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3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Broke small-time rancher Dan Evans is hired by the stagecoach line to put big-time captured outlaw leader Ben Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma but Wade's gang tries to free him.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

Halsted Welles (screenplay), Elmore Leonard (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Ben Wade
Van Heflin ... Dan Evans
Felicia Farr ... Emmy
Leora Dana ... Mrs. Alice Evans
Henry Jones ... Alex Potter - Town Drunk
Richard Jaeckel ... Charlie Prince
Robert Emhardt ... Mr. Butterfield - Stage Line Owner
Sheridan Comerate Sheridan Comerate ... Bob Moons - Stage Driver's Brother
George Mitchell ... Bartender
Robert Ellenstein ... Ernie Collins
Ford Rainey ... Bisbee Marshal
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Storyline

After outlaw leader Ben Wade is captured in a small town, his gang continue to threaten. Small-time rancher Dan Evans is persuaded to take Wade in secret to the nearest town with a railway station to await the train to the court at Yuma. Once the two are holed up in the hotel to wait it becomes apparent the secret is out, and a battle of wills starts. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Drink the whisky... Love the woman... Try to stay alive till the 3:10 pulls out of town! See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Ten to Yuma See more »

Filming Locations:

Yuma, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,850,000, 31 December 1957
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The theme song is sung by Frankie Laine. Well-known for singing the theme songs to westerns, and for having such sincerity in his voice when doing so, It was because of his very familiar contributions to westerns that Mel Brooks chose Laine to sing the theme for Blazing Saddles (1974). The inside joke was that Laine sang his heart out, never realizing that the lyrics were a spoof. See more »

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When all the characters are shown in the street just after the clock shows just after 11:00, all of their shadows are extremely long, because the scene was shot probably in very early morning after sunrise. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Mr. Butterfield, Stage Line Owner: Let me warn you - I am Mr. Butterfield; this is my line, these are my passengers. You bother any of them, I'll hound you from here to kingdom come.
Ben Wade: Mr. Butterfield, we don't mean to bother anybody - we just mean to get what's under that tarpaulin up there, that's all
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Connections

Referenced in This Is Your Life: Glenn Ford (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

3:10 to Yuma
by Ned Washington and George Duning
Sung by Frankie Laine
A Columbia Recording Artist
also performed by Norma Zimmer (uncredited)
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Famed and classic Western by Delmer Daves with a magnificent Glenn Ford and a restrained Van Heflin
1 December 2010 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

Formidable Western full of action , violence , fascinating drama, gun-blazing shootouts ,and fabulous performances . This first-rate adult Western draws its riveting tale and power from the interaction of finely drawn roles as well as the noisy action . It concerns about a needy farmer ( Van Heflin ) with wife (Leonora Dana) and family . He's witness as a dangerous gang (Richard Jaeckel, among others) led by notorious gunfighter named Ben Wade ( Glenn Ford) attacks a stagecoach and killing the passengers . Later on , Ben separates from his band and he goes to a Saloon where meets with gorgeous Emma (Felicia Farr). But the sheriff immediately surrounds the parlour and captures Ben . Railroad official (Robert Emhardt) asks for paid volunteers to join a posse to transport Ben Wade towards Yuma and Dan accepts . Meanwhile, other volunteers unite posse (as the drunk Henry Jones) . After that, and numerous dangers Dan Evans must hole up in a Motel while waiting for the train to take them to Yuma prison and overcome the murderer's several ploys to gain his breakout . The brave farmer agrees to hold trapped gunfighter until the train to Yuma prison arrives overcoming several risks and avoiding his freedom .

Good adult Western with exciting battle of wits between an obstinate farmer and an astute killer who begins to psych him out . Stylish, fast paced , solid, meticulous and violent look with several shot'em up. This well acted movie is gripping every step of the way . This classic western is plenty of suspense as the dreaded arrival hour approaches and the protagonist realizes he must stand alone but his fellow town people for help , nobody is willing to help him such as ¨High Noon¨. The narration is almost adjusted in real time , from the beginning, until the final showdown and is approximately developed in ninety and some minutes . Screen-written by Halsted Welles and based on a short story by Elmore Leonard . Elmore is a veteran novelist and screenwriter , specialist on noir plot and Western and working from ¨Tall T¨, ¨Hombre¨, continuing with ¨Rosemary murders¨, ¨Get shorty¨, ¨Jackie Brown¨ until nowadays . Splendid and evocative cinematography in white and black by Charles Lawton Jr . Memorable musical score fitting rightly to action Western by George Duning with sensible song at the main titles and the end by Frankie Laine. The motion picture is stunningly directed by Delmer Daves and results to be one of the best western of the 50s and 60s . It's recently remade by James Mangold with the well-drawn characters played by Russell Crowe , Christian Bale and Gretchen Mol as wife , though contains various changes, as excessive violence and a little bit overlong because the first version runtime is only 92 minutes and recalls much the classic directed by Delmer Daves.


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