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Wichita (1955)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 3 January 1956 (Italy)
In 1874, after noticing the total lawlessness in Wichita, Wyatt Earp reluctantly accepts the Marshal's job and runs into the worst local troublemakers.

Director:

Jacques Tourneur

Writer:

Daniel B. Ullman (story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joel McCrea ... Wyatt Earp
Vera Miles ... Laurie McCoy
Lloyd Bridges ... Gyp Clements
Wallace Ford ... Arthur Whiteside
Edgar Buchanan ... Doc Black
Peter Graves ... Morgan Earp
Keith Larsen ... Bat Masterson
Carl Benton Reid ... Mayor Andrew Hope
John Smith ... Jim Earp
Walter Coy ... Sam McCoy
Robert J. Wilke ... Ben Thompson (as Robert Wilke)
Jack Elam ... Al
Mae Clarke ... Mrs. McCoy
Walter Sande ... Clint Wallace
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Storyline

Former buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita Kansas. His skill as a gun-fighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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Gateway To The West ... Doorway To Hell! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 1956 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Vičita See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,400,000
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Wyatt Earp is shown carrying a long-barreled Colt. There is absolutely no evidence from factual records that he ever received the so-called "Buntline Special." Ned Buntline wrote that he gave five guns to Dodge City peace officers in 1876. It can be clearly seen on Mrs. McCoy's headstone that she died in 1874. See more »

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When the cowboys are shooting up the town a streetlight in the foreground is shot out. It's not a gaslamp, but contains an incandescent light bulb, despite it not being invented yet. See more »

Quotes

Clint Wallace: [a solitary figure on horseback appears in the distance] What do you make of him, Ben?
Ben Thompson: Well, he's no Indian.
Clint Wallace: Could be a scout for some rustlers. This country's full of 'em.
Ben Thompson: He's headin' this way and he's not hidin'. He's probably some pilgrim looking for a free meal.
Clint Wallace: He's welcome to that. We're not takin' any chances.
Ben Thompson: Al, go out and check up on that rider.
Al: How much checkin up you want?
Ben Thompson: Make sure he's alone, that's all. If he has got a bunch behind him we'll know in plenty of time to be ready for...
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Featured in The First Texan (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Wichita
Music by Hans J. Salter (as Hans Salter)
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Good Western, but not great...
15 July 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

The now-familiar and evergreen story of Wyatt Earp's maverick attempts (& succeeding) at ridding all guns from the Western frontier town of Wichita, is again shown here, directed with some style by Jacques Tourneur, from 1955.

Joel Mc Crea - not quite a superstar of Westerns, is suitably refrained but still somehow imposing as the law enforcement officer Earp. There's good action at the start, as bands of outlaws ride in, guns blazing, fights in Saloon bars and general terrorising of the residents.

Mc Crea is good, Vera Miles lovely and a turn from Lloyd Bridges is always welcome. The colour and clarity are also good, though the Technicolor less vibrant and saturated than is often the case, making the film look more natural.

Though I'm no expert on the Western, I do enjoy a good one and whilst this was entertaining enough, it didn't strike me as one to particularly remember. It didn't drag, wasn't boring and is probably better than average, but not quite enough for 7/10.


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