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The Last Sunset (1961)

Approved | | Drama, Romance, Western | 14 June 1961 (USA)
At a Mexican ranch, fugitive O'Malley and pursuing Sheriff Stribling agree to help rancher Breckenridge drive his herd into Texas where Stribling could legally arrest O'Malley, but Breckenridge's wife complicates things.



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Brendan O'Malley arrives at the Mexican home of old flame Belle Breckenridge to find her married to a drunkard getting ready for a cattle drive to Texas. Hot on O'Malley's heels is lawman Dana Stribling who has a personal reason for getting him back into his jurisdiction. Both men join Breckenridge and his wife on the drive. As they near Texas tensions mount, not least because Stribling is starting to court Belle and O'Malley is increasingly drawn by her daughter Missy. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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When giants clash, a woman trembles!


Drama | Romance | Western


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Release Date:

14 June 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Sundown at Crazy Horse  »


Box Office


$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Westrex Recording System)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Among some of the more ludicrous titles that Universal proposed for the film were "The Magnificent Two", "The Majestic Brutes", "Seething Guns", "The Fuel and the Fire", "Two to Make Hate", "Death is My Middle Name", and "Appointment with a Dead Sun". See more »


The depth of of the quicksand on Stribling's horse varies between shots. See more »


Belle Breckenridge: To me, it always seems like it's the women who keep on living. Men kill or get killed and women bury them. We're professional survivors.
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Referenced in Tú y yo somos tres (1962) See more »


Pretty Little Girl In The Yellow Dress
Music - Dimitri Tiomkin
Lyric - Ned Washington
Performed by Kirk Douglas (uncredited)
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Decent western
19 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

The Last Sunset is an interesting western that is more story driven than many earlier westerns. A fugitive and a lawman chasing him join a cattle drive and take an interest in a woman and her daughter.

Although a bit too plodding in places, there are enough surprises throughout the film to make this a less predictable film than many of it's contemporaries. It all builds towards a surprising and welcome ending.

Kirk Douglas is at his captivating best as the anti-hero. He easily outshines Rock Hudson but to be fair his character is far more interesting. Good support is provided by Dorothy Malone and I thought Carol Lynley did a good job as the daughter.

With a more energetic script this really could have been a great western and it's a shame that despite the great final scenes, it is merely above average. Saying that it's still worth watching for fans of the western genre.

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