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The Last Frontier (1955)

Approved | | History , Romance , Western | 1955 (UK)
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.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Russell S. Hughes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Jed Cooper
Guy Madison ... Captain Glenn Riordan
Robert Preston ... Col. Frank Marston
James Whitmore ... Gus
Anne Bancroft ... Corinna Marston
Russell Collins ... Captain Phil Clarke
Peter Whitney ... Sergeant Major Decker
Pat Hogan ... Mungo
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Storyline

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 Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The men, the women, the wilderness of America's most exciting days !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Savage Wilderness See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000, 31 December 1955
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Victor Mature made this for Columbia while renegotiating his contract with 20th Century Fox. His salary was $200,000. See more »

Goofs

The Colonel takes over the Captain's command without any orders after he loses his own. The Captain even mentions it once, but is casually dismissed by the Colonel since he is the Captain's superior officer. It has never worked that way in the Army, a superior officer cannot take over a junior officer's command without official orders, and if he tries to, the junior officer and his staff have every right to place the superior officer under arrest, especially if he endangers the entire command (and given that the Colonel has twice lost entire commands, this is not an unrealistic danger). See more »

Quotes

Gus: Sorry about the Colonel back.
Jed Cooper: I ain't glad.
Gus: Jed, you did right. And I'm proud of you. Makes me feel as though I didn't bring you up too bad after all.
Jed Cooper: I didn't do it for you, Gus.
Gus: She made you, didn't she? Well, most likely she wanted him dead just as much as you do, but only she couldn't. That 'll be the Christian in her. That's the part of your education that's most been sadly lacking. You ain't got no Christian in you.
Jed Cooper: I ain't?
Gus: No. There's two kinds of love, Jed. The way you love and the way...
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Soundtracks

Do They Miss Me at Home
(uncredited)
Music by S.M. Grannis
Lyrics by Mrs. Caroline A. Mason
Sung by the soldiers at Fort Shallan
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a very underrated western
4 May 2006 | by sirjasonwrightSee all my reviews

I enjoyed this western. Victor Mature played a good part. The scenery Is fantastic. I listened with headphones on because I discovered the soundtrack Is stereo- quite something for a western In 1955! Ann Bancroft looks nothing like she looked In the Graduate no where near as sexy! This western Is not run of the mill at all, most of the scenes are Inside a military fort or shot on location. Mature Is a trapper turned military scout trying to prevent a glory-mad Colonel from attacking the Indians as It would mean a massacre of the whole fort. Robert Preston plays the colonel who Is constantly at loggerheads with Mature. All in all a very entertaining western.


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