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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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Good movie, but overrated
This is a good movie, well worth watching. However, I believe it has been overrated by some critics. For example, my Comcast online movie guide rated it as four stars, the highest. I would have given it three stars. Out of IMDb's ten star system, I have given it a seven.

Here's some things that made it good:

- An unique storyline with a series of subplots woven around an inanimate object - the rifle - as it changes ownership amongst the various characters in the movie.

- Contains two elements I consider essential to a "classic" Western". First, it has Indians in the plot and there is some attempt to treat them as three dimensional characters with legitimate grievances. Second, there are Civil War themes running through the movie. The "West" was essentially a very short period of time between 1865 and 1885. Very few people in the West during that time were untouched by the Civil War, in fact, for most it was by far the most traumatic and defining event in their lives. I like to see this somehow referenced in my Westerns.

- Besides John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart probably comes across as the most natural, likable cowboy/Western character of all the Hollywood actors. He basically lights up almost any Western he's in. This is an especially good movie for Stewart fans, because he demonstrates a dark side, although this is not well developed by the plot. The movie would have been a lot better if they went further with that idea and maybe downplayed Shelly Winter's role.

- There's a great scene where Lola is being driven in a cart by her fiancé. They are attacked by Indians and her fiancé has a "yellow" panic attack, pulls the cart over, jumps on a horse and rides off, leaving his fiancé to her fate with the Indians. This is very shocking and I don't recall ever seeing a scene like it in any movie.

- Interesting bit parts by a very young Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis.

Here's some things that detracted from the movie and caused me to subtract stars:

- We don't find out until the very end of the movie that "Dutch Henry Brown", the man being tracked down by Lin McAdam, is actually his own brother. This movie would have been MUCH, MUCH better if we had known this from the outset. This would have added tremendous complexity to the McAdam's character, as he struggled with feelings of guilt, maybe throw in a few Abel and Cain references, etc.

- Shelly Winters' character just doesn't work for me. I like Shelly Winters, she played a similar role with great humor and effectiveness 18 years later in "The Scalphunters". But here, I think the script is the problem. The female role seems gratuitous.

- Stephen McNally was a weak heavy. He is miscast here. He comes across as an ethnic 30's gangster type, very out of place in 1875 Kansas. Given this movie's weaknesses, it really needed a more charismatic bad guy. Duryea's "Waco Johnnie Dean" should have played the role of the brother.

- I didn't understand the purpose of High Spade, Lin's companion and friend. Usually the puropose of the buddy is to tragically die, fueling the hero to self righteous revenge. This seemed to be telegraphed in a scene where Lin emphasizes to High Spade that life is barely worth living without good friends like him. In most movies, this is a buddy death sentence, but High Spade waltzes through the rest of the film unscathed.

In "The Searchers" Ethan Edwards had a buddy during his similar multi- year epic journey of revenge. But Martin Pauley had a key role in later plot developments and provided critical comic relief. Also Edwards and he and a complex relationship.

High Spade provides no value to the movie. Lin's characterization could have been more compelling if he had been alone. This worked fine in a movie released a couple of years later, Fritz Lang's "Rancho Notorious". In that movie, Arthur Kennedy conducts a long journey of revenge without a buddy. (Interestingly, Fritz Lang was supposed to direct "Winchester '73", but dropped out when Jimmy Stewart was cast in the lead. This was Stewart's first Western and Lang thought he was miscast. Bad move by Lang. Stewart was then give director control and chose Anthony Mann, setting up the decade long Stewart/Mann collaboration)

- They did a great job with the demonstration of marksmanship at the beginning of the movie, but it only served to make the lousy rock destroying shootout at the end of the film that much more disappointing.

- If they had a award for "Worst Portrayal of Wyatt Earp" in a movie, this would be nominated.

- The movie is almost totally devoid of comic relief, a concept unknown to Anthony Mann.

In conclusion, this is a good demonstration of why John Ford was a genius and Anthony Mann wasn't. In "The Searchers" Ford fully developed the dark side of his popular hero, Wayne and used humor effectively as a counterpoint. "Winchester '73" had the potential to be as good as "The Searchers", but came up well short, mostly for those reasons.

If Duryea had played the brother and they had revealed the brother connection early, this movie might have cracked my all time top 20 Westerns.
A Smart Looking Western That Works Well Most of the Time
Winchester 73 gets credit from many critics for bringing back the western after WWII. Director Anthony Mann must get a lot of credit for his excellent direction. Jimmy Stewart does an excellent job, but I think Stephen McNalley and John McIntire steal the movie with their portrayal of two bad guys involved in a high stakes poker game with the treasured Winchester 73 going to the winner. This is a good script with several stories going on at the same time. Look for the first appearance of Rock Hudson as Young Bull. Thank God, with in a few years, we would begin to let Indians play themselves in western films. The film is in black and white and was shot in Tucson Arizona. I would not put Winchester 73 in the category of Stagecoach, High Noon or Shane, but it gets an above average recommendation from me.

A solid first outing from Mann & Stewart
Anthony Mann's "Winchester '73" was the first of several westerns that he and James Stewart did together in the 1950's. It is routinely considered one of the best of the lot, if not the very best.

