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The Last Challenge (1967)

Approved | | Western | 15 September 1967 (Japan)
A deadly gunslinger travels to a town to shoot it out with a famed gunslinger turned lawman in a small town.

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In 1877, Dan Blaine is the Marshal of the Southwestern town of Suwora. Blaine is a former gunfighter who served 10 years in prison for bank and stagecoach robbery. However, he went straight and became a Marshal. He also is one of the fastest draws in the territory. His reputation attracts the occasional youngster who wants to make a name for himself by outdrawing and killing Blaine. Lot McGuire is such a young man. He's riding to Suwora to challenge Marshal Blaine to a gunfight. Lot McGuire is fast and he thinks he can outdraw the famous Marshal. The irony of fate brings the two men in contact at a fishing spot outside the town. There, on the banks of the river, they become friends, share a meal and exchange stories. Young McGuire reveals his intentions to Blaine who, in turn, reveals to McGuire the fact that he is the town Marshal. McGuire thanks Blaine for the meal but is determined to challenge Blaine to a gunfight. McGuire leaves the river bank camp promising to kill Blaine. The ... Written by nufs68

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The final film of veteran director Richard Thorpe. See more »

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After Marshal Dan Blaine unties Ernest Scarnes and sends him on his way, they both ride off in different directions, but the sun casts a shadow on each one's left side. See more »

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Marshal Dan Blaine: He was a no good drifter. He'd steal the pennies off a dead man's eyes.
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Referenced in Password All-Stars: Episode dated 25 November 1966 (1966) See more »

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The Adult western has arrived
14 August 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

With elements of the TV western Gunsmoke and the film High Noon in it, The Last Challenge is a worthy addition to the western genre. All the players involved have done westerns before and look very comfortable in their roles.

Glenn Ford is the town marshal and the fastest draw in these here parts and when you're the former, it sure helps if you're the latter. He's got a gal pal in Angie Dickinson who's a combination of Miss Kitty and oddly enough Grace Kelly in High Noon. Because oddly enough a confident young gun hand played by Chad Everett has come to town and he's got Angie worried.

Let's just say that Angie makes a move that Kitty would never even contemplate insofar as Matt Dillon was concerned. It costs her big time.

The western as an adult theme arrived in this film because we have a scene with Glenn and Angie sleeping in a big double bed. We never got to Ms. Kitty's bedroom in Gunsmoke and a scene of a man and woman in the same bed was something never contemplated in the past. Not even that very married couple Roy Rogers and Dale Evans would have heard of such a thing.

What happens with Glenn and Chad. You have to watch the film to find out. But I will say you'll see an ending very much influenced by High Noon.


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