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Set in the early 1880s, this is the story of one of the last buffalo hunts in the Northwest. Sandy McKinzie is tired of hunting buffalo, and tired of killing-Charley on the other hand ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Charlie Gilson
Indian girl
Jimmy O'Brien
Constance Ford ...
Joe De Santis ...
Ed Black
Ainslie Pryor ...
Buffalo hunter #1
Ralph Moody ...
Indian agent
Fred Graham ...
Ed Lonehill ...
Spotted Hand


Set in the early 1880s, this is the story of one of the last buffalo hunts in the Northwest. Sandy McKinzie is tired of hunting buffalo, and tired of killing-Charley on the other hand relishes the hunt and enjoys killing buffalo and Indians. When Charley kills an Indian raiding party, and takes their squaw as his own, tension develops between the two hunters, and matters will only be settled in a showdown. Written by Buxx Banner <>

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Thundering Hoofs and Violent Men...and the Captive Indian Beauty Who Learned to Love as Hard as She Hated! See more »




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Release Date:

18 July 1956 (Portugal)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Caçada  »

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| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The film's premiere was at the State Theatre in Sioux Falls, SD on February 16, 1956. Russ Tamblyn and his wife Venetia Stevenson (whom he'd married on February 14th) were in attendance. See more »


Jimmy: Mr. Woodfoot, how come Charley hates Indians so much?
Woodfoot: Now that's a good question, my boy. It's kinda funny, you know? Charley beats his horse, just like an Indian. Charley's free with his women, just like an Indian. Charley even blows his nose on his fingers, just like an Indian. I just don't get it.
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Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.6 (1955) See more »

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A mature, realistic view of the bitter end of the 'Old West.'
23 November 1998 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

Have no illusions, this IS a morality story. Granger is the troubled ex-buffalo hunter, tempted back to the plains one more time by kill-crazed Taylor. Granger can see the end is near, and feels deeply for the cost of the hunt-on the herds, the Indians and the land itself. Taylor, on the other hand admittedly equates killing buffalo, or Indians to 'being with a woman.' While Granger's role of the tortured hunter is superb, it's Taylor who steals the show, as the demented, immoral 'everyman' out for the fast buck and the goodtimes. There's not a lot of bang-bang here, but the story moves along quickly, and we are treated to a fine character performance by Nolan. The theme of this story is just as poignant today, as in the 1800s-man's relationship to the land and what's on it, and racism. Considering when this was made, the Censors must have been wringing their hankies during the scenes in the 'bawdy house', Taylor's relationship with the squaw, and much of the dialogue. Although downbeat, this is truly a great western picture.

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