The Last Command (1955)

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    • The Last Command (1955)



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      Plot Summary
      Moderate Jim Bowie leads rebellious Texicans--and Davy Crockett--in a
      last-ditch stand against his old friend, Santa Anna.

      Full Cast
      Sterling Hayden ... Jim Bowie
      Anna Maria Alberghetti ... Consuelo de Quesada
      Richard Carlson ... William B. Travis
      Arthur Hunnicutt ... Davy Crockett
      Ernest Borgnine ... Mike Radin
      J. Carrol Naish ... General Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
      Ben Cooper ... Jeb Lacey
      John Russell ... Lt. Dickinson
      Virginia Grey ... Mrs. Dickinson
      Jim Davis ... Ben Evans
      Eduard Franz ... Lorenzo de Quesada
      Otto Kruger ... Stephen F. Austin
      Russell Simpson ... The Parson
      Roy Roberts ... Dr. Summerfield
      Slim Pickens ... Abe
      Hugh Sanders ... Sam Houston
      Rico Alaniz ... Tomas (uncredited)
      Fernando Alvarado ... Groom (uncredited)
      Morris Ankrum ... Military Governor Juan Bradburn (uncredited)
      Argentina Brunetti ... Maria (uncredited)
      Robert Burton ... Business Man in Cantina (uncredited)
      Cheryl Callaway ... Dickinson's Little Girl (uncredited)
      Edward Colmans ... Scout Seguin (uncredited)
      James Conaty ... Party Guest (uncredited)
      Steve Darrell ... Irate Texan in Cantina (uncredited)
      Abel Fernandez ... Spanish Soldier (uncredited)
      Robert 'Buzz' Henry ... Alamo Defender (uncredited)
      Pepe Hern ... Seguin's Son (uncredited)
      Tom Hernández ... Aide (uncredited)
      Kenner G. Kemp ... Man at Meeting (uncredited)
      Don Kennedy ... Bonham (uncredited)
      Tyler MacDuff ... Messenger (uncredited)
      Kermit Maynard ... Cantina Barfly (uncredited)
      Alex Montoya ... Mexican Colonel (uncredited)
      Alberto Morin ... Mexican Official (uncredited)
      George Navarro ... Mexican Lieutenant (uncredited)
      Vicente Padula ... General Cos (uncredited)
      Post Park ... Coach Driver (uncredited)
      Walter Reed ... Irate Texan in Cantina (uncredited)
      Buddy Roosevelt ... Alamo Defender (uncredited)
      Charles Stevens ... Peon Villager (uncredited)
      Ken Terrell ... Alamo Defender (uncredited)
      Harry Woods ... Irate Texan in Cantina (uncredited)
      Joe Yrigoyen ... Alamo Defender (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Warren Duff (screenplay)
      Sy Bartlett (story)

      Original Music
      Max Steiner

      Jack A. Marta

      Crew or equipment visible
      When General Santa Ana's men and horses charge toward the Alamo, the tire tracks of the camera truck are visible in front of the horses.

      Filming Locations
      Brackettville, Texas, USA
      Hobbs Ranch, Brackettville, Texas, USA
      Universal Studios Hollywood - 1000 Universal Studios Blvd, Universal City, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) The Alamo Movies- The Last Command (1955)

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

      The film was originally set to be produced and directed by John Wayne but Wayne
      and Republic Pictures head Herbert Yates wanted Wayne to star, not produce or direct.
      Wayne left Republic to form Wayne-Fellows Productions.
      Five years later, Wayne 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 film star Gordon MacRae,
      who that year (1955) 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. Carroll Naish)
      but now sides with the Texians in their bid for independence.
      from Wikipedia

      User Review
      5 January 2003 | by Ben Burgraff (cariart) (Las Vegas, Nevada)

      'The Last Command' is a film with a better backstory than the film itself! First batted around Republic Pictures as a potential vehicle for John Wayne, the production was put on the back burner when Wayne decided he wanted total creative control, and decided to produce and direct his own version, with a budget Republic couldn't match.

