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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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Cast

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
Richard Webb
as Carter Mastin
Arthur Fox
as Little Carter
Julian Rivero
as Dominquez
Robert A. Paquin
as Storekeeper
Edward Earle
as Rancher
Syd Saylor
as Townsman
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