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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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Sound Mix:

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Marshal Matt Morgan: Isn't there anybody in this town that's not afraid of Craig Belden?
Steve, Horseshoe Bartender': Sure! Graveyard's full of them!
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A great , underrated classic western
10 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I just saw this film recently on cable and was reminded of how well made it was. I'm a fan of the late director John Sturges' work and I own both "The Magnificent Seven" & "The Great Escape" on DVD. "Last Train from Gun Hill" does'nt get the same mention along with the well deserved recognition of these other films of the director. I'd rank it among the best classic westerns of the 50's & 60's period of great Hollywood movies. The story benefits from starring two great actors in Kirk Douglas and the late Anthony Quinn. Earl Holliman showed great promise in an early role as the spoiled rotten son of Mr. Belden. I'm surprised that he did not become a bigger star as a character actor throughout his career. And the late Carolyn Jones turned in a strong performance too as Linda. Definitely up there in the same ranking of great classic westerns and one of the best efforts of John Sturges. I will buy this DVD as well to add to my movie library! Lorenzo the tbirdman

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