      Republic DID, however, have an arsenal of talent available, and a shooting script, and eventually brought in veteran director Frank Lloyd, who had just come off a ten-year hiatus with 'The Shanghai Story', in 1954. Sterling Hayden, fresh from the cult classic 'Johnny Guitar', and a featured role in Fox's lavish 'Prince Valiant', signed to play Jim Bowie ("I needed the money to refit my boat," he joked). Richard Carlson, whose 'Creature from the Black Lagoon' had just been released by Universal (becoming a big hit) was tapped to play Alamo commander William Barret Travis. Ernest Borgnine, whose 'Marty' was garnering rave reviews (and would earn him an Oscar) took on the showy supporting role of Bowie adversary/friend Mike Radin and starlet Anna Maria Alberghetti, in her first non-singing role, became the female lead. Two veteran character actors rounded out the major cast: J. Carrol Naish, as a sympathetic yet decisive Santa Anna, and, in an offbeat but inspired casting move, bearded Arthur Hunnicutt as a rustic Davy Crockett (who would very nearly steal the film!).

      The production was very modestly budgeted, so much so that the number of extras serving as the Mexican army was limited, but director Lloyd and cinematographer Jack Marta were old hands at making more out of less, and with some judicious editing by Tony Martinelli, the illusion of thousands of Mexican soldiers was achieved. Set design was minimal, as well, and the famous 'look' of the church/fortress was often achieved through mat paintings.

      Scored by the legendary Max Steiner, with a theme sung by Gordon MacRae, 'The Last Command' seemed to teeter at the edge between 'B' movie and 'A' status; ultimately, the pedestrian script, by Sy Bartlett and Warren Duff, did the movie in, as there was too much time spent on an unnecessary love triangle, which slowed much of the film to a crawl. Despite an unforgettable final battle, audiences avoided the film, and it quickly faded from sight.

      Unfortunately, John Wayne didn't learn from 'The Last Command', and he added a love story to his 'Alamo', with the same lethargic result; Crockett's explosive demise (historically inaccurate, but rousing!) must have impressed him, as well, as he staged an even bigger version of it in his film.

      'The Last Command' is a curio, but is enjoyable, for the most part, and the spectacular final assault makes it a must for any action fan's collection!
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: (New Review) The Alamo Movies- The Last Command (1955)

      really enjoyed this film,sterling hayden and ernest borgnine gave a solid performance's.good action scene's aswell.
    • Re: (New Review) The Alamo Movies- The Last Command (1955)

      The part about parts of the Last Command script ending up in the Alamo is really the other way around. John Wayne and James Edward Grant already had the script that Wayne wanted to use way back in the late 40's for the Alamo movie he wanted to do. When Yates refused to allow Wayne to direct & produce his version, Wayne left Republic to start Batjac. But the script stayed with Yates who used some of it when he decided to make an Alamo movie focused on Jim Bowie.
    • Re: (New Review) The Alamo Movies- The Last Command (1955)


      One of my all time favourite pictures. its a pity that Yates interferred in the post production, it would have saved Duke a great deal of money. But I suppose from the ashes of the Last Command rose the later Alamo.


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    • Re: (New Review) The Alamo Movies- The Last Command (1955)

      Arthur Hunnicutt steals the show with every line he says! He doesn't look like the real Crockett, but hell, neither did Fess Parker.
      Borgnine, Slim Pickens, Jim Davis and Russell Simpson are all memorable, but Hayden plays Bowie like a zombie in a trance.
      The battle scenes are full of great stunt work, much better than the 2004 version.

      We deal in lead, friend.
    • Re: (New Review) The Alamo Movies- The Last Command (1955)

      Yep, Hayden always struck me that way in most of his films. Fortunately, even with the low budget, the action and the rest of the cast made up for him.
    • Re: The Alamo Movies- The Last Command (1955)

      Dooley wrote:

      Never seen this film but will have to track it down purely on the strength of these amazing stills!

      Peter, I enjoyed the film, and it is interesting to compare
      this movie with The Alamo.
      Mind you, I did find having a stupid looking Davy Crockett a bit off putting,
      compared to Dukes portrayal!
      Best Wishes
      London- England