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The Last Bandit (1949)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 25 February 1949 (USA)
About to marry Jim Plummer, Kate Foley runs off to Nevada when Ed Bagley convinces her a quick fortune can be made robbing gold shipments that are being transported by the railroad. In ... See full summary »



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Cast overview:
Frank Norris / Frank Plummer (as William Elliott)
Kate Foley / Kate Sampson (as Adrian Booth)
Jim Plummer
Casey Brown
Mort Pemberton
Winnie McPhail
Ed Bagley
Virginia Brissac ...
Kate's Mother
Louis Faust ...
Hank Morse (as Louis R. Faust)
Jeff Baldwin
Patrick Moreno
Local No. 44 Engineer
Blindfolded Circuit Rider


About to marry Jim Plummer, Kate Foley runs off to Nevada when Ed Bagley convinces her a quick fortune can be made robbing gold shipments that are being transported by the railroad. In Bannock City she meets reformed-bandit Frank Plummer, posing as Frank Norris, brother of Jim Plummer, who has being going straight and working as an express shipment guard. Jim also shows up and plans a robbery by stealing a train and hiding it in an abandoned tunnel. The two brothers are on opposite sides of the law with the now-reformed Kate caught in the middle. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Romance | Western


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Release Date:

25 February 1949 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det store togoverfald  »

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Technical Specs


| (Encore-Westerns Library Print)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Final film of veteran character actor Charles Middleton. See more »


When proprietor Winnie McPhail of the Square Deal Casino opens a closet door in a room above the saloon, it appears to look out over an outdoor tree line on the horizon. See more »


Kate Foley: What are you doing?
Jim Plummer: Why, I'm tying you up. Can't let my future wife get away from me again!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are displayed as pages of a book. See more »


Remade as South Pacific Trail (1952) See more »


Love Is Such a Funny Thing
Adapted from traditional song "Careless Love"
Written by Jack Elliott
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The Good and Bad Plummer Brothers
29 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Last Bandit which is a remake of an earlier Republic western that starred Bob Steele called The Great Robbery involves the story of Wild Bill Elliott and Forrest Tucker, a pair of outlaw brothers named Plummer who have gone their separate ways. Elliott has left their Ozark turf and gone west to Nevada and now works for a railroad express company making an honest living. But when Tucker hears that he figures he's got an inside man for a really big score. He brings the whole gang with him from Missouri to Nevada and that includes Adrian Booth who flirts between the two brothers.

Still a film aimed at the juvenile trade, The Last Bandit is a great deal more intricately plotted than most westerns out of Republic Studios. Herbert J. Yates even splurged for a color process called TruColor and the DVD I have it shows it has aged well or been nicely restored. The color may make this the most expensive Wild Bill Elliott western ever done.

Such stalwarts as Jack Holt, Andy Devine, Virginia Brissac, Martin Garralaga, and Grant Withers are all in the cast in roles suited to them. Charles Middleton the famous Ming the Merciless makes his farewell appearance in The Last Bandit as a circuit riding preacher at the beginning of the film. But the one to watch is Minna Gombell who plays the proprietress of the saloon where all the plots are hatched and she's sitting on the nest. The film also hints ever so gently at her real profession as madam of a bordello, also unusual for a film marketed to juveniles.

The final 20 minutes or so deals with the robbery and Elliott's attempt to foil same. It was expertly done and a close run thing.

The Last Bandit is definitely a must for Wild Bill Elliott fans.

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