Henry King

The Gunfighter

The Gunfighter

A key forerunner of the new breed of dark, brooding westerns that would soon cast a shadow over America’s frontier folklore, this subversive psychological saga sounds a death knell for the myth of the outlaw hero. In one of his most morally complex roles, Gregory Peck stars as Jimmy Ringo, an infamous gunslinger looking to hang up his holsters and start a new life, but whose reputation draws him inexorably into a cycle of violence and revenge from which he cannot escape. Directed with taut efficiency by the versatile studio-era craftsman Henry King, and shot in striking deep-focus style by master cinematographer Arthur C. Miller, The Gunfighter forgoes rough-and-tumble action in favor of an elegiac exploration of guilt and regret that speaks to the anxious soul of postwar America.

Film Info

  • Henry King
  • United States
  • 1950
  • 84 minutes
  • Black & White
  • 1.33:1
  • English
  • Spine #1053

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview about director Henry King and The Gunfighter with filmmaker, writer, and archivist Gina Telaroli
  • New video essay on editor Barbara McLean by film historian and author J. E. Smyth
  • Audio excerpts of interviews with King and McLean from 1970 and ’71
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic K. Austin Collins

New illustration by Jennifer Dionisio

Purchase Options

Released Oct 20, 2020

Special Features

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New interview about director Henry King and The Gunfighter with filmmaker, writer, and archivist Gina Telaroli
  • New video essay on editor Barbara McLean by film historian and author J. E. Smyth
  • Audio excerpts of interviews with King and McLean from 1970 and ’71
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • PLUS: An essay by film critic K. Austin Collins

New illustration by Jennifer Dionisio

The Gunfighter
Cast
Gregory Peck
Jimmy Ringo
Helen Westcott
Peggy Walsh
Millard Mitchell
Marshal Mark Strett
Jean Parker
Molly
Karl Malden
Mac
Skip Homeier
Hunt Bromley
Anthony Ross
Deputy Charlie Norris
Verna Felton
Mrs. August Pennyfeather
Ellen Corby
Mrs. Devlin
Richard Jaeckel
Eddie
Credits
Director
Henry King
Producer
Nunnally Johnson
From a story by
William Bowers
From a story by
Andre de Toth
Screenplay by
William Bowers
Screenplay by
William Sellers
Cinematography
Arthur C. Miller
Editor
Barbara McLean
Art direction by
Richard Irvine
Art direction by
Lyle Wheeler
Music by
Alfred Newman

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The Gunfighter: You Can’t Go Home Again
The Gunfighter: You Can’t Go Home Again

Subverting the archetypes and redemptive tropes of the western, Henry King’s melancholy tale of violence peers into the soul of a legendary gunslinger.

By K. Austin Collins

10 Things I Learned: The Gunfighter
10 Things I Learned: The Gunfighter

The producer of our edition of Henry King’s brooding western shares interesting facts he uncovered about the veteran director’s career, the origin of the film’s protagonist, and a Bob Dylan song inspired by its story line.

By Jason Altman