The Last Frontier

Synopsis: Crude and uncivilized backwoods trapper Jed Cooper and his two partners sign up as scouts in a remote Oregon army fort, manned chiefly by untrained rookie soldiers. Jed, flirting with the idea of leading a more settled life, decides he needs a woman to start the process, and selects Corinna Marston, the beautiful young wife of Colonel Marston, commander of the next fort down the line. Marston arrives and announces to commanding officer Captain Riordan that he has lost his fort and most of his men to an Indian attack and that he, as ranking officer, is assuming command. Riordan, a young, but sensible officer, is outraged when he learns that Marston, posted out west for having lost his 1500-man command during a Civil War battle, has ordered the entire fort's complement, totally unprepared for combat and outnumbered, to march out against experienced Indian warriors.
Director(s): Anthony Mann
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
98 min

Come ahead.

- Who runs this place, mister?

- I do.

You owe us for five horses,

three rifles and a year's trapping.

- What are you gonna do about it?

- What are you talking about?

What me friend means to say is...

that on account of your building this fort,

stirring up bad feelings...

we was relieved of them things

by Red Cloud.

- You had a run in with Red Cloud?

- Aye.

- How'd you get away?

- We never bothered Red Cloud.

I guess he don't think of us as white men.

I'd like to make good your loss

by giving you men jobs.

The Army needs scouts. We're too busy.

We've got too many places to go.

Wait a minute, Gus.

We ain't got no place to go.

- What'll you pay us?

- $25 a month per man.

Free room and board, guns,

all the ammunition you can use...

and you can keep whatever skins you hunt.

- You're trying to trap us, mister?

- Yes, I am.

We lost our commanding officer and scout

since we started building this fort...

so we're a little short-handed.

The Army needs men.

We get wear those blue coats?

Only soldiers wear uniforms.

No bluecoat, no scouting.

I can't let you enlist.

It wouldn't be right for you.

Why not?

You men are trappers.

You're used to a lot of freedom.

There are certain restrictions

a soldier serves under.

It'd be a tough life for you.

- You done your thinking?

- Canada.

I'll promise you this.

The moment you're ready

to become a soldier, I'll make you one.

You've my word on that.

I like him.

His face don't lie to me.

How about you, Mungo?

You got whiskey?

You can buy anything

inside the fort you want.

- I'll see that you get paid in advance.

- I like him, too.

It's leading us into a trap, you are.

Come on inside.

Parade, attention!

Present arms!

Order arms!

- Dismissed!

- Dismissed.

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Philip Yordan

Philip Yordan (April 1, 1914 – March 24, 2003) was an American screenwriter of the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s who also produced several films. He was also known as a highly regarded script doctor. Born to Polish immigrants, he earned a bachelor's degree at the University of Illinois and a law degree at Chicago-Kent College of Law. more…

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