THE GUNFIGHTER (1950)
WHAT IS A WESTERN? FILM SERIES
Date / Time:
Saturday, Jun 9, 2012, 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm
Wells Fargo Theater, Griffith Park
Museum Admission Rates Apply / Free for Autry Members
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The Gunfighter (1950)
Directed by Henry King
Starring Gregory Peck, Helen Westcott, and Millard Mitchell
The gunfighter or gunslinger is one of the most iconic figures of the Wild West. Quick with a gun and willing to use it, the gunfighter could be an outlaw or lawman, depending on the task at hand. The gunslinger can be found in countless Westerns.
In The Gunfighter, Gregory Peck stars as Johnny Ringo, an aging gunslinger haunted by his legacy, both real and imagined. Ringo heads to a small town in an attempt to reunite with his long lost sweetheart and the son he has never met, but trouble seems to follow him everywhere. Ringo soon comes to realized that he cannot escape the gunfighter’s fate.
Jeffrey Richardson, Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms, will lead a discussion of the film and the history of gunfighters in the American West.
Be sure to visit the Law and Order section of the Autry’s Community Gallery. The ongoing exhibition features artifacts relating to some of the West’s most notorious gunslingers, including Wild Bill Hickok, Frank James, Billy the Kid, and John Wesley Hardin.