Winchester '73

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Action, Drama, Western
Director(s): Anthony Mann
Production: Universal Pictures
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
92 min

any goat's milk?

Ain't cow's milk good enough?

Give it to our cat!

Don't hurt her!

This personal matter,

I hope it can wait

till after you fellas

leave town!

It'll wait!

Oh, uh, for the!!!

gentleman at the end!

From the gentleman

at the far end of the bar!

Let's have a nice, quiet

Fourth ofJuly, shall we?

We're about to begin

the proceedings.

Right this way.

All right!

Gentlemen and ladies,

today, at our

centennial celebration,

we are going to make history

here in Dodge City!

My old man shoots a Henry,

and he says it's

the best gun there is!

Gentlemen, if you please!

Ain't no better

than a Spencer!

When the Winchester people--

A Spencer's better

than anything you can get!

Young men, dry up!

Without being unkind to

either the Henry or the Spencer,

do you suppose we could

agree that this is

the finest gun in the world?

Can I touch it?

You can, if you keep shut

till I get done talkin'!

All right!

Fellas, this is what

you're shootin' for!

Take a good look at it

and say a prayer!

Pass it along

for the others to see!

That's real pretty!


While the contestants

are examining the prize

to be awarded to the winner,

I'll tell you

something about it.

It seems when

the Winchester people are

turning out these here guns,

every so often,

maybe one gun out of

every ten or twenty thousand,

well, it comes out just perfect!

Now, naturally,

it ain't for sale!

I would give a year's wages

for that gun,

but money won't buy it!

It wouldn't be right

to sell it!

So the Winchester people,

they have given it a name.

They call it

One of a Thousand,

and that's a good name.

President Grant has got one

and Buffalo Bill Cody.

And today, you're going to see

one of these here men

win something...

that I would give my right--

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Robert L. Richards

Robert L. Richards was a film screenwriter. Richards worked on a number of notable films of the 1940s and 1950s including Winchester '73, Johnny Stool Pigeon, and Act of Violence. His radio work included writing for the Suspense series which aired on the CBS network from 1942 until 1962. Among Richards' numerous Suspense offerings was his critically acclaimed neogothic horror thriller entitled The House in Cypress Canyon broadcast on December 5, 1946. Considered one of the tautest, most chilling dramas in the Suspense canon, the now classic show featured Robert Taylor, Cathy Lewis, Hans Conried, and Howard Duff in starring roles. Richards was blacklisted in Hollywood because of his left wing views. He wrote under various pseudonyms to get work, until he finally gave up and became a carpenter. He retired to Pátzcuaro, Mexico, where he died, still bitter about the career he had lost. more…

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