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The Last Command (1955)

Approved | | History, War, Western | 3 August 1955 (USA)
Moderate Jim Bowie leads rebellious Texicans--and Davy Crockett--in a last-ditch stand against his old friend, Santa Anna.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Warren Duff (screenplay), Sy Bartlett (story)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling Hayden ... Jim Bowie
Anna Maria Alberghetti ... Consuelo de Quesada
Richard Carlson ... William B. Travis
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Davy Crockett
Ernest Borgnine ... Mike Radin
J. Carrol Naish ... Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
Ben Cooper ... Jeb Lacey
John Russell ... Lt. Dickinson
Virginia Grey ... Mrs. Dickinson
Jim Davis ... Ben Evans
Eduard Franz ... Lorenzo de Quesada
Otto Kruger ... Stephen F. Austin
Russell Simpson ... The Parson
Roy Roberts ... Dr. Summerfield
Slim Pickens ... Abe
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Storyline

During the Texas War of Independence of 1836 American frontiersman and pioneer Jim Bowie pleads for caution with the rebellious Texicans.They don't heed his advice since he's a Mexican citizen,married to the daughter of the Mexican vice-governor of the province and a friend to General Santa Anna since the days they had fought together for Mexico's independence.After serving as president for 22 years,Santa Anna has become too powerful and arrogant.He rules Mexico with an iron fist and he would not allow Texas to self-govern.Bowie sides with the Texans in their bid for independence and urges a cautious strategy,given Santa Anna's power and cunning.Despite the disagreement between the Texicans and Bowie regarding the right strategy they ask Bowie to lead them in a last ditch stand, at Alamo, against General Santa Anna's numerically superior forces. Written by nufs68

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SEE! One of the greatest battle scenes ever filmed! Thousands of men locked in hand-to-hand combat -- with the fate of Texas hanging in the balance! See more »

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History | War | Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Texas Legionnaires See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,193,939 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The melody to "The Ballad of Rock Ridge" from the western spoof Blazing Saddles (1974) is taken almost note for note from this film's "Jim Bowie", sung by Gordon MacRae. Also, Slim Pickens (I) appears in both films. See more »

Goofs

Davy Crockett's name was David Crockett. His nickname seems to have been applied retroactively. The Wikipedia article shows an advertisement for a clipper ship in Coleman's California Line named "David Crockett". The Crockett figure in the ad is also incorrectly shown as unshaven. See more »

Connections

Version of With Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo (1926) See more »

Soundtracks

Jim Bowie
by Sidney Clare and Max Steiner
Sung by Gordon MacRae
A Capitol Recording Artist
Arranged by Van Alexander (uncredited)
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Historic accuracy vs bravery
3 September 2005 | by tommye-2See all my reviews

While not totally historically accurate, this film is at least as accurate, if not more so, than most of the other Alamo epics. There are points in all the films that are arguable, if not totally wrong. However, I have researched most of the Alamo films and find this one more accurate from the viewpoint of the depiction of the Mexicans in the Alamo and some of the more personal facts about Bowie. For example, the death of his wife sometime before the start of the battle. No Alamo film is totally accurate, including the newly made Alamo with Billy Bob Thornton and Dennis Quaid. The important thing is that this is the story of brave men fighting a battle they cannot win against a far larger army. The spirit of the story is the important thing in this case.


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