The story follows a revenge-seeking gunslinger (James Stewart) who has recently picked up the trail of his quarry (Stephen McNally). The circumstances surrounding their quarrel are not immediately apparent; instead, they are revealed gradually throughout the course of the film. Meanwhile, the gun referred to in the title is the subject of a subplot wherein the rifle initially won by Stewart's character in a marksmanship contest changes hands repeatedly.

The script shows some skill in bringing the fairly simple story to life but the actors deserve much of the credit. James Stewart is stalwart in the leading role, Stephen McNally makes for a menacing villain, Millard Mitchell is ideal in tandem with Stewart, Shelley Winters makes a fine leading lady and Dan Duryea is at his slimy best as the amoral Waco Johnnie Dean.

On the technical front, Mann's direction is sharp throughout and the film boasts some nice cinematography courtesy of Oscar winner William H. Daniels. Overall, I wouldn't necessarily place the film alongside the best efforts of John Ford and Howard Hawks but it certainly holds its own among more varied competition.
Winchester '73
This was the first of seven films where the main star and director Anthony Mann worked together, and it is a great one. Basically the film is focused on the Winchester '73, a really good gun, and also the adventures of Lin McAdam (James Stewart). He competes against Waco Johnnie Dean (Dan Duryea) to win the gun, but loses it during a fight. The whole film is filled with gun fights, Indians and a showdown. Along the way of these occurrences, Lin meets Lola Manners (Shelley Winters) and Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) who accompany him for some of the scenes. The three highlights of the film for me are the battle to win the gun, the Indians battle, and the final showdown with Lin and Waco Johnnie Dean. Also starring Will Geer as Wyatt Earp, Jay C. Flippen as Sgt. Wilkes and Tony (or Anthony) Curtis as Doan. Very good!
A good solid Western
Although not a classic Western, Winchester 73 is still up there as a movie that's been well directed and has a cast that fits perfectly into a strong story line. Anthony Mann does a great job in bringing the best out of the good guys, Lin McAdam ( James Stewart ) and High Spade ( Millard Mitchell ) and the worst of the bad guys, Dutch Henry Brown ( Stephen McNally) and Waco Johnnie Dean ( Dan Duryea ). McNally plays his character superbly, as the angry brother who always seems to be in control and never out of trouble, and Duryea as he always appears to do in any movie he makes, does the bad guy thing better than most. The two good guy roles are perfect for Stewart and Mitchell as their characters politely go their way from one near disaster to another in the search for the brother and THAT rifle. Their manners were so good it was suprising to see McAdam finally lose his cool when he slammed Waco Johnnie Dean into the bar when he caught up with him in the Saloon and almost throttled him. I mean...excuse me...is this the real Jimmy Stewart?? That scene however was only a warm up for the final shots of the movie when at last the tormented hero gets his man after a shoot out in the desert. This movie was made in the fifties in an era that seemed to be eternally full of Westerns good and bad.....Winchester 73 is one of the good ones.
Winchester '73- more than a gun
Lin McAdam (James Stewart) wins a rifle, a Winchester in a shooting contest.Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally) is a bad loser and steals the gun.Lin takes his horse and goes after Dutch and his men and the rifle with his buddy High Spade (Millard Mitchell).The rifle gets in different hands on the way.Will it get back to the right owner? Anthony Mann and James Stewart worked together for the first time and came up with this masterpiece, Winchester '73 (1950).Stewart is the right man to play the lead.He was always the right man to do anything.The terrific Shelley Winters plays the part of Lola Manners and she's great as always.Dan Duryea is terrific at the part of Waco Johnnie Dean.Charles Drake is brilliant as Lola's cowardly boyfriend Steve Miller.Also Wyatt Earp and Bat Masterson are seen in the movie, and they're played by Will Geer and Steve Darrell.The young Rock Hudson plays Young Bull and the young Anthony (Tony) Curtis plays Doan.There are many classic moments in this movie.In one point the group is surrounded by Indians, since this is a western.It's great to watch this survival game where the fastest drawer and the sharpest shooter is the winner.All the true western fans will love this movie.
The Travels of a Magnificent Rifle
In 1942 a film TALES OF MANHATTAN told a set of stories that were basically unrelated, but tied together with a suit of men's evening wear. Each story began when the "tails" were passed from one owner (Charles Boyer, for instance) to another (Ceasar Romero). WINCHESTER '73, a superior film, and a great western, has a similar plot twist. Initially it is about how Jimmy Stewart is seeking Stephen (Horace) MacMahon for some deadly grudge. But in the course of the film the two men get into a shooting contest, the prize (given by Marshall Wyatt Earp - Will Geer) being one of the new Winchester rifles. Stewart barely beats out MacMahon, but the gun is stolen from Stewart, and the chase is on.

The gun passes from hand to hand, including John McIntyre (as an arrogant trader who fatally does not know when to stop being arrogant), to Rock Hudson (in a surprising role - and a brief one at that), to Charles Drake, to Dan Duryea (as the delightfully deadly and psychotic Waco Johnny Dean), to MacMahon. Eventually it does return to Stewart.

