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Three Hours to Kill (1954)

Approved  |   |  Mystery, Western  |  4 November 1954 (USA)
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Framed for murder, Jim Guthrie barely escapes lynching by the town mob, becomes a wanted fugitive for three years but returns to find the real killer.


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Complete credited cast:
Jim Guthrie
Laurie Mastin
Dianne Foster ...
Chris Palmer
Stephen Elliott ...
Sheriff Ben East
Richard Coogan ...
Niles Hendricks
Laurence Hugo ...
Marty Lasswell
James Westerfield ...
Sam Minor
Richard Webb ...
Carter Mastin
Charlotte Fletcher ...


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 Maurice VanAuken <>

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The Man With The Rope Scar ON HIS NECK!


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Release Date:

4 November 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drei Stunden Zeit  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jim Guthrie: Did you know we were going to get some cattle with the place?
Laurie Mastin: Cattle? How many?
Jim Guthrie: Two. We're going to be cattle barons.
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Highly Recommended
22 February 2001 | by (Houston, TX) – See all my reviews

I've seen this several times on AMC and locally so I'm surprised it has less than 5 votes as of this writing date. Anyway, it is a taut, lean, western mystery that also serves as a well-drawn character study of what happens to friendship and love when one is falsely accused. Very well acted by Dana Andrews, Dianne Foster (very underrated actress - also see The Last hurrah and the Kentuckian), Donna Reed, James Westerfield, Stephen Elliott, and Whit Bissell. Very well directed, too. 9/10.

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