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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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After three years on the run, Jim Guthrie returns with the scar of a rope burn on his neck. In flashback... See more » | Add synopsis »
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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)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

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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The Rope Burn Scar To Prove It., 15 July 2014
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Three Hours To Kill casts Dana Andrews as a man on the run for the murder of Richard Webb which he did not do, but for which he was nearly lynched. Andrews has the rope burn scar to prove it.

Four old friends of his who also knew the victim were the ones yelling loudest for the lynching. Andrews zeroes in on them for the answers. There's also saloon girl Dianne Foster who has a thing for Dana and the sister of Richard Webb who was violently opposed to her marrying Andrews who is played by Donna Reed fresh from her Oscar win for From Here To Eternity.

This western plays like a noir mystery even though it's set in the wide open spaces. Andrews is one grim western hero and hardly the role model for a cowboy hero. Still in the end he solves the mystery and he does it when all four of those he seeks are brought into the saloon and compare notes. All could not have been more neatly revealed by Hercule Poirot himself.

One of Dana's best films.

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