Directed by Anthony Mann • 1950 • United States
Starring James Stewart, Shelley Winters, Dan Duryea
Lin McAdam (James Stewart) arrives in Dodge City for a shooting contest, in which the prize is a perfectly manufactured Winchester repeating rifle, referred to as “one of a thousand”—a gun so fine that Winchester won’t sell it. Lin wins the rifle in an extraordinary marksmanship matchup with Dutch Henry Brown (Stephen McNally), but the latter steals the prize and sets out across the desert. So begins a battle of wits and a pursuit to the death, the roots and raw psychological dimensions of which are only gradually revealed. With this, the first of his eight remarkable collaborations with director Anthony Mann, Stewart shed his nice-guy image and revealed an angrier, more violent and complex persona that the pair would continue to explore throughout their films together.
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