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Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)




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Just outside the small town of Pauley, a Native American woman is attacked by two riders on horseback, raped, and killed. Her husband, Matt Morgan (Kirk Douglas), the town marshal, has only two clues to their identity, a fancy saddle with the initials "C.B." that one of the men left behind, and the fact that his wife cut one of the two men deep across the cheek with a buggy whip. Morgan traces the saddle to Craig Belden (Anthony Quinn), an old friend and now a wealthy rancher in the town of Gun Hill, but he knows Belden well enough to know that he couldn't have had anything to do with attacking his wife. Morgan's arrival with Belden's saddle sets off ugly rumblings in Gun Hill, and when he confronts the rancher, he discovers that it was his son Rick (Earl Holliman) who had his horse and the saddle, and rode out with a cowhand friend of his, Lee (Brian G. Hutton) -- but they claim their horses were stolen. Belden tries to convince Morgan, and wants to believe himself that whoever stole the horses must have killed his wife, but when Morgan mentions the cut that one of the killers will have on his face, they both know the truth. He vows to take Rick and Lee back to Pauley to stand trial, while Belden swears he'll do anything it takes to protect his son. Belden is virtually all the law there is in Gun Hill -- the sheriff (Walter Sande) won't help Morgan serve his arrest warrants on the two men, or even let him use the jail to hold them until the last train that night; there's not a working man, a shopkeeper, or even a prostitute in the whole town that will go against the rancher, and Belden's foreman Beero (Brad Dexter) and his men will strongarm anyone who might start feeling brave. Only Linda (Carolyn Jones), a woman who has been both romanced and abused by Belden, will lift a finger on Morgan's behalf. The marshal is nothing if not resourceful, however, and Rick Belden is also too stupid for his own good, and manages to fall into Morgan's hands in short order. Very quickly, a standoff ensues, with Morgan holding Rick in one of Belden's buildings against virtually the entire town, while the deadline -- the last train out of Gun Hill that night -- approaches. People die and a chunk of Belden's holdings are destroyed, but Morgan is about to get Rick onto the train and off to trial when suddenly, one sudden act of violence destroys father and son in a matter of seconds.more
Rating: G
Genre: Western, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: James Poe
On DVD: Nov 9, 2004
Paramount Pictures


Kirk Douglas
as Marshal Matt Morgan
Anthony Quinn
as Craig Belden
Carolyn Jones
as Linda, Craig's Girl
Earl Holliman
as Rick Belden, Craig's...
Ziva Rodann
as Catherine Morgan
Val Avery
as Bartender
Walter Sande
as Sheriff Bartlett
Frank S. Hagney
as One of Craig's Men
Ty Hardin
as Cowboy
Lars Henderson
as Walter Sande
Len Hendry
as Man in Lobby
Jack Lomas
as Charlie
Mara Lynn
as Minnie
Mike Mahoney
as Drummer on Train
Hank Mann
as Storekeeper
Glenn Strange
as Saloon Bouncer
Julius Tannen
as Cleaning Man
Sid Tomack
as Roomer
Bob Scott
as Conductor
William Newell
as Hotel Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Last Train from Gun Hill

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Western stressing suspense, with some vivid characters and conversations.

Full Review… | August 16, 2012
Classic Film and Television

The drama is shallow and forced, though admittedly somewhat entertaining.

Full Review… | March 12, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Last Train from Gun Hill


Solid western with good performances across the board but Carolyn Jones is a particular standout.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer

Two western heavyweights clash as Douglas' path to revenge leads him to a tense showdown with cattle baron Anthony Quinn. Quality performances and well handled suspense from John (Magnificent Seven) Sturges.

xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

Arite, I got roped into watching this tonight but while I must admit I am not a big fan of westerns, (A History of Violence is in a class all by itself); I thought this one was darn good. A rock solid classic western with strong actors in two crusty old timers; Kirk Douglas plays a lawman determined to bring justice his wife's killers and avenge her rape and murder. The problem is that one of the killers turns out to be the only son of his best friend, a rich land and cattle baron played by Anthony Quinn. A great no nonsense script with a superb showdown.

Deb S

Super Reviewer

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