The Woman Of The Town

Decent part-factual, part-fictitious depiction of the life of reporter/gunfighter Bartholomew "Bat" Masterson, centering on the period he spent as marshal of Dodge City, a job he took when unable to find work on a newspaper. Dekker makes a convincing lawman who doesn't undertake the pursuit of his true goal until the woman he loves, social worker-cum-dance...read more

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Decent part-factual, part-fictitious depiction of the life of reporter/gunfighter Bartholomew "Bat" Masterson, centering on the period he spent as marshal of Dodge City, a job he took when unable to find work on a newspaper. Dekker makes a convincing lawman who doesn't undertake the

pursuit of his true goal until the woman he loves, social worker-cum-dance hall girl Trevor, is shot down by local cattle baron Sullivan. The marshal has been the only man willing to stand up to the ruthlessness that has made Sullivan such a success. Sullivan responds by kidnaping Trevor in a

last-ditch effort to get Dekker off his back. She dies scorned by the "decent" people of the town, who can't begin to understand the effort she put forth in trying to make their lives better, singing only to put bread on the table. A good combination of fiction and fact that gets most of its

strength through the portrayal of legendary figures as common people with ordinary goals. The film earned an Oscar nomination for its score.