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Wichita (1955)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 3 January 1956 (Italy)
In 1874, after noticing the total lawlessness in Wichita, Wyatt Earp reluctantly accepts the Marshal's job and runs into the worst local troublemakers.


Jacques Tourneur


Daniel B. Ullman (story and screenplay)
Won 1 Golden Globe. See more awards »


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Cast overview:
Joel McCrea ... Wyatt Earp
Vera Miles ... Laurie McCoy
Lloyd Bridges ... Gyp Clements
Wallace Ford ... Arthur Whiteside
Edgar Buchanan ... Doc Black
Peter Graves ... Morgan Earp
Keith Larsen ... Bat Masterson
Carl Benton Reid ... Mayor Andrew Hope
John Smith ... Jim Earp
Walter Coy ... Sam McCoy
Robert J. Wilke ... Ben Thompson (as Robert Wilke)
Jack Elam ... Al
Mae Clarke ... Mrs. McCoy
Walter Sande ... Clint Wallace


Former buffalo hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita Kansas. His skill as a gun-fighter make him a perfect candidate for Marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town. Written by Losman <losman@express-news.net>

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GATEWAY TO THE WEST...DOORWAY TO HELL (original posters-all caps) See more »


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

3 January 1956 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

Vičita See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »


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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Director Jacques Tourneur and Joel McCrea did three Westerns together during the 1950's: Stars in My Crown (1950), Stranger on Horseback (1955) and this film. See more »


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Ben Thompson: Al, go out and check up on that rider.
Al: How much checkin up you want?
Ben Thompson: Make sure he's alone, that's all. If he has got a bunch behind him we'll know in plenty of time to be ready for...
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Music by Hans J. Salter (as Hans Salter)
Lyrics by Ned Washington
Sung by Tex Ritter
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Gunplay and action with the legendary deputy US marshal Wyatt Earp
25 September 2006 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

The film was well developed in Wichita where appeared Wyatt Earp (Joel McCrea) as one of the many lawman hired to keep the peace . Wyatt Earp was a gunman and sometime peace officer whose legendary reputation as a paragon of law and order was largely manufactured by himself and his biographer Stuart Lake . Undoubtedly he was also a man of great courage and gunfighting skill . After working as a freighter and buffalo hunter Earp served as a policeman in Wichita (during 1875-76 years) and then as an assistant town marshal of Dodge city . Wichita was a major cattle town that started life as a trading post for the Indians who had a village nearby and later a white settlement developed around . The town was incorporated as a third class city in 1871, and the following year , when the railroad reached the location , it becomes a booming railhead of the cattle drives from Texas up the Chisholm trail . Like other cattle towns (Abilene) the rowdy , free-spending cowboys attracted saloon keepers , gambling houses , brothels , dance houses and all types of frontier riff-raff , the city became notorious for its lawlessness and vice , serving the needs of Texas cowboys . Wichita was the leading cattle shipping center , with 200.000 cattle and 2.000 cowboys flooding into the area at the height of the station . At the movie the cowboys (such as Robert J.Wilke and Jack Elam) amuse themselves shooting the air and is when Wyatt Earp intervenes to keep the order . He is helped by his brothers James (John Smith) and Morgan (Peter Graves) who was badly wounded in the explosive showdown known as the Gunfight at the O.K .Corral (26 October 1881) . At the film appears Bat Masterson (Keith Larsen) working as a journalist . Bat was also a peace officer and gunfighter of legendary reputation as Earp and spent the last twenty years of his life as a popular sports writer on a New York newspaper , moving on to Dodge City , he served as a police officer and became a comrade of Wyatt . The motion picture develops pretty well the events around Wichita . The casting is frankly magnificent as the main characters (Joel McCrea , Vera Miles) as well as the excellent supporting actors (Edgar Buchanan , Lloyd Bridges , Wallace Ford and Sam Peckinpah plays a bit part as a bank teller). The picture was well directed by Jacques Tourneur . Rating : Good Western , well worth watching .

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