Showdown (1973 film)

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1973 Theatrical Poster
Directed byGeorge Seaton
Produced byGeorge Seaton
Screenplay byTheodore Taylor
Story byHank Fine
StarringRock Hudson
Dean Martin
Susan Clark
Music byDavid Shire
CinematographyErnest Laszlo
Edited byJohn W. Holmes
Universal Pictures
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 20, 1973 (1973-06-20)
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States

Showdown is a 1973 American Technicolor Western film produced and directed by George Seaton and starring Rock Hudson, Dean Martin and Susan Clark.


Childhood friends Billy Massey and Chuck Jarvis go in opposite directions after Chuck ends up married to Billy's former sweetheart. Billy becomes a bank robber, Chuck a lawman. But they end up joining forces against common enemies in a final showdown.


  • Rock Hudson as Chuck Jarvis
  • Dean Martin as Billy Massey
  • Susan Clark as Kate Jarvis
  • Donald Moffat as Art Williams
  • John McLiam as F.J. Wilson
  • Charles Baca as Martinez
  • Jackson D. Kane as Clem (as Jackson Kane)
  • Ben Zeller as Perry Williams
  • John Gill as Earl Cole (as John Richard Gill)
  • Philip L. Mead as Jack Bonney
  • Rita Rogers as Girl
  • Victor Mohica as Big Eye (as Vic Mohica)
  • Raleigh Gardenhire as Joe Williams
  • Ed Begley Jr. as Pook
  • Dan Boydston as Rawls

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It was the final film for Seaton, who three years earlier had directed Martin and an all-star cast in the blockbuster hit Airport. It was also Dean Martin's last western.

In a 1972 episode of the TV series McMillan & Wife called “Cop of the Year,” McMillan (played by Hudson) visits the set of a Western (directed by Seaton, who plays himself) to ask the special-effects supervisor about how to make a gunshot wound appear on the chest of a gunman—who, in the shot being filmed, is the victim in a showdown.

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