Wichita

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Wyatt Earp is the most legendary lawman of the Old West, and his exploits have been celebrated in countless movies, from Walter Huston in LAW AND ORDER (1931) to Henry Fonda in MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) and Burt Lancaster in GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (1957). In WICHITA, Earp is portrayed by McCrea and is hired by the town elders to bring some law and...read more

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Wyatt Earp is the most legendary lawman of the Old West, and his exploits have been celebrated in countless movies, from Walter Huston in LAW AND ORDER (1931) to Henry Fonda in MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) and Burt Lancaster in GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL (1957). In WICHITA, Earp is

portrayed by McCrea and is hired by the town elders to bring some law and order to the wide-open cow town. His first act is to ban all guns within the city limits (a move that does not endear him to anyone), but after Clarke, the wife of the local banker, is killed, the townsfolk go along with

him. Eventually peace settles on the town after McCrea gets rid of Buchanan, the local outlaw chief. This could have been another routine oater but for the skillful direction of Tourneur, who built a career on making strong films out of mediocre scripts. The film has visual style and moves at a

fast enough pace to distract from the plot deficiencies. McCrea gives a strong central performance, and the supporting players are uniformly excellent, including Bridges as a young gunslinger, Ford as the town newspaper editor, Larsen as Bat Masterson, and especially Buchanan in one of his

all-too-few bad-guy roles. Earp's authorized biographer, Stuart N. Lake, served as technical adviser, but still the film bears little relation to real events.

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  • Review: Wyatt Earp is the most legendary lawman of the Old West, and his exploits have been celebrated in countless movies, from Walter Huston in LAW AND ORDER (1931) to Henry Fonda in MY DARLING CLEMENTINE (1946) and Burt Lancaster in GUNFIGHT AT THE O.K. CORRAL… (more)

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