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4 November 1954 (USA) See more »
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The Man With The Rope Scar ON HIS NECK!
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Cast

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Dana Andrews ... Jim Guthrie

Donna Reed ... 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

Carolyn Jones ... Polly
Charlotte Fletcher ... Betty

Whit Bissell ... Deke
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ada Adams ... Townsman (uncredited)
Elsie Baker ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Stanley Blystone ... Townsman (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Accordionist (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bob Burns ... Townsman (uncredited)
Paul E. Burns ... Albert (uncredited)
Robert Carson ... Cowhand (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Ernest (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Townsman (uncredited)
Edward Earle ... Townsman (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Townsman (uncredited)
Arthur Fox ... Little Carter (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Cass (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Townsman (uncredited)
Reed Howes ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Stableman (uncredited)
Tom Kingston ... Card Player (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Townsman (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Townsman (uncredited)
Francis McDonald ... Deputy Vince (uncredited)
Harry Mendoza ... Card Player (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Townsman (uncredited)
Pat O'Malley ... Townsman (uncredited)
Robert Paquin ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Jack Parker ... Townsman (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Townsman (uncredited)
Julian Rivero ... Dominguez (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Man Offering to Buy Drinks (uncredited)
Syd Saylor ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jerry Sheldon ... Townsman (uncredited)
Cap Somers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Boyd Stockman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Felipe Turich ... Esteban (uncredited)
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Directed by
Alfred L. Werker  (as Alfred Werker)
 
Writing credits
Alex Gottlieb (story)

Richard Alan Simmons  and
Roy Huggins 

Maxwell Shane (additional dialogue)

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... producer
 
Original Music by
Paul Sawtell 
 
Cinematography by
Charles Lawton Jr. 
 
Film Editing by
Gene Havlick 
 
Art Direction by
George Brooks 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle 
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sam Nelson .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Ray Cory .... photographer: second unit
 
Other crew
David Breen .... assistant to producer
Francis Cugat .... technicolor color consultant
 
Crew believed to be complete


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77 min
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Color (Technicolor)
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Quotes:
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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Soundtrack:
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Dana Andrews' other anti-lynching movie, 14 May 2010
Author: gerdeen-1 from United States

"The Ox-Bow Incident," a tragedy about lynching in the Old West, helped make Dana Andrews a star. "Three Hours to Kill," a little Western mystery he made after his stardom cooled, is not nearly as grim (or as good), but it is fairly gritty and it holds your interest.

Andrews plays a cowboy who's framed for murder and almost lynched. He escapes with only a rope burn on his neck thanks to the help of his true love, played by Donna Reed. A few years later, as a fugitive, he returns to town to solve the crime and clear his name -- and he gets three hours to do it. (The circumstances of this are a bit complicated.)

Things become really tricky when the former sweethearts cross paths again. It turns out they've got serious issues, the kind that were not often addressed in "B" Westerns in the 1950s.

"Three Hours" is pleasingly fast-paced, wrapping up in well under half the time in the title. It keeps you guessing, which is the most important job of a whodunit, and it even has a couple of surprises after the mystery is solved. Not great, but good if you have a little time of your own to kill.

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