The film is expertly directed by Anthony Mann. Every character has a wide variety of experiences. Duryea gets the rifle literally over Drake's dead body (Duryea forces the issue). But he loses it to MacMahon, who is faster on the draw - not that Duryea is stupid enough to fight for the rifle. As he and Shelley Winter look at MacMahon in the distance, Winter (who watched Duryea kill her former boy friend Drake) drops her distaste for the gunman momentarily to ask why he put up with MacMahon's bullying for the gun. Philosophically, Duryea explains he can wait. Some opportunity will come up later on (i.e., when he can safely kill MacMahon and get back the rifle).

The characters are remarkably human. Winters first appears as the future bride of Drake, but she sees a really big negative side to him - an unforgivable side. Drake is aware of this lapse, and it helps lead to his destruction. Other characters have realistic touches, such as J.C. Flippen as an army sergeant who fights an Indian attack with Steward and Steward's friend Millard Mitchell. Oh yes, and with Flippen's fellow soldier - Tony Curtis. Flippen makes one believe this soldier has been on a hundred battlefields before, since 1861 probably. Steward had showed emotions in other films. In IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE he showed a degree of anger at times, and also a near nervous breakdown when he thinks everything is wrong with his life. But here he showed a demonic anger - at the expense of a surprised Duryea (who normally would show such anger himself).

The parts of this film fit very neatly together, under Mann's competent hands. This is one western that never wears out, as the audience watches the travels of a Winchester rifle.
" This is a One of a Kind rifle, it truly belong to the man who can shoot the best "
When director Anthony Mann set out to film this movie, his publicity department created an ad campaign to see if they could find one of these remarkable weapons. They did and discovered nearly fifty in the hands of owners. The collectible was used in this movie called " Winchester '73. " The story is of two sons, Lin McAdam (James Stewart) and Dutch Henry Brown (Steve McNally) trained to shoot a rifle by their father, who for some reason is killed by Dutch Henry. Thereafter, Lin chases Dutch to seek revenge. Passing through Dodge City where a shooting contest offers a rare 'one of a thousand' Winchester rifle as 1st prize. Lin wins the rifle, but is quickly stolen by Dutch who escapes into Indian territory. Despite the danger Lin follows. The movie stays interesting as along the way, as the audience is treated to a plethora of Hollywood greats. Among them is James Best, Dan Duryea, Millard Mitchell, John McIntire, Will Geer, Jay C. Flippen, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis. Like the famous rifle, this movie becomes a Classic and one easily recommended to all. ****
First Stewart/Mann Teaming a CLASSIC!
Winchester '73 is one of the most enduring and popular films of James Stewart's career, for several reasons; it was the first of five teamings with brilliant, underrated director Anthony Mann, who retooled Stewart's drawling, 'aw-shucks' persona into a laconic, edgier, more flawed hero; it featured a brilliant cast, including Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea, Stephen McNally, John McIntyre, and, in VERY early appearances, Rock Hudson and Tony Curtis; visually, it is spectacular, one of the most beautiful Black and White films ever made, with deep-focus photography highlighting rugged Arizona settings that literally leap from the screen; and, most of all, it is a terrific variation of 'Cain and Abel', told through the premise of the search for a 'one-of-a-kind' rifle Stewart wins in a competition, then loses through treachery. It's the kind of film that offers new insights each time you view it, as the actions and motivations of 'good' brother Stewart and 'bad' brother McNally become better understood.

What truly makes this DVD an 'essential', though, is the bonus track...Described as an 'interview' with Stewart, it is actually an audio commentary that runs through the film, offering not only his reflections about the making of Winchester '73, but insights about his career, working with John Ford, Alfred Hitchcock, and his great friends Henry Fonda and John Wayne, even a nice story about his long-time mount, Pie. Recorded several years ago for the laserdisc edition of Winchester '73, it provides a rare opportunity to hear a screen legend reminisce (and makes you wish Wayne and Fonda had lived long enough to have offered personal observations about THEIR classic films!)

This is a DVD NOT to be missed!
A Classic Western
While chasing Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally), Lin McAdam (James Stewart) and High-Spade Frankie Wilson (Millard Mitchell) ride into a town, where there is a shooting competition, being the prize an 'one-in-a thousand' Winchester 73. Lin and High-Spade are introduced to sheriff Wyatt Earp (Will Geer), when the singer Lola Manners (Shelley Winters) is leaving town in a stagecoach, and leave their guns with him, as a rule for staying in town. Lin decides to participate in the dispute against Dutch and wins the desired rifle, but Dutch steals it. While Lin and High-Spade follow Dutch, the rifle changes hands, being shortly owned by a trader, an Indian chief, a soldier, a common man, a gunfighter and finally Dutch again. Meanwhile, Lin and High-Spade face many dangerous situations, until a final duel against Dutch in a rocky mountain. The reason for the obsession of Lin for Dutch is only disclosed in the end of the story.

Winchester '73 is a classic western, with shootings, Indians, 'soldiers blue', 'bad guys', 'good guys', Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, romance, pursuit, revenge, revelations in the end, therefore a must-see in the genre. My vote is nine.

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