that night.
The soldiers are new to the territory. Lin gives their sergeant tactical advice on fighting Native Americans and they prepare for an attack expected early the next morning. After a fierce battle in which Young Bull is killed, the Native Americans leave, while Lin and High-Spade depart to continue searching for Dutch. Unknowingly, they ride past the prize Winchester where Young Bull had dropped it when he fell. It is found by a trooper and the Sergeant gives it to Steve.
Steve and Lola reach the Jameson house, which is set to become theirs. He wants her to stay with the Jamesons while he goes to meet outlaw Waco Johnny Dean, but Waco and his men arrive unexpectedly, chased by a posse that surrounds the house. Once Waco sees the prize Winchester, he too covets it.
He provokes Steve into a gunfight and kills him. Waco and Lola escape the posse and ride to Dutch’s hideout. Dutch claims the rifle is his and forces Waco to return it.
The gang goes to Tascosa, Texas to commit a robbery. They are joined by Lin and Wilson. Waco attempts to shoot Lin and is killed, while around them the robbery goes awry and Lola is wounded. Wilson reveals to Lola that Dutch is Lin’s brother and that Dutch had robbed a bank and a stagecoach and returned to the family home hoping to hide out. When their father refused to help him, Dutch shot him in the back and Lin has sworn revenge.
Lin confronts Dutch on a rocky hill and calls him by his real name, Matthew. They shoot it out on the hill, and Lin kills him, reclaiming the Winchester.
- Directed by Anthony Mann
- Screenplay by Borden Chase and Robert L. Richards
- Story by Stuart N. Lake
- Produced by Aaron Rosenberg
- Cinematography : William H. Daniels
- Edited by Edward Curtiss
- Music by Joseph Gershenson (musical director)
- Colour Process Black and White
- Production Company : Universal Pictures
- Distributed by Universal Pictures
- Release Date : July 12, 1950
- James Stewart as Lin McAdam
- Shelley Winters as Lola Manners
- Dan Duryea as Waco Johnny Dean
- Stephen McNally as Dutch Henry Brown / Matthew McAdam
- Millard Mitchell as High-Spade Frankie Wilson
- Charles Drake as Steve Miller
- John McIntire as Joe Lamont
- Will Geer as Wyatt Earp
- Jay C. Flippen as Sergeant Wilkes
- Rock Hudson as Young Bull
- John Alexander as Jack Riker
- Steve Brodie as Wesley
- James Millican as Wheeler
- Abner Biberman as Latigo Means
- Tony Curtis as Doan (credited as “Anthony Curtis”)
- James Best as Crater
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