Winchester 73 (1950)
US silver dollar and Indian peace medal
The 1950 Universal Pictures Western film "Winchester 73" shows some silver dollars used as shooting targets
and an Indian Peace medal.
The brother steals the rifle, the rifle is then passed among various people before James finally retrieves it.
The rifle is a "bad luck piece" as most of the owners are killed violently.
Jefferson Indian Peace Medal.
2. The prize Winchester 73 Rifle
The Dodge City July 4, 1876 US Centennial shooting contest is managed by the renown
marshall Wyatt Earp.
3. Lin McAdam and High Spade arrive
Lin McAdam has been hunting his brother, an outlaw who is using the name "Dutch Henry Brown".
Lin encounters his brother at the shooting contest.
shoot at thrown silver dollars.
4. Marshall Earp holds silver dollar
The US silver dollars then in circulation would be Liberty Seated types as the more common
Morgan types were not minted until 1878.
Or the silver dollar could be a Mexican peso, which were in circulation in the American West then.
Lin finally emerges as the winner, but back at his hotel room Dutch and two accomplices
steal the rifle.
Joe Lamont, a white man who sells weapons to Indians.
5. Joe Lamont and Dutch Henry Brown
Joe has a shipment of old rifles and pistols ready for sale to the Indians,
Dutch and Joe finally make a deal to trade the Winchester for several older guns.
The outlaws leave, then Joe leaves to take his shipment to an Indian tribe led by chief Young Bull.
6. Young Bull
Young Bull is wearing an old Indian Peace medal.
The medal appears to be a type issued by US President Thomas Jefferson.
Lin, High Spade, and a couple, Steve Miller and Lola Manners.
Steve is not very brave and Lola is having second thoughts about settling down with him.
7. Young Bull on horse
Young Bull is holding his new Winchester rifle.
His horse is specially marked for battle.
8. Young Bull with Indian Peace medal
The reverse of the Indian Peace medal is visible in this scene.
The medal reverse has two clasped hands.
9. Indians attack
Young Bull's horse blanket markings are reversed, possibly a different blanket.
A young Cavalry trooper finds the Winchester rifle.
10. Cavalry trooper finds rifle
The sergeant tells the trooper that he can not keep the rifle as an officer will steal it from him.
He tries to give the rifle to Lin, but since Lin and his pal have left, he then gives the rifle to Steve.
11. Cavalry sergeant gives rifle to Steve Miller
Steve and Lola head to a ranch they are thinking of buying.
Some outlaws arrive at the ranch pursued by a sheriff's posse.
Waco persuades Steve to give him the rifle.
12. Waco Johnny Dean takes rifle
Waco then kills Steve, flees the ranch with Lola, and the head to meet another group of outlaws
led by Dutch Henry Brown.
Dutch recognizes the Winchester rifle and asks Waco for it.
Waco sees how much Dutch wants the rifle and gives it to him.
13. Dutch Henry Brown gets the rifle back
The outlaws head to the small town, Lola is there, and Lin and High Spade also arrive.
Lin manages to foil the robbery and Waco is killed.
14. Waco meets his end
High Spade tells Lola the story of the good and bad brothers Lin and Dutch,
and why Lin is obsessed with killing Dutch.
15. Two brothers in the mountains
After the gunfight, Lin emerges victorious and heads back to town.
16. Lin and Lola
James Stewart as Lin McAdam
Stephen McNally as Dutch Henry Brown
Will Geer as Wyatt Earp
Shelley Winters as Lola Manners
John McIntire as Joe Lamont
Charles Drake as Steve Miller
Dan Duryea as Waco Johnny Dean
Rock Hudson as Young Bull
Writers: Robert L. Richards, Borden Chase, Stuart N. Lake