The Gunfighter Review

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Jimmy is the fastest and most notorious gunslinger around. When he rides back into town after eight years to see his sweetheart Peggy and their son, it's because he's getting old and seeks the quiet life. But he's got to face up to the young cowboys who want a piece of him.


Gregory Peck was not usually at home playing wrong 'uns, but director Henry King — who stretched him in Twelve O'clock High — got a superb performance out of him as notorious gunslinger Jimmy Ringo, wearied at killing and hoping to hang up his six-shooter. True to the requirements of frontier suspense, Ringo is, of course, a prime target for hot-headed punks to make their name by bringing him down in the dust. Also true to form, the sheriff of the small town where Ringo seeks reconciliation with his estranged wife and son is a reformed bandit buddy, unable to shield him from the consequences of a life shooting and running.

Peck's tired resignation, and the authentic atmosphere and building tension make for a compelling retribution drama of the West.