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Wichita (1955)





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In this western, almost-mythical lawman Wyatt Earp is hired to bring peace and justice to a wild, wooly cattle town. First Earp bans the possession of firearms within the city limits. This makes him most unpopular until the banker's wife is shot and killed. The ploy works and the town becomes peaceful. Then Earp begins trying to oust the local outlaw leader. Mayhem ensues but justice prevails.
Action & Adventure , Classics , Western
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Joel McCrea
as Wyatt Earp
Vera Miles
as Laurie
Wallace Ford
as Whiteside
Edgar Buchanan
as Doc Black
Peter Graves
as Morgan Earp
Keith Larsen
as Bat Masterson
John Smith
as Jim Earp
Walter Coy
as McCoy
Walter Sande
as Wallace
Bob Wilke
as Ben Thompson
Mae Clarke
as Mrs. McCoy
Gene Wesson
as first Robber
Rayford Barnes
as Hal Clements
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Critic Reviews for Wichita

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Daniel Ullman's script turns backroom political dealings into high drama; Tourneur's poised and lyrical direction elevates it to a sort of secular scripture.

Full Review… | March 25, 2013
New Yorker
Top Critic

Rich, wonderful Western excels at story telling and visual style.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Classic Film and Television

Wichita is a fascinating and masterful achievement.

Full Review… | April 17, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

This superb Western, one of the best ever made, is not only enjoyable but is thought-provoking.

Full Review… | June 20, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Wichita

bit of a run on westerns here. this lean and mean tourneur outing is the most badass i've ever seen from joel mccrea, playing wyatt earp (!) in no way historically accurate but who cares. tourneur's westerns are always a bit more complex than your average oater, see also 'canyon passage' and 'stranger on horseback'. gallop-by shootings and theme song by tex ritter

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Tombstone is the definitive Wyatt Earp film, but this one's no slouch. It's all the better when considering it came from an era of cookie-cutter westerns being churned out left and right.

Austin Vashaw
Austin Vashaw

A nice little Wyatt Earp tale reminiscent of the old pulp westerns. Just a man layin down the law. A bit of an anticlimax at the end, but all in all, an enjoyable time.

Aaron Wittwer
Aaron Wittwer

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