Wichita (1955) - Rotten Tomatoes


Wichita (1955)




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In this western, almost-mythical lawman Wyatt Earp is hired to bring peace and justice to a wild, wooly cattle town. First Earp bans the possession of firearms within the city limits. This makes him most unpopular until the banker's wife is shot and killed. The ploy works and the town becomes peaceful. Then Earp begins trying to oust the local outlaw leader. Mayhem ensues but justice prevails.

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Joel McCrea
as Wyatt Earp
Vera Miles
as Laurie
Wallace Ford
as Whiteside
Edgar Buchanan
as Doc Black
Peter Graves
as Morgan Earp
Keith Larsen
as Bat Masterson
John Smith
as Jim Earp
Walter Sande
as Wallace
Bob Wilke
as Ben Thompson
Mae Clarke
as Mrs. McCoy
Gene Wesson
as first Robber
Rayford Barnes
as Hal Clements
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Critic Reviews for Wichita

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (2)

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.

March 25, 2013

Jacques Tourneur's first and best film in CinemaScope is also one of his strangest westerns.

June 25, 2005 | Full Review…

A simple and entertaining Technicolor western that, through rich panoramas captured in CinemaScope, revisits the myth of Wyatt Earp with a good role from Joel McCrea. [Full review in Spanish]

May 27, 2021 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

...an astounding little Western.

December 27, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Despite a collage of wide-angle shots scanning the open range, Wichita's first act feels strangely cramped, establishing the close proximity between Wyatt's sturdy stoicism and the cowboy's aimless volatility.

March 4, 2011 | Full Review…

Rich, wonderful Western excels at story telling and visual style.

July 6, 2010 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Wichita

bit of a run on westerns here. this lean and mean tourneur outing is the most badass i've ever seen from joel mccrea, playing wyatt earp (!) in no way historically accurate but who cares. tourneur's westerns are always a bit more complex than your average oater, see also 'canyon passage' and 'stranger on horseback'. gallop-by shootings and theme song by tex ritter

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer


Ordinary western with cast of familiar faces.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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