The Last Challenge

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The Last Challenge
Poster of the movie The Last Challenge.jpg
Original film poster
Directed by Richard Thorpe
Produced by Richard Thorpe
Written by Albert Maltz
Starring Glenn Ford
Angie Dickinson
Music by Richard Shores
Cinematography Ellsworth Fredericks
Editing by Richard W. Farrell
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
Release dates December 22, 1967
Running time 105 min
Country USA
Language English

The Last Challenge is a 1967 Metrocolor Western directed by Richard Thorpe, starring Glenn Ford and Angie Dickinson. A town sheriff contends with his reputation as the "fastest gun in the West."

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A cocky young man from Tennessee, Lot McGuire (Chad Everett), seeks to back up his notion that he's the fastest gun there is. "If a man is second best, he might as well be dead," says McGuire. He travels to a town with the intention of forcing a duel with Marshal Dan Blaine (Ford), who's renowned for his skill with a gun.

Brothel owner Lisa Denton (Dickinson) loves Blaine, has marriage in mind and will do anything to ensure that happens. She hires a down-and-out drifter, Scarnes (Jack Elam), to kill McGuire. Scarnes and Blaine did time together in prison for a bank robbery many years ago, after which Blaine decided to do something good with his life, and became a lawman.

Outside of town, Scarnes ambushes McGuire and kills his horse, but during a shootout is gut-shot. McGuire finds out from a dying Scarnes that Lisa hired him. Lisa tells of her love for Blaine and asks Lot to leave town. He refuses.

Knowing a showdown is coming, Lisa grabs a Derringer pistol and decides to kill McGuire, but a disgusted Blaine takes the gun away. The two men meet at the bar and the showdown occurs there rather than in the street. McGuire draws his revolver (which is worn in a reverse fashion) first and fires. Blaine shoots him in the chest. A stunned McGuire dies, eyes open and speechless.

Blaine notices he has been shot in the side, but it is not fatal. The next day as McGuire's casket is being lowered into the ground, Blaine removes his gun and holster and throws it all into the grave. He rides out of town without a gun, as Lisa watches from the saloon steps, crying.

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