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Winchester '73
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Anthony Mann
James Stewart as Lin McAdam
Stephen McNally as Dutch Henry Brown
Will Geer as Wyatt Earp
Rock Hudson as Young Bull
Dan Duryea as Waco Johnnie Dean
Steve Brodie as Wesley
John Alexander as Jack Riker
Abner Biberman as Latigo Means
Charles Drake as Steve Miller
Shelley Winters as Lola Manners
Jay C. Flippen as Sgt. Wilkes
Tony Curtis as Doan (as Anthony Curtis)
Millard Mitchell as High Spade Frankie Wilson
John McIntire as Joe Lamont
Storyline: In a marksmanship contest, Lin McAdam wins a prized Winchester rifle, which is immediately stolen by the runner-up, Dutch Henry Brown. This "story of a rifle" then follows McAdams' pursuit, and the rifle as it changes hands, until a final showdown and shoot-out on a rocky mountain precipice.
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Like the rifle it's named after, "One in a Thousand"
For the viewer who comes upon it long after its making, "Winchester '73" has something in common with "Casablanca." While you watch it, you get this feeling that you're looking at a string of clichés encountered so often in the genre; then you realise that the clichés became clichés only after being copied from this particular film, and that they were so widely copied because this film was so great. In other words, it's a seminal work.

"Winchester '73" is a joy to watch. The broad lines of the plot are somewhat predictable, but mostly because you've seen them copied so many times in later movies, and nevertheless it still contains a number of twists which surprise you. The dialogue, the pacing and Mann's direction are excellent. Stewart shines in particular, and if you're a fan this is a "must-see," but he is not alone in delivering a good performance. Remarkably, many of the most thoughtful and/or witty lines go to minor characters. Because this makes these characters (much) more than cardboard cutouts, it lent additional realism to the film.

This is a remarkably underrated film, and well worth keeping an eye out for. The DVD also contains an interview with Stewart which provides some background on the film.
"I don't know what your quarrel was before, but you can add the rifle to it now".
There's something about this film, it just has the look and feel of a 'real' Western. I've come to appreciate Jimmy Stewart's contribution to the genre over time after first seeing him in those traditional Everyman roles like that of George Bailey in "It's a Wonderful Life". On the face of it, Stewart doesn't seem to have the features or temperament for a Western hero, but he certainly changes one's opinion with portrayals like the one here.

If you've seen a preview for this film on Encore Westerns, you might be lulled into thinking it was a straight good guy vs bad guy story for possession of the famed 'One in a Thousand' Winchester 1873 rifle. So it was surprising to me to see how the weapon changed hands a number of times before returning to it's rightful owner at the very end of the story. I also took notice of how the picture managed to pay tribute to the country's first Centennial celebration as the set-up for the top prize in the shooting contest.

Because the story didn't dwell too much on events in Dodge City, it's easy enough to gloss over the casting of Will Geer as Wyatt Earp, but geez, who came up with that one? Just this morning I caught Hugh O'Brian in "Wyatt Earp:Return to Tombstone", and the contrast between the two actors was palpable. Another reviewer on this board nominates Geer as the worst ever choice for an Earp portrayal, and I think I have to second that. Not that Geer wasn't effective in other roles, but this performance just didn't seem to work.

Then you have Shelly Winters. Remarkably, she was a very good looking woman at one time, and her beauty shines through effectively here as the conflicted fiancée of Charles Drake's character, Steve Miller. Quite honestly, I couldn't believe Miller just ran off like that when the Indians attacked, but the thread worked itself convincingly the rest of the way. Too bad Waco Johnny (Dan Duryea) cut things short. It would have been interesting to see Lin McAdam (Stewart) and Miller go one on one for Miss Lola later on in the picture. But I guess that's why the picture was called "Winchester '73". It wasn't about the girl at all when you come right down to it.

File this one under one of Jimmy Stewart's quotes from the picture - "Some things a man has to do, so he does 'em". That makes for my favorite movie theme no matter what the genre. Like a prized rifle, the man who comes out on top is one in a thousand.
The gun as a plot device doesn't add much but it does take away from the character development and their stories
Lin McAdam wins a shooting competition in a small town and gets his hands on the highly sought after Winchester rifle. However, mere minutes later he has been assaulted and robbed of the weapon by the man who came second in a very tense final, Dutch Henry Brown. As Dutch and his men head out with the rifle, Lin and High-Spade set out in pursuit. However when Dean loses the Winchester in a card game he plots to track and murder the winner – but he does so too late because the gun has already been stolen by an Indian tribe ready for war. Meanwhile Lin and High-Spade travel right into the middle of an Indian siege of a small military unit.

