Three-Ten to Yuma

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"Three-Ten to Yuma"
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Three-Ten to Yuma and other stories
Author Elmore Leonard
Country United States
Language English
Genre(s) Short story
Published in Dime Western Magazine
Publication date March 1953

"Three-Ten to Yuma" is a short story written by Elmore Leonard that was first published in Dime Western Magazine, a 1950s pulp magazine, in March 1953. It is one of the very few Western stories that has been adapted to the screen twice, in 1957 and in 2007.

Plot summary[edit]

The story focuses on two men, one of whom is a deputy, another a ruthless outlaw. The deputy agrees to take the outlaw to the Yuma Territorial Prison in Yuma, Arizona by train. The deputy overcomes the odds to get the outlaw to the train before its 3:10 departure time.


The story is the kernel on which the two films were built and is the source of some dialogue in both. The names of most characters in the movies are different from those in the story except for Charlie Prince, a character who appears in all three versions.


The story is collected in The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard,[1] as well as in the selection of Leonard's stories Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories.[2]


  1. ^ Leonard, Elmore (2004). "Three-Ten to Yuma". The Complete Western Stories of Elmore Leonard. William Morrow. pp. 179–194. ISBN 9780060724252. 
  2. ^ Leonard, Elmore (November 28, 2006). Three-Ten to Yuma and Other Stories. HarperTorch. ISBN 9780061121647. 

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