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To the Last Man (1933)

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In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden and Ellen Colby's plans to marry.

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Lynn Hayden
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Jim Daggs
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Bill Hayden
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Neil Stanley
Noah Beery ...
Jed Colby
Gail Patrick ...
Ann Hayden Stanley
Egon Brecher ...
Mark Hayden
Muriel Kirkland ...
Molly Hayden
Fuzzy Knight ...
Jeff Morley
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Eli Bruce (as James C. Eagles)
Eugenie Besserer ...
Granny Spelvin
Harlan Knight ...
Grandpa Chet Spelvin
Jay Ward ...
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In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden and Ellen Colby's plans to marry. Written by Maurice VanAuken <vanauken@comcast.net>

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nevada | kentucky | murder | revenge | showdown | See more »

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Two families at war . . . to the last man!

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15 September 1933 (USA)  »

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The landslide sequence includes a lot of archive footage from the silent version, To the Last Man (1923), filmed ten years earlier. See more »

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Granny Spelvin: It ain't honorable to take a family feud to court. It won't spill no blood for you.
Mark Hayden: I want no blood spilled for me.
Granny Spelvin: Then you're puttin' yourself above the Prophets! An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. It's in the Book!
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Feuds are bad,...m'kay?!
6 August 2013 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

"To the Last Man" is an interesting film--partly because of a couple uncredited performances and partly because it is a very gritty sort of film. As far as the uncredited roles go, you'll see Shirley Temple just before she became a mega-star as well as a tiny appearance by John Carradine.

The film begins just after the Civil War. As a man returns to his wife in the hills of Kentucky, you see his father-in-law being murdered by a neighbor. The killing is all part of a long-standing feud (like the infamous Hatfield and McCoy feud) but instead of killing the perpetrator, the war vet has announced he's seen enough killing and takes the case to court. His family at first is upset he didn't kill the killer, but in the long run it was the logical thing to do. However, the murderer is NOT logical and vows to renew the feud after his 15 year sentence is complete. Now this guy is super-serious--and even after his enemy leaves Kentucky and moves to Nevada, he and his clan move west just so they can get their revenge!! But, instead of just shooting them, the ex-con plans on ruining their ranch--with the help of his best prison buddy. However, there is a monkey wrench in this plan--his daughter is about to fall in love with one of the enemy (Randolph Scott)! How's all this insanity going to end?! While the plot isn't all that remarkable, the film works because the film is very gritty and unsentimental. You'll see a lot of Pre-Code style violence--and this actually helps the film to be both realistic and creates a strong impact--especially during the big showdown at the end. Bold and gritty--and worth seeing.


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