Review: ‘The Gunfighter’

The Gunfighter is a sock melodrama of the old west. There's never a sag or off moment in the footage as it goes about depicting a lightning draw artist, the fastest man with a gun in the old west, and what his special ability has done to his life.

The Gunfighter is a sock melodrama of the old west. There’s never a sag or off moment in the footage as it goes about depicting a lightning draw artist, the fastest man with a gun in the old west, and what his special ability has done to his life.

Gregory Peck perfectly portrays the title role, a man doomed to live out his span killing to keep from being killed. He gives it great sympathy and a type of rugged individualism that makes it real. Peck is a man saddened by his talent, forced to stay on the run by all the young gunners seeking to make a reputation by shooting down the great man.

Despite all the tight melodrama, the picture [from a story by William Bowers and Andre de Toth] finds time for some leavening laughter.

1950: Nomination: Best Motion Picture Story

The Gunfighter

Production

20th Century-Fox. Director Henry King; Producer Nunnally Johnson; Screenplay William Bowers, William Sellers; Camera Arthur Miller; Editor Barbara McLean; Music Alfred Newman; Art Director Lyle Wheeler, Richard Irvine

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 84 MIN.

With

Gregory Peck Helen Westcott Millard Mitchell Jean Parker Karl Malden Skip Homeier
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