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

That's me boy.

Where are you going, lad?

- Whiskey!

- Whiskey!

Mungo, whiskey!



Get out.

Do you have any whiskey?

Get out or I'll call the guard.

He can't hear you.

- Who's he?

- That's my husband, Col. Marston.


I guess you have to dress

in a fancy uniform like this...

to have a woman like you.

If you don't leave,

you'll be severely punished, Mr. Cooper.

Mr. Cooper?

- You know me?

- I saw you enter the fort.

Capt. Riordan tells me

he hired you as a scout...

to protect us.

You don't have to worry

about anything, lady.

I'll protect you...

and your husband, too.

- You sure you ain't got any whiskey?

- Positive.

You must have some whiskey 'cause

the Colonel looks like a drinking man.

You've had too much to drink already.

Will you kindly return to your quarters?

You know, I'm really going to be glad

to meet the Colonel.

He dresses so fancy.

My husband isn't here, he's at Fort Medford.

He's at Fort Medford

on the other side of the forest?

I'm sorry to tell you, lady...

but you're a widow woman.

'Cause Red Cloud ain't gonna

let nobody build a fort in his back yard.

Please go.

What kind of woman are you?

Don't you cry when you hear

that your man's dead?

I like strong women.

Take your hands off me.

You're a drunken, filthy animal.

I'm not an animal.

And I wouldn't drink

your whiskey if you had any.

And I feel sorry for your husband.


What's the matter? Somebody shove you?

If I was an Indian,

you'd be a dead soldier, Luke.

- Where'd you come from?

- Where you should have been looking.

I haven't got eyes in the back of my head.

- You've got ears, haven't you?

- Yes.

- You'd better start using them.

- Yes.

If you don't, them Indians will be

wearing that bluecoat.

Yes, Jed.

How do you like your fish, Captain?

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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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