Three Hours to Kill (1954)

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    • Three Hours to Kill (1954)




      Plot Summary
      After three years on the run, Jim Guthrie returns with the scar of a rope burn on his neck. In flashback we learn how he was framed for murder but then escaped from the lynch mob just as he was about to be hung. Tired of running, he has returned to find the real killer and the Sheriff has given him just three hours to do it.
      Written by Maurice VanAuken

      Dana Andrews ... Jim Guthrie
      Donna Reed ... Laurie Mastin
      Dianne Foster ... Chris Palmer
      Stephen Elliott ... Sheriff Ben East
      Richard Coogan ... Niles Hendricks
      Laurence Hugo ... Marty Lasswell
      James Westerfield ... Sam Minor
      Richard Webb ... Carter Mastin
      Carolyn Jones ... Polly
      Charlotte Fletcher ... Betty
      Whit Bissell ... Deke
      Felipe Turich ... Esteban
      Arthur Fox ... Little Carter
      Francis McDonald ... Deputy Vince
      Danny Borzage ... Accordionist (uncredited)

      Alfred L. Werker ... (as Alfred Werker)

      Writing Credits
      Alex Gottlieb ... (story)
      Richard Alan Simmons
      Roy Huggins
      Maxwell Shane ... (additional dialogue)

      Harry Joe Brown ... producer

      Paul Sawtell

      Charles Lawton Jr.


      During the gunfight between Guthrie (Dana Andrews) and Sheriff Ben (Stephen Elliot), Guthrie reacts at one point as if he's hit by a bullet to his right shoulder, falling to the ground and grabbing his shoulder in pain. But then he fights Ben one on one and winds up shooting him with no ill effects,and there's no bullet hole or blood in the area of his right shoulder.

      After Guthrie disarms the arresting Marshal and takes his horse to ride back into town, he arrives on a totally different horse. The horse he arrives on is much darker with distinctly different coloration.

      Jim Guthrie: Did you know we were going to get some cattle with the place?
      Laurie Mastin: Cattle? How many?
      Jim Guthrie: Two. We're going to be cattle barons.

      Filming Locations
      Walker Ranch - 19152 Placerita Canyon Road, Newhall, California, USA
      Lake Sherwood, California, USA
      Sherwood Forest, California, USA
      Hidden Valley, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Best Wishes
      London- England
    • Three Hours to Kill is a 1954 American Western film directed by
      Alfred L. Werker and starring Dana Andrews and Donna Reed

      It inspired the 1956 Roger Corman film Gunslinger

      Duke 'Pal's Dana Andrews and Donna Reed, star in this one
      also look out for Duke/ John Ford 'Pal', Danny Borzage,
      playing the accordion


      User Review

      Dana Andrews' other anti-lynching movie
      14 May 2010 | by gerdeen-1 (United States)

      ger wrote:

      "The Ox-Bow Incident," a tragedy about lynching in the Old West, helped make Dana Andrews a star. "Three Hours to Kill," a little Western mystery he made after his stardom cooled, is not nearly as grim (or as good), but it is fairly gritty and it holds your interest.

      Andrews plays a cowboy who's framed for murder and almost lynched. He escapes with only a rope burn on his neck thanks to the help of his true love, played by Donna Reed. A few years later, as a fugitive, he returns to town to solve the crime and clear his name -- and he gets three hours to do it. (The circumstances of this are a bit complicated.)

      Things become really tricky when the former sweethearts cross paths again. It turns out they've got serious issues, the kind that were not often addressed in "B" Westerns in the 1950s.

      "Three Hours" is pleasingly fast-paced, wrapping up in well under half the time in the title. It keeps you guessing, which is the most important job of a whodunit, and it even has a couple of surprises after the mystery is solved. Not great, but good if you have a little time of your own to kill.
      Best Wishes
      London- England