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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)

A marshal tries to bring the son of an old friend, an autocratic cattle baron, to justice for the rape and murder of his wife.



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Complete credited cast:
Craig Belden
Rick Belden
Brian G. Hutton ...
Lee Smithers (as Brian Hutton)
Catherine Morgan
Steve, Horseshoe Bartender'
Sheriff Bartlett


The wife of marshal Matt Morgan is raped and murdered. The killers leave behind a distinctive saddle, that Morgan recognises as belonging to his old friend Craig Belden, now cattle baron in the town of Gun Hill. Belden is sympathetic, until it transpires that one of the murderers is his own son Rick, whom he refuses to hand over. Morgan is determined to capture Rick and take him away by the 9.00 train; but he is trapped in the town alone, with Belden and all his men now looking to kill him. Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Release Date:

23 October 1959 (Ireland)  »

Also Known As:

Last Train from Harper's Junction  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


For the sequences showing the train in Gun Hill, Paramount installed 600 feet of track snaking in and around their western street located at their Hollywood studio. At one point the steam engine traveled right under the window of Paramount chief executive Y. Frank Freeman who protested so much about the resulting noise that the tracks had to be moved. See more »


The train that Morgan takes to Gun Hill is seen to go round the same corner twice, once at night and once during the day. See more »


Harper House Desk Clerk: [indignantly] You're breakin' the law!
Marshal Matt Morgan: [angrily] I AM the law!
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Remade as Bhavani Junction (1985) See more »

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An Underrated Classic
24 June 2004 | by (Atlanta, Georgia) – See all my reviews

John Sturges a number of the best movies ever made - The Great Escape, The Gunfight at O.K. Corral, the Magnificent Seven, and here is a great movie he made that doesn't get mentioned with the all-time greats as it should.

Kirk Douglas is outstanding as the uncompromising sheriff on a mission of revenge when his Native American wife is killed by the spoiled son of a lifelong friend. Anthony Quinn is excellent as the hardbitten rancher who respects Douglas' character more than anybody (and whose life he saved in their youth), but who behaves one as a protective father, and two as a man who is rich and powerful, and used to getting what he wants. Carolyn Jones is also great as a woman caught in the middle of the two men.

No cop-outs, no easily resolutions. Just a great movie with a great cast.

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