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Last Train from Gun Hill -- 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.


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Les Crutchfield (story)
James Poe (screenplay)
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Release Date:
3 November 1959 (Japan) See more »
The fiery brilliance of 8 great stars ! See more »
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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a very fine western in due to its mounting complex look at justice and star power See more (63 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Kirk Douglas ... Marshal Matt Morgan

Anthony Quinn ... Craig Belden

Carolyn Jones ... Linda

Earl Holliman ... Rick Belden

Brad Dexter ... Beero
Brian G. Hutton ... Lee Smithers (as Brian Hutton)
Ziva Rodann ... Catherine Morgan

Bing Russell ... Skag

Val Avery ... Steve, Horseshoe Bartender'

Walter Sande ... Sheriff Bartlett
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eric Alden ... Craig's Man (uncredited)

John Anderson ... Salesman in Horseshoe (uncredited)
Emile Avery ... Townsman (uncredited)
Michael Bachus ... Townsmen (uncredited)
Kenneth Becker ... Cowboy (uncredited)

William 'Billy' Benedict ... Small Man in Horseshoe (uncredited)
Nick Borgani ... Townsman (uncredited)

Chet Brandenburg ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Frank Carter ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Fred Coby ... Luke (uncredited)
Russell Custer ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Vera Denham ... Townswoman (uncredited)

Dabbs Greer ... Deputy Andy (uncredited)

Frank Hagney ... Craig's Man Waiting in Horseshoe (uncredited)

Ty Hardin ... Cowboy Loafer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Townsman (uncredited)
Rusty Havens ... Boy (uncredited)
Dick Haynes ... Townsmen (uncredited)
Lars Henderson ... Petey Morgan (uncredited)
Len Hendry ... Man in Harper House Lobby (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Townsman (uncredited)
Ricky Kelman ... Boy (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Departing Train Passenger (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)

Ethan Laidlaw ... Saloon Patron (uncredited)
Kim Leslie ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Baron James Lichter ... (uncredited)
Jack Lomas ... Charlie (uncredited)
Mara Lynn ... Minnie (uncredited)
Mike Mahoney ... Drummer on Train (uncredited)
Hank Mann ... Storekeeper (uncredited)
Raymond A. McWalters ... Wounded Gunman (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
King Mojave ... Townsman (uncredited)
William Newell ... Harper House Clerk (uncredited)
Alan Roberts ... Boy (uncredited)

Mark Roberts ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Tony Russel ... Pinto (uncredited)
Carl Saxe ... Craig's Man (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Saloon Dealer (uncredited)
Court Shepard ... Cowboy (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Henchman (uncredited)

Charles Stevens ... Keno (uncredited)
Dante Charles Stradella ... Townsman (uncredited)

Glenn Strange ... Gun Hill Bouncer (uncredited)
Julius Tannen ... Horseshoe Cleaning Man (uncredited)
Harriette Tarler ... Townswoman (uncredited)
Sid Tomack ... Roomer (uncredited)
Jack Tornek ... Barfly (uncredited)
Robin Warga ... Boy (uncredited)
Henry Wills ... Jake (uncredited)

Directed by
John Sturges 
Writing credits
Les Crutchfield (story "Showdown")

James Poe (screenplay)

