Sunday Seconds with the Duke

Chisum (1970)

Episode #39

Warner Bros. released Chisum to theaters on July 29, 1970. Andrew V. McLaglen directed the film starring John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, and Christopher George.

‘Chisum’ Movie Summary

When Lawrence Murphy looks to take over Lincoln County, New Mexico, he finds that he must get through John Chisum to succeed. Murphy has success buying all the stores in town, and then raising prices. He also uses his influence to appoint his own sheriff and deputies.

Murphy orders his men to steal Chisum’s cattle before he can sell them to the United States Army. However, a passing buffalo hunter, Pat Garrett, warns Chisum’s men of the plot.

Murphy hired Kansas City attorney, Alexander McSween to make his deeds legal, but Murphy’s lack of scruples doesn’t sit well with McSween. Henry Tunstall and Chisum decide to open their own bank and general store to compete with Murphy which they ask McSween to run.

Soon Garrett agrees to help Chisum, and he befriends William Bonney, Tunstall’s hired hand. As they bring a wagon train of provisions to the new store, Murphy’s men ambush them. Garrett, Bonney, and the rest of the men fight off the attackers, but Bonney winds up injured from the incident.

Tunstall heads out to Santa Fe to get assistance from the Governor. However, along the way Murphy’s deputies accuse Tunstall for cattle rustling, and kill him. After Tunstall’s funeral, Chisum and Garrett track down the deputies, and bring them back to town for trial.

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Warner Bros. released Chisum to theaters on July 29, 1970. Andrew V. McLaglen directs the film which stars John Wayne, Forrest Tucker, and Christopher George.

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      1. Out of curiousity, how often do you all go to a movie theater? Laurie not knowing about the 2016 Magnificent Seven made me wonder. Never seen Chisum, was surprised you all liked it that much. When are you reviewing The Shootist?

        1. How often we go will depend on the person. Shane all the time for his job, Chad quite often too. I go just once a month now. I tend to favor watching them at home, and I mostly watch noirs and westerns anymore. I am still wondering about Lori’s miss on Magnificent Seven too! 🙂

          1. What have you liked this year? These are my favorites so far – Roma, Leave No Trace, The Rider, Hereditary, Annihilation.

          2. I’m a sucker for westerns, so Bisbee ’17 and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs stand out to me. Filmworker is also great.

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