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

Cooper, if you were in uniform,

I'd lock you up.

Yes, Captain.

How do you like your fish?

- You left the fort without permission. Why?

- It's the best time of the year for trout.

Look, you just can't go wandering off

anytime you feel like it.

- What am I gonna do with you?

- Why don't you make me a soldier?

- No.

- Why not?

Because a soldier does more

than wear a blue uniform.

You mean, I'm not good enough for it.

Captain, I can leave. I don't have to stay

anywhere where I'm not wanted.

I want you to stay, Jed.

I like you. You're my friend.

What's wrong with me, Captain?

If you're my friend, tell me.

- You're just not civilized.

- What is this "civilized"?

I guess it's the opposite of being a savage.

You know,

even I have a hard time understanding you.

I understand you.

It's deeper than that, Jed.

You have to belong.

- Belong to what?

- To other people.

Me, Gus and Mungo. We've lived like that.

Ain't we people?

You gotta have a family. A wife, children.

Do you?

- I hope to, if I ever get out of here.

- That's what I'm gonna do, Captain.

Find me a woman, make some children,

get married and become civilized.

I won't go fool around

with these fish anymore until I tell you first.

I guess that's the first step, Jed.

Anything from Fort Medford?

Not yet, Phil. We've been trying

to get through all evening.

Would you like a fish?

No, thank you.

I want to thank you for not telling

the Captain about me getting drunk.

He might've been disappointed.

As soon as the snow falls...

I'm gonna go up in the mountains

and get you a bear skin.

- It will keep you warm for the winter.

- That isn't necessary.

How else am I gonna make friends with you?

Is that really important?


Sorry, Mrs. Marston.

We just can't get through.

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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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