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

Boy, oh, boy,

a Winchester '73!

What I'd give

to have that gun!

One of a Thousand?

First one I ever seen!

But mister,

that's a real gun!

I heard it took over

a year to make it!

Yeah! They give the first

to President Grant!

I'll sure be in good company

when I win that one!

We've hit a lot of towns,

Lin! What makes

you think he'd be here?

He'll be here!

We've been wrong before!

He'll be here!

On account of that?

If he isn't here already,

that gun'll bring him!

Hyah! Hyah!


Stayin' overnight,



We'll board your horses!

Two bits in the corral

with grain feedin'!

Four bits to stall 'em!

Real clean stall?

Yes, sir!

You can look for yourself!

You look like

an honest man!

Here! I'll take

your word for it, mister!

I don't care!

Let go! Let go!

You've got no right

to treat me this way!

I'm not doing anything now

that I haven't been doing

for the last six months!

-Just till over the Fourth!

- Why don't you pick on

the gunslingers...

and the tinhorn gamblers

instead of a girl tryin'to make

an honest dollar?

What about Steve?

You know I'm expecting him

any minute!

If he comes to town

and finds I'm gone, he's liable

never to catch up with me!

Come on!

Oh, no!

Is there something

I can do for you, ma'am?

- Stranger in town?

- That's right!

But I was talkin' to the lady!

Yeah! Well, don't fret

about it, Lola!

If Steve comes along,

I'll send him on after you!

Thanks, anyway!

Get up! Hyah!

Lola's all right!

It's just that some folks

in town!!!

think the dance hall girls

might give the place

a bad name over the holiday!

Not that I'm one of them!

You boys plan

to stay for a while?

We might!

Dodge House about

the best place in town!

Might be full up,

but I'll put in a word

with Jake!

Oh! Might as well

drop off your guns

here at the office!

Let's have 'em!

- Now, wait a minute!

You must have a real good reason

to ask a man to do

a fool thing like that!

We don't allow anybody

to wear guns in Dodge City!

Hadn't you noticed?

- Who's ''we''?

- Oh, didn't I introduce myself?

Well, where in the--

Where'd I put that thing?

I had it here someplace!

A man could get himselfkilled

hiding his badge like that.

I'm the marshal, Wyatt Earp!

Oh, well!

Come to think of it,

everyone did look

kind of undressed!

Yeah? Hmm?


here's some more guns!

Take good care of'em!

You're gonna get this

office so cluttered up

with six-guns!!!

a man won't have

a place to spit!

We got half the guns in Kansas

hangin' on the wall right now!

An awful lot of law

for one little cow town!

This is the kind of cow town

that needs a lot of law!

You boys gonna try

for the Winchester?

I sort of thought I would!

You'll have some

tough competition!

Who do you think

is the toughest?

Well, uh, as of now,

uh, Dutch Henry Brown!

You ever hear of him?

No! Can't say I

recall the name!

Local boy?

No! I'd say he was

sort of in on a pass!

You can sign up for the shoot

over there!

That's Dutch Henry Brown!

I thought you said

you didn't know him!

I said I didn't

recall the name!

Pick out a name

and write it down!

All right if I

use my own?

Some folks do!

Yeah, some folks do!

Lin McAdam,

that'll be two dollars!

Bein' as you're a stranger

and nobody knows nothin'

about you,

I'm just gonna

make your odds five to one!

I'll take a little

of that!

And who would you be?

High-Spade Frankie Wilson!

With a hyphen!

That's what I sit on

when I get tired!

Friend of yours?

I wouldn't exactly

call him that!

Personal matter?

Yeah, very!

Have you got

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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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