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The Gunfight at Dodge City (1959)

Approved | | Western | May 1959 (USA)
After his brother the sheriff is murdered, Bat Masterson is elected to the job and is determined to find the killer and make Dodge City safe.

Director:

Joseph M. Newman

Writers:

Daniel B. Ullman (screenplay), Martin Goldsmith (screenplay) (as Martin M. Goldsmith) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Joel McCrea ... Bat Masterson
Julie Adams ... Pauline Howard
John McIntire ... Doc Sam Tremaine
Nancy Gates ... Lily, Lady Gay Saloon Owner
Richard Anderson ... Dave Rudabaugh
James Westerfield ... Rev. Howard
Walter Coy ... Ben Townsend
Don Haggerty ... Sheriff Jim Regan, Dodge City
Wright King ... Billy Townsend
Harry Lauter ... City Marshal Ed Masterson
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Storyline

Bat Masterson doesn't look for trouble, but he doesn't walk away from it. When an army sergeant in Hays City tries to kill Bat and dies for his trouble, Bat heads for Dodge City where Ed, his brother, is city marshal and a candidate for county sheriff running against the corrupt Regan. Bat buys a share in a local saloon, partnering with the widow Lily. Then, after an ambush, Bat finds himself a candidate for sheriff and the heir to Ed's intentions toward Pauline, a minister's daughter. Can the upright but not always law-abiding gunslinger and saloon owner become a lawman and settle down? Or will trouble keep finding him? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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All The Thundering Might Of The Most Famed Gunfight Of Them All! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bat Masterson Story See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Mirisch Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The opening gunfight takes place in a different (and real) Kansas town, Hays City. The climactic gunfight takes place in Dodge City and is strikingly similar to the opening in Gunsmoke. See more »

Goofs

The man who bought Bat's saloon is Ben Townsend. After changing the marquee, it says Ben Thompson. See more »

Quotes

Doc Sam Tremaine: They say you deal blackjack with three fingers... thumb, index, and trigger.
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Formulaic western with an ageing McCrea
13 March 2007 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

We've seen it all before in so many Westerns, even to the cosy buggy ride out into the country for a bit of romancing. If the tagline was "All The Thundering Might Of The Most Famed Gunfight Of Them All!", then this was hyperbole even by Hollywood standards; when I sat down to watch it it I thought it might be a reworking of the OK Corral shootout, but it wasn't; the inevitable gunfight at the end was quite tame, and its outcome predictable. McCrea was in his latish fifties when the film was made, and it would have been a sad swansong for an usually-watchable actor; thank goodness he went onto make "Ride the High Country".


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