Death of a Gunfighter (1969)

94 mins | Western | 1969

Director:

Allen Smithee

Writer:

Joseph Calvelli

Producer:

Richard E. Lyons

Cinematographer:

Andrew Jackson

Production Designers:

Alexander Golitzen, Howard E. Johnson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

Copyright length: 97 min. Allen Smithee is a pseudonym for directors Robert Totten and Don Siegel; Totten directed the film for 25 days and was replaced by Siegel. Working titles: Patch and The Last Gunfighter . Cutting continuity credits Dan Farron as director, but this may be another pseudonym for Totten and ... More Less

Copyright length: 97 min. Allen Smithee is a pseudonym for directors Robert Totten and Don Siegel; Totten directed the film for 25 days and was replaced by Siegel. Working titles: Patch and The Last Gunfighter . Cutting continuity credits Dan Farron as director, but this may be another pseudonym for Totten and Siegel. More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
FILM EDITOR
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
MUSIC
Mus supv
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Main titles
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Death of a Gunfighter by Lewis B. Patten (New York, 1968).
SONGS
"Sweet Apple Wine," music and lyrics by Oliver Nelson and Carol Hall, sung by Lena Horne.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
The Last Gunfighter
Patch
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 8 May 1969
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
14 June 1970
Copyright Number:
LP38888
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
94
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

For 20 years, Marshal Frank Patch has maintained law and order in the Western town of Cottonwood Springs, but now, as the citizens begin to think of themselves as "progressives," he is looked upon as an anachronism. Only his longtime mistress, Claire Quintana, owner of the local bar and brothel, and young Dan Joslin still respect him. After Patch shoots drunken Luke Mills in self-defense, the town leaders decide to ask for his resignation. When newspaper publisher Andrew Oxley presses the issue, Patch not only refuses to give up his badge but humiliates Oxley in front of his son Will. As a result, Oxley commits suicide, and Will swears revenge. Meanwhile, county sheriff Lou Trinidad is brought in to persuade his old friend to resign before he is killed, but again Patch refuses to submit to the demands. Aware that his days are numbered, Patch convinces Claire to marry him. Following the wedding ceremony, young Will Oxley shoots Patch in the shoulder, and Patch returns the fire, fatally wounding Will. Using the outbreak of renewed gunfighting as an excuse, the saloon keeper and his gang ambush Patch. Bleeding badly, Patch attends the funeral services for Luke, but as he leaves the church, members of the mayor's council open fire and shoot him down in the ... +


For 20 years, Marshal Frank Patch has maintained law and order in the Western town of Cottonwood Springs, but now, as the citizens begin to think of themselves as "progressives," he is looked upon as an anachronism. Only his longtime mistress, Claire Quintana, owner of the local bar and brothel, and young Dan Joslin still respect him. After Patch shoots drunken Luke Mills in self-defense, the town leaders decide to ask for his resignation. When newspaper publisher Andrew Oxley presses the issue, Patch not only refuses to give up his badge but humiliates Oxley in front of his son Will. As a result, Oxley commits suicide, and Will swears revenge. Meanwhile, county sheriff Lou Trinidad is brought in to persuade his old friend to resign before he is killed, but again Patch refuses to submit to the demands. Aware that his days are numbered, Patch convinces Claire to marry him. Following the wedding ceremony, young Will Oxley shoots Patch in the shoulder, and Patch returns the fire, fatally wounding Will. Using the outbreak of renewed gunfighting as an excuse, the saloon keeper and his gang ambush Patch. Bleeding badly, Patch attends the funeral services for Luke, but as he leaves the church, members of the mayor's council open fire and shoot him down in the street. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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