A trapper and his two partners work as scouts for a remote army fort where they witness an incompetent colonel's decision to throw his small unprepared garrison against Red Cloud's sizable Sioux force.
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Crude and uncivilized backwoods trapper Jed Cooper and his two partners sign up as scouts in a remote Oregon army fort, manned chiefly by untrained rookie soldiers. Jed, flirting with the idea of leading a more settled life, decides he needs a woman to start the process, and selects Corinna Marston, the beautiful young wife of Colonel Marston, commander of the next fort down the line. Marston arrives and announces to commanding officer Captain Riordan that he has lost his fort and most of his men to an Indian attack and that he, as ranking officer, is assuming command. Riordan, a young, but sensible officer, is outraged when he learns that Marston, posted out west for having lost his 1500-man command during a Civil War battle, has ordered the entire fort's complement, totally unprepared for combat and outnumbered, to march out against experienced Indian warriors.Written by
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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 »
When Jed Cooper pulls the lookout Indian down from his perch with a lasso, the Indian is wearing a captured soldier's blue jacket, then when Jed kills the Indian with a knife, the jacket is off one arm. A long sleeve jacket like that cannot just fall off one arm without deliberately removing it. See more »
[a band of heretofore friendly Indians have just taken the trappers' rifles and furs]
We never fished nor killed any more than we could eat. And we're not Blue Coats. Why are they taking it out on us?
Civilization is creepin' up on us, lads. The Blue Coats aren't satisfied with gobblin' up all the lands east of the 'Sippi. No, they won't stop till they've pushed us over the Rockies and into the Pacific Ocean. It's a drownin' fate that awaits us all. These are ...
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unusual, no great scenery, no James Stewart, but good western.
What makes a director who had just finished one of the best series of westerns ever made, with James Stewart, where the scenery was so relevant, to make this film with Victor Mature, and where most of the action takes place at night, so forget the scenery? In an 1969 interview with Christopher Wicking and Barrie Pattison comparing Stewart to Mature, Mann says that Stewart is skillful, marvelous to work with, because he's always there, very anxious, wants to be great, stating that this is not the case with Mature. Nevertheless Mann was able to get a very good performance out of Mature. And not only that, he was able to do a very good film which reminded me more of his older westerns like "Devil's Doorway" and "The Furies". Like those two other westerns "The Last Frontier" is unusual. Mature is Jed, a trapper who is obliged to seek refuge in a fort, because the Indians won't accept him being around any more. He falls in love with Robert Preston (Col. Marston)'s wife Anne Bancroft. Preston is very much the same character as Henry Fonda in Fort Apache. You can't blame his wife for not liking him, specially because he was responsible for the death of thousands of soldiers on account of his blind ambition. Jed is also ambitious, he does not want to be a scout, but a blue coat, and in his innocent, exuberant way he is more balanced and intelligent and likely to get what he wants than Preston. Anthony Mann could never be labeled as a director belonging to a specific genre. He directed such different films as "The Glenn Miller Story" and "El Cid". He was good at every film he did. And such also is the case with Jed. When his friend Mungo (Pat Hogan) tells him he is going back to the mountains and Jed wants to go with him, he tells him "You don't belong there, I do". He is right, Jed does not belong there and also does not belong in the fort as a blue coat. But in spite of not belonging Jed will do well in anything he aims at. Just like Anthony Mann.
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