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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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THE TRUE SAVAGE STORY OF WYATT EARP! (original print ad - all caps) 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

Director Jacques Tourneur and Joel McCrea did three Westerns together during the 1950's: Stars in My Crown (1950), Stranger on Horseback (1955) and this film. See more »

Goofs

When Waytt first enters Wichita he is walking down main street, mountains can be seen in the distance. 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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Spun-off from Bat Masterson: Double Showdown (1958) See more »

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Wichita
Music by Hans J. Salter (as Hans Salter)
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Superior McCrea Western
12 December 2012 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Superior McCrea western thanks to an intelligent script that also plays up the actor's penchant for steely resolve. How much law and order is too much. That's the question the town council of Wichita must decide. Too much will drive away the fun-starved cowboys coming to town after a long trail drive. Too little and the town gets shot up. Newly installed Sheriff Earp (McCrea) is on the side of strict law and order, forbidding the cowboys from bringing their guns to town. This upsets powerful businessmen and saloon owners. So Earp must contend not only with rowdy cowboys but with town politics as well.

McCrea is perfect for the quietly resolute sheriff. As expected there's no swagger or bravado in his grim determination to keep other townspeople from being accidentally killed by busting-loose cowhands. When he stands alone, you believe it. It's also a well-stocked production from lowly Allied Artists, with enough extras to make the crowded town scenes credible. Of course, there's a romantic angle with a lovely but heavily made-up Vera Miles (soon to come under the wing of Hitchcock in such thrillers as The Wrong Man {1956} and Psycho {1960}). But the romance is pretty well integrated into the plot, without dangling like a distractive add-on.

All in all, it's a good western drama woven around the quietly powerful Joel McCrea.


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