Wichita (film)

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Directed by Jacques Tourneur
Produced by Walter Mirisch
Victor Heerman
Written by Daniel B. Ullman
Starring Joel McCrea
Vera Miles
Lloyd Bridges
Music by Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Harold Lipstein
Edited by William Austin
Distributed by Allied Artists Pictures
Release dates
  • 1955 (1955)
Running time
81 min
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.4 million (US)[1]

Wichita is a 1955 CinemaScope Technicolor Western movie directed by Jacques Tourneur and starring Joel McCrea as Wyatt Earp. The film won a Golden Globe Award for Best Outdoor Drama. The supporting cast features Vera Miles, Lloyd Bridges, Edgar Buchanan, Peter Graves, Jack Elam and Mae Clarke.


Former bison hunter and entrepreneur Wyatt Earp (Joel McCrea) arrives in the lawless cattle town of Wichita, Kansas. His skills as a gunfighter make him a perfect candidate for marshal but he refuses the job until he feels morally obligated to bring law and order to this wild town. As with the later film Warlock in 1959, the lawman comes in conflict with his sponsors. His least popular move is to take away the guns of everyone in town, no matter how important. Only when town banker Sam McCoy (Walter Coy) is hit with a personal tragedy does Earp's no-guns edict begin to make sense.[2]



  1. ^ 'The Top Box-Office Hits of 1955', Variety Weekly, January 25, 1956
  2. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/movie/wichita-v116942

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