Although it is very highly regarded I must admit to being rather unsure quite why, because this film didn't engage me in the way I hoped it would. The plot is a fairly interesting revenge story with a deep-seated family conflict at its core but it doesn't reach its potential very often. The problem for me was with the delivery; the idea of making the gun the focal point to build the story around seems like a good one but it isn't brought off well in practice. It is done at the expense of the character development and it means we are spread thinly over too may characters where really I was only interesting in a handful of them, meanwhile the actual following of the gun didn't seem to produce anything to compensate for it other than acting as a bit of a gimmick (a cruel word I know but one that I can't help but feel is applicable).

The cast are OK but they suffer from the lack of character. Stewart should have been much more interesting than he was but as it is he is still as sturdy and reliable in the lead role. Winters is given little to do but does well when called upon in the middle of the film. McNally is so much less of a presence than he should have been – where was the spite and hate that we are told exists within him. Mitchell was reasonable support, Duryea was unnecessary although Drake was alright.

Overall this is a distracting western that doesn't do anything that badly but doesn't do anything that well either. The use of the gun as a plot device didn't really work for me while following it stopped the characters developing as well as the plot implies they could have done. Distracting but, considering its reputation, rather disappointing.
The story of a man and a rifle
This classic western opens with protagonist Lin McAdam and his friend High-Spade riding into Dodge City hoping to run into an outlaw by the name of 'Dutch Henry' Brown. They do run into each other in the saloon; it is clear that they want to kill each other as they both instinctively reach for their runs forgetting that the sheriff had impounded all sidearms. To celebrate the countries centenary there is a shooting competition to win a prized 'one in a thousand' Winchester rifle; inevitable when it is down to two men Lin and Dutch end up competing for it. Lin wins but Dutch and two friends steal it and flee town. Having left in a hurry they have left their pistols behind and have no ammunition for the rifle so are forced to gamble the rifle; he loses it to an Indian trader. It seems nobody is destined to keep it for long though as he in turn is soon killed by Indians. Meanwhile Lin and High-Spade are following Dutch; after a run in with the Indians they take shelter with the cavalry and a man and woman. When the Indians attack Lin shoots and kills the one carrying the prized rifle but he leaves before it is found. The rifle will pass through more hands before in eventually returns to Dutch... just in time for the climactic shootout between Lin and Dutch.

This could easily have been another in a long line of B Westerns if it hadn't been for James Stewart's excellent performance as Lin McAdam... the story of a man out for revenge may be cliché and the way the rifle passes from owner to owner till it gets back to where it belongs may be far fetched but that doesn't matter because the story is so well told. Stewart isn't the only one putting in a good performance; Stephen McNally is suitably menacing as Dutch, Millard Mitchell is likable as High-Spade and Shelley Winters does a good job as love interest Lola Manners; a woman passed on almost as much as the rifle! This may be in black and white but it is none the worse for that; the monochrome image having a sharpness that colour tends to lack. There is a decent amount of action and some tense moments when it seems violence could erupt at any moment. The final shoot out lasts longer than I expected but managed to keep the tension high as Lin and Dutch shoot it out amongst rocky terrain. If you are a fan of westerns this is certainly one you shouldn't miss.
Excellent Western!
The western genre went thought many disguises, from Ford to Mann to Leone. This one directed by Anthony Mann is a classic western.

The Mann/Stewart partnership produced some excellent work.

The film's star is none of the thespians, no, it's a gun, the one that won the west. Okay, there is a story of revenge too, but quite frankly, the gun steals the show!

The performances are excellent, great to see Jimmy Stewart's anger in this one, you could see the blood in his eyes. The film may like a photographic scenic location but the story and performances take the picture in another direction.

A nice screenplay which everyone works off very well.

A very good western.
Stewart's best western
I led a national championship team with my own Winchester 73, though it wasn't close to being "One of one thousand!" That connection aside, this is probably Jimmy Stewart's best western: a gritty, intense performance happily at odds with his usual genial persona. Stephen McNally is just fine as The Evil Brother, and Millard Mitchell is solid as sidekick High-Spade. The same cannot be said of some other cast members. Will Geer is simply ridiculous as a bumbling Wyatt Earp, and Shelly Winters is, well, Shelly Winters as The Blowsy, Buxom Blonde.

One aspect of the shooting is peculiar. It's necessary to demonstrate the sibling background for Stewart and McNally, but the sloooow raising of the rifle halfway followed by the snap movement to the shoulder serves no genuine purpose. Another device easily could've been used: shooting stance, identical terminology, etc. Champion shotgunner Rudy Etchen, who did some of the trick shooting, certainly could've contributed had he been asked.
Classic Revenge Western!
"Winchester '73" marked the first of a series of westerns involving James Stewart and director Anthony Mann. As in most of them Stewart's hero has an violent edge that threatens to explode at any time.