Produced by
Paul Nathan .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... producer
Kirk Douglas .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Dimitri Tiomkin 
Cinematography by
Charles Lang  (as Charles Lang Jr.)
Casting by
Edward R. Morse (uncredited)
Art Direction by
Hal Pereira 
Walter H. Tyler  (as Walter Tyler)
Set Decoration by
Sam Comer 
Ray Moyer 
Costume Design by
Edith Head 
Makeup Department
Nellie Manley .... hair styles supervisor
Wally Westmore .... makeup supervisor
Hedy Mjorud .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Harry Ray .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Frank Westmore .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Richard Blaydon .... unit production manager (uncredited)
Frank Caffey .... production manager (uncredited)
Curtis Mick .... assistant production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael D. Moore .... assistant director (as D. Michael Moore)
Lloyd Allen .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Ralph Axness .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Daniel McCauley .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Romaine Birkmeyer .... prop buyer (uncredited)
Cline Jones .... prop buyer (uncredited)
Gene Lauritzen .... construction coordinator (uncredited)
Robert McCrellis .... props (uncredited)
Dwight Thompson .... props (uncredited)
Dee Turner .... stand-by painter (uncredited)
Sound Department
Winston H. Leverett .... sound recordist (as Winston Leverett)
Harold Lewis .... sound recordist
R.D. Cook .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Nick Gerolimates .... sound cableman (uncredited)
Hayden Hohstadt .... mike grip (uncredited)
Bud Parman .... boom operator (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Farciot Edouart .... process photography
John P. Fulton .... special photographic effects
Eric Alden .... stunts (uncredited)
Polly Burson .... stunt double: Ziva Rodann (uncredited)
Fred Carson .... stunt double (uncredited)
Ann Duncan .... stunt double: Lars Henderson, Jr. (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin .... stunts (uncredited)
Erwin Neal .... stunt double: Brian Hutton (uncredited)
Carl Saxe .... stunts (uncredited)
Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Guy Bennett .... camera operator (uncredited)
Mal Bulloch .... still photographer (uncredited)
Howard Cashion .... camera mechanic (uncredited)
William Collins .... grip (uncredited)
Ed Crowder .... grip (uncredited)
Pat Drew .... gaffer (uncredited)
Frank Dugas .... camera operator (uncredited)
Bud Fraker .... still photographer (uncredited)
Cecil Gardiner .... grip (uncredited)
Archie Gardner .... grip (uncredited)
James Grant .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
James Hawley .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Warren Hoag .... best boy (uncredited)
W. Wallace Kelley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Thomas E. 'Pep' Lee .... electrician (uncredited)
Rollie Lilly .... grip (uncredited)
Kyme Meade .... camera operator (uncredited)
Terry K. Meade .... loader (uncredited)
Lorne Netten .... electrician (uncredited)
Dave Perry .... electrician (uncredited)
Joe Schuster .... electrician (uncredited)
Dominic Seminerio .... grip (uncredited)
Walter Sullivan .... generator operator (uncredited)
Paul Uhl .... camera operator (uncredited)
Edward Wahrman .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Herb Welts .... grip (uncredited)
Casting Department
William Cowitt .... casting (uncredited)
Bill Greenwald .... casting (uncredited)
Alice Moriarty .... casting secretary (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
John A. Anderson .... costumes: men (uncredited)
Bud Clark .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Grace Harris .... costumes: women (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Warren Low .... editorial supervisor
Music Department
Dimitri Tiomkin .... conductor
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Manuel Emanuel .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Michael Heindorf .... orchestrator (uncredited)
George Parrish .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Herbert Taylor .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Transportation Department
Al Latta .... transportation (uncredited)
L.D. McKnight .... transportation (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Mueller .... technicolor color consultant
Bill Gray .... location auditor (uncredited)
Bill Hurley .... livestock (uncredited)
Bob Miles .... wrangler (uncredited)
Richard Rabis .... craft service (uncredited)
Pedro Regaldo .... staff (uncredited)
Jack Saper .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
Art Sarno .... publicist (uncredited)
Manuel Vasquez .... staff (uncredited)
Marvin Weldon .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew verified as complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"One Angry Day" - USA (alternative title)
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95 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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 »
Continuity: On its way to Gun Hill, the train has four cars. By the time it reaches the station, there are only two, and the baggage car is a different one than before.See more »
Linda, Craig's Girl:Oh, and if any of the girls try and tell you how wonderful you are, don't believe them. I know. I used to deal there.
[she gets up]
Linda, Craig's Girl:Just like Jimmy - stobborn as a mule!
Marshal Matt Morgan:Next time you see Jimmy, say hello. We seem to have a lotr in common.
Linda, Craig's Girl:Maybe more than you know. He's dead!
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Movie Connections:
Remade as Bhavani Junction (1985)See more »


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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
a very fine western in due to its mounting complex look at justice and star power, 26 August 2007
Author: MisterWhiplash from United States

Last Train from Gun Hill has the star power to help back up a storyline that is, on the surface, seemingly too straightforward: a Marshall (Kirk Douglas) finds that his wife has been killed. When he finds out that it is the son of a cattle baron (Anthony Quinn), despite his old friendship with the baron, he decides to bring the son to justice, holding him by gunpoint in the town hotel until the train comes to take them off to jail- while the baron has his men outside with their guns poised. There's a touchy element to who the son (played as a snidely little kid in Earl Holliman) killed, which was that the Marshall's wife was a Native American. But more impressive in the script, and through John Sturges's steadfast professionalism, is how there's the tension between law and the personal, the immediate draw of a gun draw to solve anything, and the bitterness of real vengeance (watch Douglas's Marshall tell Rick about how he'll be the only one to hear his own brain cry out as he hangs dying, perfectly acted).

Although it's likely that Douglas and Sturges were in or made better westerns, this is the kind of work that doesn't age in much a way that cheapens the questions poised or the invigorating style. It's a fairly violent film too, with a couple of deaths by the train tracks at night all the more effective from the taunting build-up and the pay-off in one shotgun fired off, and always the threat much more tension-filled than the result. Granted, when a big fire ends up happening, it looks very much like it's on a sound-stage and without a whole lot of suspense (save for the typical but strong 'who will get the gun first' moment between the Marshall and Rick in the bedroom), but it's the ambiance of the characters, the dread over this dangerous mix of volatile father and townsman- a better than average Quinn without being too hammy- and a good man driven to vengeance in bad-ass Douglas, and the determined woman (Carolyn Jones) that makes it so compelling. There's even a slight feeling of unpredictability in the situation- in a town where reputation trumps what is good and decent, but also where emotions run high as can be, the stakes are high for chance.

By the very end it feels like it should be more formulaic, and there are bits where the dialog does come off as brawny ol' western genre jargon (look simply at some of the quotes on the IMDb page as example). But if you happen to come across it on TV one Sunday afternoon, as I did, it's worth the time to sit and get absorbed by a well done star vehicle.

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