3:10 to Yuma Reviews
The story concerns Van Heflin, a small-time rancher whose gang captures a murderous robber, Ben Wade (played by Glenn Ford). After Heflin tries to put him on the 3:10 to Yuma train, his gang are not impressed and they try to free him.
The two leads give very good performances, and Daves' direction does not get in the way of the action. The screenplay by Halsted Welles is very well written, and this is one western that is worth watching, with the dramatic moments keeping you on the edge-of-your-seat and there is a good amount of tension as well.
It is the constant battle, moral and mental, between outlaw Ben Wade (played by Glenn Ford) and his captor Dan Evans (played by Van Heflin) that make this movie interesting. So many opportunities for Evans to do something different, something unethical, but will he take them.
It is the performances of Ford, especially, and Heflin that make this movie watchable.
I enjoyed the 2007 remake more. Wasn't brilliant, but flowed better and while it had some plotholes and implausibilities, they weren't as bad as in the 1957 movie.