Deprived of a normal childhood by her ambitious mother, Katie, Lillian Roth becomes a star of Broadway and Hollywood before she is twenty. Shortly before her marriage to her childhood ... See full summary »
During the Texas War of Independence of 1836 American frontiersman and pioneer Jim Bowie pleads for caution with the rebellious Texicans.They don't heed his advice since he's a Mexican citizen,married to the daughter of the Mexican vice-governor of the province and a friend to General Santa Anna since the days they had fought together for Mexico's independence.After serving as president for 22 years,Santa Anna has become too powerful and arrogant.He rules Mexico with an iron fist and he would not allow Texas to self-govern.Bowie sides with the Texans in their bid for independence and urges a cautious strategy,given Santa Anna's power and cunning.Despite the disagreement between the Texicans and Bowie regarding the right strategy they ask Bowie to lead them in a last ditch stand, at Alamo, against General Santa Anna's numerically superior forces. Written by
This film was produced after an argument erupted between John Wayne and Republic's founder, Herbert J. Yates, over Wayne's desire to star in and direct his own version of the battle at the Alamo. Wayne and Yates, who used to talk regularly, never spoke to each other again. Ironically, when Wayne returned to Bracketvillle, TX--where this film was shot--five years later to make his own version of it, The Alamo (1960), he used many of the still-standing sets that were used in this film. See more »
Davy Crockett's name was David Crockett. His nickname seems to have been applied retroactively. The Wikipedia article shows an advertisement for a clipper ship in Coleman's California Line named "David Crockett". The Crockett figure in the ad is also incorrectly shown as unshaven. See more »
Studio politics prevented John Wayne from getting the role he coveted.Wayne would have to wait nearly a decade before he would put his own vision of the Alamo on the silver screen. The film is magnificent and told remarkable for its era (a) with a recognition that Mr Bowie having married into the Mexican elite had become an assimilato, a naturalized Mexicano, (b) with sympathy for the Mexican viewpoint and (c) with respect for General Santa Ana.
The Travis of this version is not nearly the superbly arrogant martinet of the Wayne film nor the dummy who matures in combat of the more recent edition.
Regrettably unlike the Wayne film, this version omits the heroine of the story who knitted the Alamo flag-- the Mexican tricolor with the legend 1824 for the liberal constitution for which the Texans fought. Cut off by the Mexicans, the Alamo defenders would never have known of the declaration of independence or the adoption of the Lone Star flag.
Yet as the story of heroism against the odds, Last Command is first rate.
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