The Gunfighter

Synopsis: A reformed Gunfighter Jimmy Ringo is on his way to a sleepy town in the hope of a reunion with his estranged sweetheart and their young son who he has never seen. On arrival, a chance meeting with some old friends including the town's Marshal gives the repentant Jimmy some respite. But as always Jimmy's reputation has already cast its shadow, this time in the form of three vengeful cowboys hot on his trail and a local gunslinger hoping to use Jimmy to make a name for himself. With a showdown looming, the town is soon in a frenzy as news of Jimmy's arrival spreads. His movements are restricted to the saloon while a secret meeting with his son can be arranged giving him ideas of a long term reunion with his family far removed from his wild past.
Genre: Western
Director(s): Henry King
Production: Twentieth Century Fox
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
85 min

You worry about yourself.

You've got three hours' walk

to Santa Fe. Get going.

I'm warning you, Ringo.

We're gonna get you yet.

- I know, I heard that before too.

- You had no right to throw down on a boy.

What was I supposed to do? Let that little boy

shoot me full of holes? Get out of here.

He was no more than a kid.

He's heading straight for Cayenne.

Well, you think you can make it?

Cayenne ain't no further than Santa Fe.

Come on.

- Give me a drink.

- Are you up early or out late?

Either way you want it, partner,

just so I get a drink.

Jimmie Ringo.

Where was it with you?

The Mint Saloon in Dodge City. You and

Bucky Harris came in nearly every night.

- Did we ever get a drink?

- Sure.


Sure. Sorry, Jimmie.

Here. Remember now?

Yeah. I remember now. What about

something to eat? You got a cook here?

- My old woman is back there.

- You got a steak?

- I got a steak.

- A steak, eggs and a pot of black coffee.

What about a place to wash up first?

Right out on the back porch here.

I'll show you.

Never mind, I can find it.

You got a livery stable here, boy?

He's a little astonished, Jimmie.

When you get him unastonished,

tell him to take care of my horse.

Don't ride him, lead him. He's all wore out.

Archie, you heard what Mr Ringo said.

- You gonna be around?

- Hurry up, Archie. Sure, I'm here all day.

- I want to have a little talk with you.

- Yes, sir.

Never mind the horse. Run over yonder and

tell the marshal that Jimmie Ringo is here.

- Was it really him?

- Go on, I tell you. Run.

Will you please leave that blamed mop here?

Marshal! Jimmie Ringo is here, Marshal.

- Where?

- In the Palace Bar. You gonna shoot him?

- Who told you it was Jimmie Ringo?

- Mac. Mac knows him.

Mac called him Jimmie.

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William Bowers

William Bowers (January 17, 1916 in Las Cruces – March 27, 1987 in Woodland Hills, California) was a reporter in Long Beach, California and Life magazine reporter before becoming a screenwriter. He specialized in writing comedy westerns, and also turned out several thrillers. more…

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