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Death of a Gunfighter (1969)

Death of a Gunfighter (1969)

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Frank Patch (Richard Widmark) is the town marshall who finds opposition from the town council. Fearing some East-coast investors may stop their proposed cash flow into the town, the council plans to oust the old-school lawman, and Frank takes comfort in the arms of the town madame Claire (Lena Horne). Since Frank refuses to turn in his badge voluntarily, the council devises other ways to have him vacate the position. Lester Locke (Carroll O'Conner) is the testy saloon owner who makes trouble for the marshall. Lou Trinidad (John Saxon) is the sheriff and probably Frank's only friend in town besides Claire. After a dozen killings by the law-abiding marshall, the council is willing to break the law to insure the influx of money into the dying western town in this routine sagebrush saga. Horne delivers the tune "Sweet Apple Wine" during the opening and closing credits.

Cast

Richard Widmark
as Frank Patch
Lena Horne
as Claire Quintana
John Saxon
as Trinidad
Kent Smith
as Andrew Oxley
Carroll O'Connor
as Lester Locke
David Opatoshu
as Edward Rosenbloom
Jacqueline Scott
as Laurie Mills
Morgan Woodward
as Ivan Stanek
Larry Gates
as Mayor Chester Sayre
Dub Taylor
as Doc Adams
Darlene Carr
as Hilda Jorgenson
Darleen Carr
as Hilda Jorgenson
Royal Dano
as Arch Brandt
Jimmy Lydon
as Luke Mills
James Lydon
as Luke Mills
Kathleen Freeman
as Mary Elizabeth
Harry Carey Jr.
as Rev. Rork
Mercer Harris
as Will Oxley
James O'Hara
as Fr. Sweeney
Walter Sande
as Paul Hammond
Victor French
as Phil Miller
Robert Sorrells
as Chris Hogg
Charles Kuenstle
as Roy Brandt
Sara Taft
as Mexican Woman
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