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The Last Challenge (1967)

Approved | | Western | 27 December 1967 (USA)
A deadly gunslinger travels to a town to shoot it out with a famed gunslinger turned lawman in a small town.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

John Sherry (novel) (as John Sherry), John Sherry (screenplay) (as John Sherry) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Glenn Ford ... Marshal Dan Blaine
Angie Dickinson ... Lisa Denton
Chad Everett ... Lot McGuire
Gary Merrill ... Squint Calloway
Jack Elam ... Ernest Scarnes
Delphi Lawrence Delphi Lawrence ... Marie Webster
Royal Dano ... Pretty Horse
Kevin Hagen ... Frank Garrison
Florence Sundstrom Florence Sundstrom ... Outdoors
Marian Collier ... Sadie
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Harry Bell
John Milford ... Turpin
Frank McGrath ... Ballard Weeks
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Storyline

In 1877, Dan Blaine is the Marshal of the Southwestern town of Suwora. Blaine is a former gunfighter who served ten years in prison for bank and stagecoach robbery. However, he went straight and became a Marshal. He also is one of the fastest draws in the territory. His reputation attracts the occasional youngster who wants to make a name for himself by outdrawing and killing Blaine. Lot McGuire is such a young man. He's riding to Suwora to challenge Marshal Blaine to a gunfight. Lot McGuire is fast, and he thinks he can outdraw the famous Marshal. The irony of fate brings the two men in contact at a fishing spot outside the town. There, on the banks of the river, they become friends, share a meal and exchange stories. Young McGuire reveals his intentions to Blaine who, in turn, reveals to McGuire the fact that he is the town Marshal. McGuire thanks Blaine for the meal, but is determined to challenge Blaine to a gunfight. McGuire leaves the river bank camp promising to kill Blaine. ... Written by nufs68

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Taglines:

Killer Vs. Killer

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pistolero See more »

Filming Locations:

Ajo, Arizona, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of director Richard Thorpe. See more »

Goofs

After Marshal Dan Blaine unties Ernest Scarnes and sends him on his way, they both ride off in different directions, but the sun casts a shadow on each one's left side. See more »

Quotes

Marshal Dan Blaine: He was a no good drifter. He'd steal the pennies off a dead man's eyes.
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Connections

Referenced in Password All-Stars: Episode dated 25 November 1966 (1966) See more »

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Don't get it
27 June 2008 | by onehipdadSee all my reviews

Sorry, but I just don't see it the same. For me, this is just one more in a string of not only bad westerns, but bad films made in the '60's. I notice the same thing with war movies made during the decade: The plots are shot full of holes and discontinuities and if not poorly produced and directed, then poorly edited. There seems to be a resurgence in quality starting about '68 with movies such as Bullitt, Bonnie & Clyde and The Wild Bunch, my #1 all-time western.

I don't know why, but Hollywood movies in general from late '50's to late '60's, while possibly strong on visuals (scenery, location) are shallow and weak technically and plot-wise. Kind of like American cars at the time: Whatever's put out there will be purchased.


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