The title refers to a "one in a thousand" rifle that is up for competition at a rifle shoot held in Dodge City on July 4, 1876. Into town comes Lin McAdam (Stewart) and his sidekick High Spade (Millard Mitchell) who are on the trail of Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) for a past dastardly deed. They arrive just in time to see Marshal Wyatt Earp (Will Geer) running saloon girl Lola (Shelley Winters) out of town. It turns out that Dutch Henry is also in town for the rifle shoot. Lin and Dutch Henry shoot it out for the coveted prize with Lin winning but Dutch Henry robs Lin of the gun and escapes.

Lin and High Spade trail Dutch Henry across country where they encounter Lola with her cowardly beau Steve Miller (Charles Drake) hold up in a U.S. Cavalry camp awaiting attack by the Indians led by Young Bull (Rock Hudson) who has acquired the prized rifle by murdering wily gun runner John McIntyre. He had got the weapon by cheating Dutch Henry at poker. Young Bull is killed during the attack and the gun passes to Steve.

Meanwhile, back at the ranch, Lola and Steve meet up with notorious gunman Waco Johnny Dean (Dan Duryea) who kills Steve and takes the valued rifle and Lola for himself. When Dean meets up with Dutch Henry, he allows him to take back "his gun" planning to murder him later. In the town of Tuscosa, Lin kills Dean as Dutch Henry's plans of holding up the bank go bad and he escapes into the hills with Lin in pursuit. In one of the best final shoot outs ever, the two meet in the final showdown.

I believe that this movie was the only one of the Stewart/Mann collaborations that was shot in B&W. It is beautifully photographed, especially the scenes in the "wide open spaces" and in particular, the final showdown. Stewart playing against type, plays the hero with a violent revenge motive edge, an emotion that he would carry into future films with Mann.

As in most Universal westerns, this one boasts a cast of seasoned veterans and contract players of the day. In addition to those mentioned above, J.C. Flippen appears as the cavalry sergeant, Steve Brodie, James Millican, John Doucette and Chuck Roberson as various henchmen, Ray Teal as the sheriff pursuing Duryea, Tony Curtis and James Best as rookie soldiers and Edmund Cobb, Chief Yowlachie and John War Eagle in various roles in the Dodge City sequence.

A classic western in every sense of the word. It was responsible for re-generating Stewart's career as an action star.
lonesome cowboy (James Stewart) tracks the evil brother who stole his beloved rifle.
Buffs of the adult western that flourished in the 1950s try and trace its origins to the film that kicked off the syndrome. Of course, we can go back to Howard Hawks's Red River (1948) or further still to John Ford's My Darling Clementine (1946), but if we want to stick with this single decade, then it has to be one of a couple of films made in that era's initial year. One is "The Gunfighter," an exquisitely grim tale of a famed gunslinger (Ringo) facing his last shootout. Another from that same year is "Winchester '73," and it's worth noting that Millard Mitchell appears in both as grim, mustached, highly realistic range riders. In The Gunfighter, he's the town marshal expected to arrest Ringo but once rode with him in an outlaw gang. In Winchester, he's the sidekick to Jimmy Stewart, a kind of Horatio to Stewart's Hamlet in this epic/tragic tale. The plot is simple enough: Stewart's lonesome cowpoke wins a remarkable Winchester in a shooting match, beating the meanest man in the west (Stephen McNally), who is actually his own brother and caused the death of their father. When the brother steals the gun, Stewart and Mitchell go after him in a cowboy odyssey that takes them all across the frontier, meeting up with both outlaws and Indians. (In one wonderful bit, two future stars - Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis - play an Indian chief and a U.S. cavalry soldier - during a well staged pitched-battle. Dan Duryea steals the whole show as a giggling outlaw leader, while Shelly Winters, just before she began to gain weight, is fine as the shady lady who ties all the plots together. Today, filmmakers would go on for about four hours to bring such an ambitious idea to the screen, but Anthony Mann does so in an extremely economical amount of time, with not a minute wasted. Such western legends as Bat Masterson and Wyatt Earp (terrifically played by Will Geer) make brief appearances, adding to the historicity as well as the epic nature. The final battle between good and bad brothers, high atop a series of jutting rock canyons, is now legendary among western buffs. It's also worth noting that Stewart, however much associated he became with western films, does what is actually his first western leading man role here - yes, he was in Destry Rides Again eleven years earlier, but was cast in that comedy spoof because he seemed so WRONG for westerns!
A typical western classic.
A fine western, following the fate of those who possess the prize winning gun, a Winchester '73. It has a great cast who give superb cliche characterisations with help from the usual effective story telling direction from Mann.
Absolute rubbish.
Ms Winters cannot act and Mr Stewart can barely act.

Do not be fooled by the ridiculous hype about this being an influential film.

Plot and script awful.


I can think of a hundred westerns better than this one and by a long way.

Nice scene showing hero and villain shooting some rock to pieces !

I was rooting for the villain.

Only one character brought some life into this sorry affair and that is the one who shot Winters boyfriend.
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