Three-Ten to Yuma
|"Three-Ten to Yuma"|
Three-Ten to Yuma and other stories
|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.
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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.