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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.


Richard Thorpe


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




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


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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Final film of director Richard Thorpe. See more »


When Marshal Dan Blaine catches a fish, a plastic bobber is pulled under the water. This was years before the first plastic bobber was made. See more »


Marshal Dan Blaine: He was a no good drifter. He'd steal the pennies off a dead man's eyes.
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Referenced in Password: Episode dated 25 November 1966 (1966) See more »

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"If you mean will I kill you..the answer is still yes!"
1 July 2001 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

The western showdown is as ritualistic as a bullfight which, in many respects, it resembles... The end is as quick, clean and emotionless as the dispatch of a brave fighting bull by the matador... The outcome is usually as predictable but the clash is a heightened moment of suspense that is as exciting as anything the cinema has ever produced...

Richard Thorpe, a reliable director of all genre, and one of MGM's most prolific filmmaker since 1935 directed and produced 'The Last Challenge'/'The Pistolero of Red River.'

Wanting a particular personal style, Thorpe never directed a great motion picture, but had a consistently acceptable batting average as a director of fine, unpretentious entertainment ranging from drama and polished adventure to comedy, musicals and westerns...

With a beautiful body and a timeless loveliness of a face, Angie Dickinson looks great in her black gown... She again figures effectively as the young lady, in love, who wants to stop the shootout... The movie has a Marshal (Glenn Ford) with a reputation as a legendary wild gunfighter, heading for a showdown with a dangerous good-looking challenger Chad Everett...

The John Sherry-Robert Emmett Ginna screenplay features Gary Merrill as a bushy-brow 'Five Card Stud' player, and Jack Elam as the hired killer with an evil leer...

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Release Date:

27 December 1967 (USA) See more »

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Pistolero See more »

Filming Locations:

Ajo, Arizona, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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