Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)

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    Plot Summary
    The wife of marshal Matt Morgan is raped and murdered.
    The killers leave behind a distinctive saddle, that Morgan recognises as belonging
    to his old friend Craig Belden, now cattle baron in the town of Gun Hill.
    Belden is sympathetic, until it transpires that one of the murderers is his own son Rick,
    whom he refuses to hand over. Morgan is determined to capture Rick
    and take him away by the 9.00 train; but he is trapped in the town alone,
    with Belden and all his men now looking to kill him.
    Written by David Levene

    Kirk Douglas ... Marshal Matt Morgan
    Anthony Quinn ... Craig Belden
    Carolyn Jones ... Linda
    Earl Holliman ... Rick Belden
    Brad Dexter ... Beero
    Brian G. Hutton ... Lee Smithers (as Brian Hutton)
    Ziva Rodann ... Catherine Morgan
    Bing Russell ... Skag
    Val Avery ... Steve, Horseshoe Bartender'
    Walter Sande ... Sheriff Bartlett
    Ty Hardin ...
    Henry Wills ... Jake (uncredited)

    John Sturges

    Writing Credits
    Les Crutchfield ... (story "Showdown")
    James Poe ... (screenplay)

    Paul Nathan ... associate producer
    Hal B. Wallis ... producer
    Kirk Douglas ... executive producer (uncredited)

    Dimitri Tiomkin

    Charles Lang ... (as Charles Lang Jr.)

    Kirk Douglas 's salary was $325,000 against ten percent of the gross.

    For the sequences showing the train in Gun Hill, Paramount installed 600 feet of track
    snaking in and around their western street located at their Hollywood studio.
    At one point the steam engine traveled right under the window of
    Paramount chief executive Y. Frank Freeman who protested so much about the resulting noise
    that the tracks had to be moved.

    Anthony Quinn was only thirteen years older than Earl Holliman, who plays his son.

    During the final shootout, Morgan was supposed to beat Smithers to the draw.
    however, the actor playing Smithers, Brian g. Hutton kept beating Douglass to the draw.
    finally it was decided the Douglas should be holding a shotgun thereby ending that argument.
    afterwards Douglas remarks can you imagine that Up start beating me to the draw?.,
    Anthony Quinn said, "don't worry about it Kirk will get him in the editing room."

    Hal B. Wallis bought Les Crutchfield 's story in March 1954 and planned it
    as a possible starring vehicle for Charlton Heston or Burt Lancaster.

    During the fight between Rick and Beero, Brad Dexter swings a left at Earl Holliman.
    Although Holliman falls as though hit, the actual punch misses,
    but Dexter follows through and hits the wooden wing of the chair he had been leaning on,
    and the chair visibly moves.
    For the rest of the scene, Dexter shakes and massages his left hand to relieve the pain.

    Additional filming took place on May 28th and 29th, 1958.

    On its way to Gun Hill, the train has four cars.
    By the time it reaches the station, there are only two,
    and the baggage car is a different one than before.

    The train that Morgan takes to Gun Hill is seen to go round the same corner twice,
    once at night and once during the day.

    When Linda changes clothes, a white strap suddenly appears then disappears on her left shoulder.

    Near the end of the movie when Marshal Hogan leaves the hotel with ick Belden,
    the sheriff is shown standing in a group wearing a dark hat, coat and tie.
    A few moments later he unties the horse and wagon that Hogan uses to go to the train station.
    Now he is wearing a tan hat and shirt.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations
    Old Tucson - 201 S. Kinney Road, Tucson, Arizona, USA
    Paramount Studios - 5555 Melrose Avenue, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA (studio)
    Empire Ranch, Sonoita, Arizona, USA
    Elgin, Arizona, USA
    Patagonia, Arizona, USA
    San Pedro River, Arizona, USA
    St. David, Arizona, USA
    Monogram Ranch - 24715 Oak Creek Avenue, Newhall, California, USA (Placerita Canyon)
    Fairbank, Arizona, USA

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • Last Train from Gun Hill is a 1959 Western by action director John Sturges.
    It stars Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, Carolyn Jones, and Earl Holliman.

    Douglas and Holliman had previously appeared together in
    Sturges' Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which used much of the same crew.

    User Review

    An Underrated Classic
    24 June 2004 | by Terence Allen (Atlanta, Georgia)

    Quote from terence

    John Sturges a number of the best movies ever made - The Great Escape, The Gunfight at O.K. Corral, the Magnificent Seven, and here is a great movie he made that doesn't get mentioned with the all-time greats as it should.

    Kirk Douglas is outstanding as the uncompromising sheriff on a mission of revenge when his Native American wife is killed by the spoiled son of a lifelong friend. Anthony Quinn is excellent as the hardbitten rancher who respects Douglas' character more than anybody
    (and whose life he saved in their youth), but who behaves one as a protective father, and two as a man who is rich and powerful, and used to getting what he wants. Carolyn Jones is also great as a woman caught in the middle of the two men.
    No cop-outs, no easily resolutions. Just a great movie with a great cast.

    Best Wishes
    London- England