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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)

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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:
Marshal Matt Morgan
Craig Belden
Rick Belden
Brian G. Hutton ...
Lee Smithers (as Brian Hutton)
Ziva Rodann ...
Catherine Morgan
Steve, Horseshoe Bartender'
Walter Sande ...
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 <>

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Release Date:

3 November 1959 (Japan)  »

Also Known As:

Last Train from Harper's Junction  »

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1.85 : 1
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During the final shootout, Morgan was supposed to beat Smithers to the draw. however, the actor playing Smithers, Brian g. Hutton kept beating Douglass to the draw. finally it was decided the Douglas should be holding a shotgun thereby ending that argument. afterwards Douglas remarks can you imagine that Up start beating me to the draw?., Anthony Quinn said, "don't worry about it Kirk will get him in the editing room." See more »


When Linda changes clothes, a white strap suddenly appears then disappears on her left shoulder. See more »


Harper House Desk Clerk: [indignantly] You're breakin' the law!
Marshal Matt Morgan: [angrily] I AM the law!
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Rock solid classic Western.
28 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie took me by surprise as one of the more effective revenge capers I've seen in quite awhile. It's really much more than a simple revenge movie, but it opens with an offense so outrageous, one could never rest without seeing the scoundrel put to justice. That seems like a very unlikely prospect for most of the film's running length.

The central theme is the classic Western notion of one man representing pure good stubbornly standing fast against overwhelming odds. Last Train combines the brainy suspense of 3:10 to Yuma and the provocative paranoia of High Noon, with a healthy serving of melodrama.

Kirk Douglas may not be as prominent as John Wayne or Clint Eastwood but his work here equals their best. He is extremely grim and convincing as the mightily offended protagonist. Anthony Quinn maintains his usual formidable presence as the heavyweight opponent.

If you're exploring the great Westerns or just looking for a good suspense thriller, this one is excellent.

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