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The Last Wagon (1956)

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Complete credited cast:
Comanche Todd
Jolie Normand
Stephanie Griffin ...
Valinda Normand
Ray Stricklyn ...
Nick Adams ...
Carl Benton Reid ...
Gen. Howard
Douglas Kennedy ...
George Mathews ...
Lt. Kelly


When a handful of settlers survive an Apache attack on their wagon train they must put their lives into the hands of Comanche Todd, a white man who has lived with the Comanches most of his life and is wanted for the murder of three men. Written by A.L.Beneteau <>

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ROMANTIC WESTERN ADVENTURE! (original print ad - all caps)


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Release Date:

21 September 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Wagen  »

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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Average Shot Length = ~6.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.1 seconds. Both values are fast for a reasonably early CinemaScope film. See more »


Just before The End title comes up you can see the shadow of the camera crew as Todd rides off. See more »


Sheriff Bull Harper: On foot through Apache country without no gun.
Cole Harper: Yeah.
Sheriff Bull Harper: This is his third day without food or water. I'm going to tell one and all that Commanche Todd was the bravest man I ever hung.
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Save the children
16 July 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Last Wagon is a film with some good intentions and some very good moments, but it could have been a whole lot better.

A really brutal sheriff played by George Matthews brings a prisoner in to a small wagon train. By his manner he puts off a whole lot of the wagon train member. They start having some sympathy with prisoner Richard Widmark.

When some of the young people of the train go off and frolic in a midnight swim, they return and find the Apaches have massacred the train except for one survivor. Widmark survived by a fluke I won't reveal.

Widmark's a white man who lived with the Comanches and he's the only one who might insure the survival of the rest. Reluctantly they trust him and the adventure begins.

Widmark's is the only really developed character in The Last Wagon, the rest have some strange motivations and attitudes that are not fully explained. Still their are some exciting sequences in the film and it can be enjoyed on that level.

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