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Filmed around the same time as Gunfight at the OK Corral, Wichita is a more modest--and to some, more entertaining--slant on the Wyatt Earp legend. Joel McCrea does his usual smooth, underplayed job as Earp, who aims to bring law and order to the wide-open cow town of Wichita. His least popular move is to take away the guns of everyone in town, no matter how important. Only when town banker McCoy (Walter Coy) is hit with a personal tragedy does Earp's no-guns edict begin to make sense. Linking the episodic storyline is an offscreen ballad, sung High Noon style by Tex Ritter. Interestingly,… More

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"Daniel Ullman's script turns backroom political dealings into high drama; Tourneur's poised and lyrical direction elevates it to a sort of secular scripture."
‑ Richard Brody, New Yorker
"This superb Western, one of the best ever made, is not only enjoyable but is thought-provoking."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Rich, wonderful Western excels at story telling and visual style."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"Wichita is a fascinating and masterful achievement."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
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