Three Hours to Kill (1954)





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Three Hours to Kill is a "message" Western that manages to entertain without preaching. Jim Guthrie (Dana Andrews), unjustly accused of murder, is forced out of town by an angry mob. After several tough years living off the land, Guthrie returns to clear his name. Fearing that Guthrie is out for blood, the townsfolk arrange a "necktie party." The one person who might show some compassion is ex-fiancée Laurie Mastin (Donna Reed), who'd been left pregnant by Guthrie and had married another man on the rebound. But Laurie's brother was the murder victim, so she's just as determined to rid the world of Guthrie as everyone else. With the help of sympathetic Chris Plumber (Dianne Foster), Guthrie traps the real murderer. The mentality of mob rule is exposed for all its ugliness in Three Hours to Kill, ironic in that real-life Hollywood had been governed by mob pressure to enforce the Blacklist during the same period. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
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Dana Andrews
as Jim Guthrie
Donna Reed
as Laurie Mastin
Dianne Foster
as Chris Palmer
Stephen Elliott
as Sheriff Ben East
Richard Coogan
as Niles Hendricks
Laurence Hugo
as Marty Lasswell
James Westerfield
as Sam Minor
Richard Webb
as Carter Mastin
Felipe Turich
as Esteban
Arthur Fox
as Little Carter
Paul E. Burns
as Albert
Julian Rivero
as Dominquez
Robert A. Paquin
as Storekeeper
Elsie Baker
as Woman
Edward Earle
as Rancher
Syd Saylor
as Townsman
Sid Saylor
as Townsman
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I never dropped a drink in my life. Jim Guthrie is caught at the wrong place at the wrong time with the smoking gun of a crime he did not commit. He escapes the hanging and hides out for three years. He eventually returns to the town to hunt down the man truly responsible for the murder. "We're two of a kind...a pair of idiots." Alfred Werker, director of At Gunpoint, He Walked by Night, Shock, The Reluctant Dragon, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, and The Last Posse, delivers Three Hours to Kill. The storyline for this picture was just okay but came together well. The acting was solid but not epic and the cast includes Dana Andrews, Donna Reed, Carolyn Jones, and Whit Bissell. "Is there anything you believe in?" "Yeah. Living." This was recommended to me by Verizon Fios so I DVR'd it off Encore Western. This was above average and I enjoyed watching the plot and conclusion unfold. There were a couple good shootouts. This is an entertaining western that is worth a viewing but not a must see. "You married him because you needed him." Grade: C+

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