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The Last Frontier (1955)

Approved | | History, Romance, Western | 1955 (UK)
Crude and uncivilized backwoods trapper Jed Cooper and his two partners sign up as scouts in a remote Oregon army fort, manned chiefly by untrained rookie soldiers. Jed, flirting with the ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Jed Cooper
Captain Glenn Riordan
Col. Frank Marston
Corinna Marston
Captain Phil Clarke
Peter Whitney ...
Sergeant Major Decker
Pat Hogan ...


Crude and uncivilized backwoods trapper Jed Cooper and his two partners sign up as scouts in a remote Oregon army fort, manned chiefly by untrained rookie soldiers. Jed, flirting with the idea of leading a more settled life, decides he needs a woman to start the process, and selects Corinna Marston, the beautiful young wife of Colonel Marston, commander of the next fort down the line. Marston arrives and announces to commanding officer Captain Riordan that he has lost his fort and most of his men to an Indian attack and that he, as ranking officer, is assuming command. Riordan, a young, but sensible officer, is outraged when he learns that Marston, posted out west for having lost his 1500-man command during a Civil War battle, has ordered the entire fort's complement, totally unprepared for combat and outnumbered, to march out against experienced Indian warriors. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Savage Wilderness  »

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James Whitmore plays Victor Mature's father figure, and helped raise him, in the film, despite the fact that Mature was actually eight years older than Whitmore. See more »


The Colonel takes over the Captain's command without any orders after he loses his own. The Captain even mentions it once, but is casually dismissed by the Colonel since he is the Captain's superior officer. It has never worked that way in the Army, a superior officer cannot take over a junior officer's command without official orders, and if he tries to, the junior officer and his staff have every right to place the superior officer under arrest, especially if he endangers the entire command (and given that the Colonel has twice lost entire commands, this is not an unrealistic danger). See more »


Col. Frank Marston: [after being saved from the bear trap by Jed] She wouldn't let you do it, would she?
Jed Cooper: You're lucky, that's all.
Col. Frank Marston: Luck had nothing to do with it. I know my wife pretty well. She's a fine person.
Jed Cooper: Fine people can make mistakes too.
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Do They Miss Me at Home
Music by S.M. Grannis
Lyrics by Mrs. Caroline A. Mason
Sung by the soldiers at Fort Shallan
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a very underrated western
4 May 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this western. Victor Mature played a good part. The scenery Is fantastic. I listened with headphones on because I discovered the soundtrack Is stereo- quite something for a western In 1955! Ann Bancroft looks nothing like she looked In the Graduate no where near as sexy! This western Is not run of the mill at all, most of the scenes are Inside a military fort or shot on location. Mature Is a trapper turned military scout trying to prevent a glory-mad Colonel from attacking the Indians as It would mean a massacre of the whole fort. Robert Preston plays the colonel who Is constantly at loggerheads with Mature. All in all a very entertaining western.

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