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The Woman of the Town (1943)

Approved | | Western | 31 December 1943 (USA)
Bat Masterson's girl tries to get him to give up gunfighting and become a respectable journalist, but Bat has other problems - his rival is in town gunning for him.


George Archainbaud


Norman Houston (story), Æneas MacKenzie (as AEneas MacKenzie)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Claire Trevor ... Dora Hand
Albert Dekker ... Bat Masterson
Barry Sullivan ... King Kennedy
Henry Hull ... Inky Wilkinson
Marion Martin ... Daisy Davenport
Porter Hall ... Mayor Dog Killey
Percy Kilbride ... Rev. Samuel Small
Beryl Wallace ... Louella O. Parsons
Arthur Hohl ... Robert Wright
Clem Bevans ... Buffalo Burns
Teddi Sherman ... Fanny Garretson
George Cleveland ... Judge Blackburn
Russell Hicks ... Publisher
Herbert Rawlinson ... Doc Sears
Marlene Mains Marlene Mains ... Annie Logan


New York newspaperman Bat Masterson thinks back on his time as a lawman in Dodge City, Kansas, when he cleaned up the lawless town and loved a saloon girl named Dora Hand. Masterson's rival for Dora's love was a scofflaw named King Kennedy, who laughs at Masterson's attempts to establish law but grudgingly admires the way he goes about it. Kennedy's jealousy of Dora leads him into deeper conflict with Masterson, even as Dora tries to maneuver Masterson into leaving town and leaving the dangerous job of marshal behind. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Release Date:

31 December 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gunmaster See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was one of two dozen Walter Wanger/Harry Sherman/Cinema Guild productions originally released by United Artists, re-released theatrically in 1948 by Masterpiece Productions, and ultimately sold by them for USA television syndication in 1950. It was first telecast in Los Angeles Sunday 9 April 1950 on KTLA (Channel 5), in Philadelphia Sunday 21 May 1950 on WFIL (Channel 6), in New York City Saturday 22 July 1950 on WCBS (Channel 2), in Cleveland Sunday 23 July 1950 on WXEL (Channel 9), in Boston Sunday 13 August 1950 on WNAC (Channel 7), in Chicago Monday 28 August 1950 on WENR (Channel 7), in Atlanta Thursday 21 September 1950 on WSB (Channel 8), in San Francisco Saturday 7 October 1950 on KGO (Channel 7), in Detroit Sunday 8 October 1950 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in Cincinnati Saturday 21 October 1950 on WKRC (Channel 11), and in Pittsburgh Friday 12 January 1951 on WDTV (Channel 3). See more »


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Music by Lester Lee
Lyrics by Jerry Seelen
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a western which feels more like what it was like than the typical
31 July 2006 | by s_pendergastSee all my reviews

I just finished watching this in a DVD collection of westerns. It gave a lot more of the feeling of what it must have been like in Dodge City when they were struggling to move from anarchy to civilization. "Bat Masterson" is more along the lines of Jimmy Stewarts "Six Shooter" who'd rather reason out of a problem than shoot, but will shoot when necessary. Claire Trevor and Albert Decker do a good job on the leads, and the supporting cast contribute some key bits. Barry Sullivan is an interesting Texas cowman.

Unfortunately the print used was dark and punched full of holes from having been marked for TV breaks.

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