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Three Hours to Kill (1954)

Approved | | Action, Drama, Mystery | 4 November 1954 (USA)
Framed for murder, Jim Guthrie barely escapes lynching by the town mob, becomes a wanted fugitive for three years but returns to find the real killer.

Director:

Alfred L. Werker (as Alfred Werker)

Writers:

Richard Alan Simmons (screen play), Roy Huggins (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Dana Andrews ... Jim Guthrie
Donna Reed ... Laurie Mastin
Dianne Foster ... Chris Palmer
Stephen Elliott Stephen Elliott ... Sheriff Ben East
Richard Coogan ... Niles Hendricks
Laurence Hugo Laurence Hugo ... Marty Lasswell
James Westerfield ... Sam Minor
Richard Webb ... Carter Mastin
Carolyn Jones ... Polly
Charlotte Fletcher Charlotte Fletcher ... Betty
Whit Bissell ... Deke
Felipe Turich Felipe Turich ... Esteban
Arthur Fox Arthur Fox ... Little Carter
Francis McDonald ... Deputy Vince
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Storyline

Jim Guthrie (Dana Andrews) is a fugitive who has been run out of town after being nearly lynched for the murder of a man he did not kill. He returns, bearing the physical and mental scars of his experience, determine to clear his name. The would-be-lynchers , fearing that Guthrie will exact some kind of revenge for their anti-social treatment to him, set out to get him before he gets them. Laurie Mastin (Donna Reed) is the pregnant girl he left behind who marries another man, and Chris Palmer (Diane Foster) is the girl Guthrie takes with him after the real killer has been identified and harshly dealt with. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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fugitive | three | hour | wanted | mob | See All (83) »

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The Man With The Rope Scar ON HIS NECK!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gunslinger See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious. and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

After Guthrie disarms the arresting Marshal and takes his horse to ride back into town, he arrives on a totally different horse. The horse he arrives on is much darker with distinctly different coloration. See more »

Quotes

Jim Guthrie: Did you know we were going to get some cattle with the place?
Laurie Mastin: Cattle? How many?
Jim Guthrie: Two. We're going to be cattle barons.
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Beautiful Dreamer
[Heard playing by musicians at the dance.]
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A decent little Western, though certainly not among the best...
31 August 2002 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

Westerns are always my favorite movies... Westerns, are something I go to see, and, if my memory serves me correctly, there are many I have watched in the theaters, with my father, when I was a little boy...

'Three Hours to Kill' is a decent little Western, though certainly not among the best... For a little-known film from Alfred L. Welker (that I saw lately on the Western Channel) I was surprised by the quality of the video transfer... What struck me most were the colors; they were accurate, well defined, and rich...

Welker's work on the film is satisfactory, although not impressive... The movie relies totally on Dana Andrews, the very definition of character and honesty, and on his determination to catch the real killer... At one point, he allows himself to be severely hurt by a rope tied around his neck, to give the scene a realistic look...

This is going to happen quickly, so don't blink because 'Three Hours to Kill' is a movie that can be quickly and easily summarized, when an innocent man escapes a lynching, he breaks all the rules to clear his name, disbelieving that no one of his hypocritical friends, will stand by him... Everybody want him to leave town... His enemies simply want him dead...

The supporting cast do well—particularly Donna Reed with her sensitive portrayal of a woman in love, shocked to see her brother getting shot in the back by her lover...

Welker makes great use of the limited locations and uses a wide variety of interesting angles and cuts to add some tension and excitement to the film...


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