The Last Bandit (1949)

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    • The Last Bandit (1949)




      Plot Summary
      About to marry Jim Plummer, Kate Foley runs off to Nevada when Ed Bagley convinces her a quick fortune can be made robbing gold shipments that are being transported by the railroad. In Bannock City she meets reformed-bandit Frank Plummer, posing as Frank Norris, brother of Jim Plummer, who has being going straight and working as an express shipment guard. Jim also shows up and plans a robbery by stealing a train and hiding it in an abandoned tunnel. The two brothers are on opposite sides of the law with the now-reformed Kate caught in the middle.
      Written by Les Adams

      Bill Elliott ... Frank Norris / Frank Plummer (as William Elliott)
      Lorna Gray ... Kate Foley / Kate Sampson (as Adrian Booth)
      Forrest Tucker ... Jim Plummer
      Andy Devine ... Casey Brown
      Jack Holt ... Mort Pemberton
      Minna Gombell ... Winnie McPhail
      Grant Withers ... Ed Bagley
      Virginia Brissac ... Kate's Mother
      Louis Faust ... Hank Morse (as Louis R. Faust)
      Stanley Andrews ... Jeff Baldwin
      Martin Garralaga ... Patrick Moreno
      Joseph Crehan ... Local No. 44 Engineer
      Charles Middleton ... Blindfolded Circuit Rider
      and many more...

      Joseph Kane

      Writing Credits
      Thames Williamson ... (screenplay)
      Luci Ward ... (story) and
      Jack Natteford ... (story)

      Joseph Kane ... associate producer

      R. Dale Butts
      Jack A. Marta

      Final film of veteran character actor Charles Middleton.

      Crazy Credits
      Opening credits are displayed as pages of a book

      Revealing mistakes
      When proprietor Winnie McPhail of the Square Deal Casino opens a closet door
      in a room above the saloon, it appears to look out over an outdoor tree line on the horizon

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Brandeis Ranch, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Fillmore & Western Railroad, Fillmore, California, USA
      Iverson Ranch - 1 Iverson Lane, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Red Rock Canyon State Park - Highway 14, Cantil, California, USA
      Soledad Canyon, California, USA
      Vasquez Rocks Natural Area Park - 10700 W. Escondido Canyon Rd., Agua Dulce, California, USA

      Watch the Movie

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      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • The Last Bandit (1949)

      The Last Bandit is a 1949 American Western film directed by
      Joseph Kane and starring Bill Elliott, Lorna Gray and Forrest Tucker.

      It was a remake by Republic Pictures of the 1941 film The Great Train Robbery
      with a larger budget and using the studio's Trucolor process.
      The film was remade again in 1952 as South Pacific Trail.

      Look out for Duke 'Pals', Forrest Tucker
      Andy Devine , Grant Withers

      User Review

      Author: dougdoepke from Claremont, USA
      23 February 2008

      doug wrote:

      Solid A-Western from lowly Republic Pictures. Unusually good performances from a larger than average cast. True, Elliot doesn't get much chance to show his special brand of ornery, but Tucker, Booth and Withers (Bagley) show their best stuff, and even Devine manages not to get too cute. Some good touches-- the hillbilly break-dancer, the scrawny comic-drunk, and the old-lady mastermind. Also, the bewhiskered guy playing the sheriff doesn't get many lines, but sure adds color and an authentic look. Then too, the plot of two brothers on opposite sides of the law and the girl, is saved from cliché by the imaginative train sequences, including a great avalanche effect from the best in the business, the Lydecker brothers.

      Obviously Republic popped a bundle considering the scenic location shots and the train expense. Actually, my favorite scene is not an action-filled one; it's the office scene where the bigshots try to sort out blame for the gold robbery. It's really a special touch because most Westerns would not bother with talk about how robbery affects business types and high finance. Making one a Mexican is also an imaginative addition. The only reason I tuned in is because I'm an Elliot fan, but I've got to admit the movie was much better than expected. Old Joe Kane may not have been much of an artist, but as a director of Westerns, he never made a boring one.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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