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The Last Challenge (1967)

Approved | | Western | 15 September 1967 (Japan)
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:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 September 1967 (Japan) 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the second movie in which Glenn Ford (Marshal Dan Blaine) has his gun buried in a grave after a shootout at the end of the movie. The first was The Fastest Gun Alive (1956), in which he played George Temple, a soft-spoken storekeeper. See more »

Goofs

During the ambush shoot-out, Scarnes shoots McGuire's rifle stock. In subsequent scenes, the stock is intact. 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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Referenced in Password All-Stars: Episode dated 25 November 1966 (1966) See more »

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Serious Western by Richard Thorpe and with Glenn Ford as an ex-gunfighter trying to live a pacific existence
4 October 2011 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

This Western deals with an aging ex-gunslinger (Glenn Ford) become marshal and challenged to a duel by a rough young (Chad Everett). He is searching for peace and quiet but unable to avoid his reputation and the showdown-challenges it invites .

This is a mature , humourless Hollywood Western with Ford as the gunman turned sheriff attempting and inevitably failing to runaway from his past . It carries a surprising feeling of authenticity for a Western of this twilight period . The filmmaker is good at staging some action sequences , however is slow-moving and developed with dry sense of entertainment . The picture is produced in medium budget by Metro Goldwyn Mayer where the director Richard Thorpe spent 33 years in the same studio and he was to become the longest-servicing filmmaker in their story . In time he became known as the studio's ¨one take¨ because of his rapid shooting schedules . The flick relies heavily on tiring relationship between Glenn Ford and Angie Dickinson who plays a Saloon owner , formerly call-girl . There are good supporting portrayals from Gary Merrill as tough cardsharp , Royal Dano as drunk Indian chief and Jack Elam in his usual role as outlaw .

The picture is professionally directed by Richard Thorpe , though with no originality . Richard liked making escapist movies and many of them have rousing action scenes , handled with great confidence . He directed lesser Western and thrillers when he moved into features in 1924 and did little of note before joining MGM in 1935 . Thorpe made routine studio fare until 1950s when he was given more major assignment . He then made various big-budget productions financed by Pando S Bergman among his best known films are all the MGM Tarzans following his arrival at the studio in 1935 and a series of swashbuckling adventures in the early 1950s featuring Robert Taylor , the most successful of these were three swashbucklers made in England as ¨Knights of Round Table , Ivanhoe and Quentin Durward¨ . Thorpe was an expert on all kind of genres as Western as ¨Vengeance valley , Wild horse , Under Montana skies and Last challenge¨ but his specialty resulted to be adventures as ¨Prisoner of Zenda , The prodigal , Challenge to Lassie , Malaya , Tarzan's secret treasure ,Tarzan escapes , Tarzan finds a son¨ and Musicals as ¨Fun in Acapulco , Rainbow over Broadway , The prince student¨ and his biggest money-maker to date was ¨The great Caruso¨ and his last big box-office hit was ¨Presley' Jailhouse Rock¨ . He also worked briefly in television before retiring in 1968 , his last film was ¨The last challenge', also titled ¨The Pistolero of Red River ¨.


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