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To the Last Man (1933)

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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Jim Daggs
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Bill Hayden
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Neil Stanley
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Jed Colby
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Ann Hayden Stanley
Egon Brecher ...
Mark Hayden
Muriel Kirkland ...
Molly Hayden
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Jeff Morley
James Eagles ...
Eli Bruce (as James C. Eagles)
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Granny Spelvin
Harlan Knight ...
Grandpa Chet Spelvin
Jay Ward ...
Lynn Hayden - as a Child
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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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Two families at war . . . to the last man!

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Law of Vengeance  »

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Trivia

Although this film was re-released theatrically under its original title, it was re-titled 'Law of Vengeance' when it was sold to television, most likely to protect the theatrical re-release which was still in progress in many territories. In Detroit it was first telecast Friday 2 October 1953 on WXYZ (Channel 7), in New York City, Friday 22 January 1954 on WCBS (Channel 2), and in Los Angeles, Saturday 22 July 1954 on KNBH (Channel 4). In San Francisco, it first hit the airwaves Saturday 30 April 1955 on KPIX (Channel 5). See more »

Goofs

Around the 47 to 48 minute mark when Ellen Colby goes to kick the package that Lynn Haden has left on the rock you can see a car on the valley floor (actually filmed in Big Bear Lake, CA). It appears to be a Model T type. The time this story takes place is approximately 20 years after the end of the Civil War which would be around 1885. Such style of a vehicle was not invented yet and certainly few if any vehicles were in the "Nevada" hills on during that time. See more »

Quotes

Lynn Hayden: [to Ellen] You're a disturbing sort of girl.
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The opening credits feature the names and titles on printer-press paper, and subtitles name the actors and their roles when they first appear. See more »

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Landmark Western
4 May 2009 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

This is a standout early-30's western because of the extraordinary talent that participated in it: director Henry Hathaway, writer Jack Cunningham (who collaborated with Hathaway on six pictures in 1933-34), original novelist Zane Gray, and a cast of stars and future stars who were in Hathaway's stock company at the time: Randolph Scott, Barton McLane, Buster Crabbe (who in two-shot close-ups looks as though he were born to play Scott's brother), Noah Berry, and Jack LaRue. Even in brief and minor roles, Hathaway gets memorable performances, such as a shaved Fuzzy Knight in a serious rather than comic-relief role and Eugenie Besserer as a fierce grandmother crying out for Biblical vengeance. Esther Ralston is a revelation in the lead female role, as an unpolished and touchy backwoods girl who yearns to be a lady but who is fully capable in the climatic scene of fighting desperately to save her man's life.

The plot mixes returning Civil War veterans, hill country family feuds, and Western rustling action, and ties these threads neatly together. The film is only a little over an hour long, but it packs a lot of action and plot into that short running time.


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