Last Train from Gun Hill

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Last Train from Gun Hill
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral film poster.jpeg
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral/Last Train from Gun Hill film poster
Directed by John Sturges
Produced by Hal B. Wallis
Written by James Poe
from a story by
Les Crutchfield
Starring Kirk Douglas
Anthony Quinn
Carolyn Jones
Earl Holliman
Music by Dimitri Tiomkin
Cinematography Charles B. Lang Jr.
Production
company
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Running time 94 min.
Country United States
Language English
Box office $2.5 million (est. US/ Canada rentals)[1]

Last Train from Gun Hill is a 1959 Western by action director John Sturges. It stars Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones and Earl Holliman. Douglas and Holliman had previously appeared together in Sturges' Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which used much of the same crew.

The script is by James Poe, based on a story by Les Crutchfield. The film contains elements of High Noon, 3:10 to Yuma and Sturges' own Bad Day at Black Rock.

Plot[edit]

Two old friends, Matt Morgan (Douglas) and Craig Belden (Quinn), now find themselves on opposite sides of the law. Belden is the de facto ruler of the town of Gun Hill, a rich cattle baron. Morgan is a U.S. marshal living in another town with his Native American wife (played by Ziva Rodann) and young son, Petey.

Two young drunken cowboys rape and murder Morgan's wife while she is returning with their son from a visit to her father. The boy escapes on one of the killers' horses, bearing a distinctive, fancy saddle.

Morgan sets off to find the killer. His one clue is the saddle, which he recognizes as belonging to Belden. Assuming it was stolen from his old friend, Morgan travels to Gun Hill to pick up the trail, but once there he quickly realizes that Belden's son Rick (Holliman) is the killer.

Belden refuses to turn over his son, forcing Morgan to go against the entire town. He vows to capture Rick and get him on that night's last train from Gun Hill.

Rick is taken prisoner and held at the hotel. Belden sends men to rescue his son, but Morgan manages to hold them off. In the meantime, Belden's former lover (Jones) decides to help Morgan. She sneaks a shotgun to his hotel room. The second rapist, Lee, sets fire to the hotel to flush out Morgan.

Morgan presses the shotgun to Rick's chin on the way to the train depot, threatening to pull the trigger if anyone attempts to stop him. Lee tries to kill Morgan but shoots Rick instead. Morgan then kills Lee with the shotgun. As the train prepares to leave, a devastated Belden confronts Morgan in a final showdown and is gunned down.

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Trivia[edit]

A 1985 Hindi movie, Bhawani Junction starring Shatrughan Sinha and Shashi Kapoor, was a remake of Last Train from Gun Hill.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "1959: Probable Domestic Take", Variety, 6 January 1960 p 34

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