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Winchester ’73 (1950)

Lin McAdam (James Stewart) arrives in Dodge City in hot pursuit of his father’s killer. He wins a coveted Winchester ’73 repeating rifle (known as “the gun that won the West”) in the Fourth of July shooting contest, but the gun is stolen and McAdam sets about retrieving his prize.

This is a fine, mature work: adult, intelligent and moral, creating a laconic new persona for the admirable Stewart. The brilliant black-and-white camerawork is by Garbo’s

The brilliant black-and-white camerawork is by Garbo’s favourite, William Daniels, and director Anthony Mann’s use of transition (dissolves, fades to black) is exemplary.

Watch out for a pre-stardom Rock Hudson as Young Bull, and an even younger Tony Curtis as a cavalry trooper.

winchester73

Lin McAdam
James Stewart
Lola Manners
Shelley Winters
Waco Johnny Dean
Dan Duryea
Dutch Henry Brown
Stephen McNally
Frankie ‘High Spade’ Wilson
Millard Mitchell
Steve Miller
Charles Drake
Joe Lamont
John Mcintire
Wyatt Earp
Will Geer
Sergeant Wilkes
Jay C. Flippen
Young Bull
Rock Hudson
Jack Riker
John Alexander
Wesley
Steve Brodie
Wheeler
James Millican
Latigo Means
Abner Biberman
Doan
Tony Curtis
Crater
James Best

Director
Anthony Mann