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12 July 1956 (USA) See more »
WHAT HAPPENS in the next few minutes makes one of the most dramatic climaxes of any story you've ever seen!
In the western frontier town of Cross Creek storekeeper George Temple is a polite and soft spoken man with a secret past.When three bank robbers on the lam stop in town to change horses George Temple's past comes back to haunt him. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Glenn Ford ... George Temple / George Kelby, Jr.

Jeanne Crain ... Dora Temple

Broderick Crawford ... Vinnie Harold

Russ Tamblyn ... Eric Doolittle
Allyn Joslyn ... Harvey Maxwell

Leif Erickson ... Lou Glover

John Dehner ... Taylor Swope

Noah Beery Jr. ... Dink Wells (as Noah Beery)
J.M. Kerrigan ... Kevin McGovern

Rhys Williams ... Brian Tibbs

Virginia Gregg ... Rose Tibbs
Chubby Johnson ... Frank Stringer

John Doucette ... Ben Buddy
William 'Bill' Phillips ... Lars Toomey
Christopher Olsen ... Bobby Tibbs (as Chris Olsen)
Paul Birch ... Sheriff Bill Toledo (Yellowfork)
Florenz Ames ... Joe Fenwick
Joseph Sweeney ... Reverend
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Walter Baldwin ... Blind Man (uncredited)
Ray Bennett ... (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Townsman (uncredited)
Don Burnett ... Fred Fenwick (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Jim Drews (uncredited)
John Cliff ... Swamper (uncredited)
Harry Cody ... Customer (uncredited)

G. Pat Collins ... Josh Wilson (uncredited)
Walter Coy ... Clint Fallon (uncredited)
Richard H. Cutting ... Cross Creek Accordianist (uncredited)
George DeNormand ... Silver Rapids Deputy (uncredited)
John Dierkes ... Walter Hutchins (uncredited)
Michael Dugan ... Clement Farley (uncredited)
Harvey B. Dunn ... Teller (uncredited)
Betty Farrington ... Grace Fenwick (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Silver Rapids Townsman (uncredited)
Eddy Grove ... Young Customer (uncredited)
John Halloran ... (uncredited)
Louis Jean Heydt ... Myron Spink (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Medicine Man (uncredited)
Vivi Janiss ... Mabel Brown (uncredited)
Ray Jones ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Silver Rapids Townsman (uncredited)
Ann Kunde ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Janet Lake ... Theresa Barton (uncredited)
Luana Lee ... Lois Fenwick (uncredited)
Mitchell Lewis ... Tucker Eddy (uncredited)
Florence MacAfee ... (uncredited)
Kenneth MacDonald ... Roebel (uncredited)
Kermit Maynard ... Silver Rapids Deputy (uncredited)
Owen McGiveney ... Sam Griggs (uncredited)
John McKee ... Deputy (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... (uncredited)

J. Pat O'Malley ... Cross Creek Townsman (uncredited)
Susan Odin ... Jennie Hutchins (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Rancher (uncredited)
Dayton Osmond ... Pat Brown (uncredited)
Carl Pitti ... Earl Held (uncredited)
Addison Richards ... Doc Jennings (uncredited)
Robert Robinson ... Townsman in Bank (uncredited)
Buddy Roosevelt ... Barfly (uncredited)
Audrey Saunders ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)
Ray Saunders ... Acrobatic Dancer (uncredited)

George Selk ... Doctor (uncredited)
Glenn Strange ... Sheriff in Silver Rapids (uncredited)

Dub Taylor ... Nolan Brown (uncredited)
Jeri Weil ... Linda Hutchins (uncredited)
Jeane Wood ... Mrs. Buddy (uncredited)

Directed by
Russell Rouse 
Writing credits
Frank D. Gilroy (screenplay) and
Russell Rouse (screenplay)

Frank D. Gilroy (story "The Last Notch")

Produced by
Clarence Greene .... producer
Original Music by
André Previn 
Cinematography by
George J. Folsey 
Film Editing by
Harry V. Knapp 
Ferris Webster 
Art Direction by
Cedric Gibbons 
Merrill Pye 
Set Decoration by
Fred M. MacLean  (as Fred MacLean)
Edwin B. Willis 
Costume Design by
Walter Plunkett (uncredited)
Makeup Department
William Tuttle .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Freeman .... assistant director
Carl 'Major' Roup .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Frank Wesselhoff .... painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Wesley C. Miller .... recording supervisor (as Dr. Wesley C. Miller)
Scott Perry Sr. .... sound editor (uncredited)
Carl Pitti .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
Music Department
Alex Alexander .... musician: cello (uncredited)
Robert Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Wally Heglin .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Virginia Majewski .... musician: viola (uncredited)
Jack Marshall .... musician: guitar (uncredited)
André Previn .... conductor (uncredited)
Max Rabinowitz .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Uan Rasey .... musician: trumpet (uncredited)
Milton Raskin .... musician: piano (uncredited)
Si Zentner .... musician: trombone (uncredited)
Other crew
Alex Romero .... choreographer
Grace Dubray .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Also Known As:
89 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:
Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)
Argentina:13 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:14 (original rating) (1956) | USA:Approved (certificate #17971) | West Germany:12 (nf)

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Factual errors: Both the tombstones of Harrold and Kelby are dated November 7, 1889. This is just after church and after the gunfight. November 7 1889 was on a Thursday not a Sunday.See more »
[first lines]
Vinnie Harold:I'm lookin' for Fallon.
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11 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Smarter than one would expect from its title, 25 December 2002
Author: tim777ca

Unjustly neglected by most critics, this is definitely the best Glenn Ford Western and one of the top ten Westerns in film history. The unpredictable plot twist and surprising finale make it surpass Glenn's other great Western, 3:10 TO YUMA.

Glenn Ford, as a store keeper in a small town, claims to the townspeople that he is the fastest gun alive, yet he "never draws his gun against anybody," as he later says so in the church. It seems that he has an ego problem of wanting to be someone important and dislike to be look down by others.

This flawed character is much more flesh and blood than any Western hero I can recall, including that self-righteous marshal (Gary Cooper) in HIGH NOON and wooden Alan Ladd in SHANE.

Broderick Crawford's villain character is not so satisfying, as he remains ruthless and easy to lose his temper throughout the film. There are other ways to show how tough and vicious he is instead of shouting at people all the time. I like John Dehner's performance better by comparison. Although a minor villain, he plays it with more depth.

Jeanne Crain's wife role isn't very rich, she has barely another facial expression except miserable. Russ Tamblyn's solo dance number in the farm party shows the other side of town life, but the writer could give him more important jobs in the story. Anyway, the direction is tight and Glenn Ford is simply remarkable!

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