The Last Command (1955 film)

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The Last Command
Poster of the movie The Last Command.jpg
Original Australian film poster
Directed by Frank Lloyd
Produced by Frank Lloyd/ Republic Pictures
Written by Warren Duff (story by Sy Bartlett)
Starring Sterling Hayden
Arthur Hunnicutt
Ernest Borgnine
Music by Max Steiner
Cinematography Jack A. Marta
Edited by Tony Martinelli
Distributed by Republic Pictures
Release dates
  • 1955 (1955)
Running time
110 minutes
Country USA
Language English

The Last Command is a 1955 Trucolor film about Jim Bowie and the fall of the Alamo during the Texas War of Independence in 1836. Filmed by Republic Pictures, the picture was an unusually expensive undertaking for the low-budget studio.


The film was originally set to be produced and directed by John Wayne[1] but Republic Pictures head Herbert Yates wanted Wayne only to star, not produce or direct as Wayne wanted. Wayne left Republic to form Wayne-Fellows Productions. Five years later he would play Davy Crockett in, as well as direct, the three-hours-plus Todd-AO production The Alamo, released by United Artists that featured many elements of The Last Command in its screenplay.

Max Steiner's theme song for The Last Command, "Jim Bowie," is sung by musical star Gordon MacRae, who that year was starring in the smash hit film Oklahoma!, adapted from the famous Rodgers and Hammerstein musical.

Released during the Walt Disney Davy Crockett frenzy, the film follows Jim Bowie (Sterling Hayden), who was initially a friend to Generalissimo Antonio López de Santa Anna (J. Carrol Naish) but now sides with the Texans in their bid for independence.



  1. ^ Thompson, Frank Alamo Movies 1994 Republic of Texas Press

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