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After three years on the run, Jim Guthrie returns with the scar of a rope burn on his neck. In flashback we learn how he was framed for murder but then escaped from the lynch mob just as he was about to be hung. Tired of running, he has returned to find the real killer and the Sheriff has given him just three hours to do it. Written by
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Brooding Dana Andrews returns to town that lynched him
"Three Hours to Kill" (1954) is a fine Columbia western. Dana Andrews is at a town festive occasion and ready to marry sweetheart Donna Reed soon, over the objections of her possessive brother, Richard Webb. Their plans go drastically awry when Webb is shot dead and a number of townspeople, urged on by barber Whit Bissell and bartender James Westerfield rally a lynch mob and string Andrews up. With the armed help of Reed, Andrews barely escapes with his life and goes into hiding. Several years later, he's back, determined to find out who really shot Webb.
This well-plotted story maintains the mystery until near the end, there being a number of suspects. Romantic triangles and disappointments add to the story. Reed has married rancher Laurence Hugo and they are raising a son she had by Andrews, unknown to him. Diane Foster has set her sights on Andrews. Sheriff Stephen Elliott has given Andrews only three hours to sort things out before arresting him on the old charge.
This is definitely a darker and adult kind of western.
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