Last Train from Gun Hill

Synopsis: The wife of marshal Matt Morgan is raped and murdered. The killers leave behind a distinctive saddle, that Morgan recognises as belonging to his old friend Craig Belden, now cattle baron in the town of Gun Hill. Belden is sympathetic, until it transpires that one of the murderers is his own son Rick, whom he refuses to hand over. Morgan is determined to capture Rick and take him away by the 9.00 train; but he is trapped in the town alone, with Belden and all his men now looking to kill him.
Genre: Romance, Western
Director(s): John Sturges
Production: Paramount Pictures
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min

Where you going in such a hurry?

Come on, honey, not so fast, huh?

Slow down a little.

- Giddup!

- How about a drink, squaw-missy?


Hi, Marshal!

Marshal Morgan!

- Marshal!

- Marshal!

Hey, what is this? A raid?

Where's Petey? He's not at the house.

At the reservation with his mother,

visiting her folks.

They'll be back this afternoon. Why?

Got a business deal cooking with Petey?

He was gonna show us the gun

you killed the Bradley boys with.

- He was, was he?

- And then how you did it.

- You've heard that story lots of times.

- You tell us.

- Come on, Mr Morgan!

- I got work to do.

- Come on!

- Come on!

All right! Come on.

What's this?

Feeding the kids hokey-pokey about

the old days. The Bradley Brothers.

I was at the window

when I first heard them, like this.

- That wasn't hokey-pokey.

- I don't think they believe half of it.

I opened the door very easy...

...very easy.

Where the ice-cream parlour is, there

used to be a dance hall, an evil place...

- Pink Poodle.

- That's right.

One of the Bradleys was up on the roof.

Jeb, over there with a shotgun.

And right across the street was Frank.

Boy, he was a real mean one!

Wish I'd been around in the olden times.

- Yes, those sure were the olden times.

- Must have been nine, ten years ago.

Don't even hear a gun

in the territory any more.

Be glad of that. Now, I was standing here

just so, my hands at my side.

And I tell you, I expected to hear

those guns go off any minute.

Bam! Bam!

- See those bullet holes?

- One was from Jeb Bradley.

- And the other from Frank.

- Now, don't go rushing me, boys.

Those Bradleys were a mean bunch.

- Then what'd you do, Marshal?

- Well, I tell you, sir, I drew.


What happened, son, tell me.

Here, calm down, son.

Here, tell your dad.

- Where's your mother?

- Back on the road.

What happened, Petey?

Andy, get some help!






Rick Belden! Where you been hiding

yourself, boy? Sure have missed you.

Is that right, Minnie? What did you miss

about me? I don't understand.

I don't have to draw no pictures for you.

- What happened to your face?

- Vamoose, Minnie. I'm busy right now.

Looks like somebody scratched you.

Somebody with long fingernails.

I told you to go.

Does me good to see somebody scratch

you for a change. It's nice and deep.

- I said mind your own business.

- That's no way to treat a girl.

- What else you got to say?

- Hold it...

Something to say?

Anybody got something to say, say it!

All right. Come on, kid, let's go.

- What do you want?

- Nothing.

It's your pappy.

You borrowed something

of his and didn't return it.

Let's go. Your pappy's mighty

unhappy about you, boy.

All right. Now, tell me again.

How did he lose it?

We stopped for a beer, Mr Belden.

Somebody must have thieved the horses.

- While you was having your beer, right?

- That's how it looks, Mr Belden.

- What town did you say this was?

- Pawley. You know Pawley, Mr Belden.

Oh yes, yes, I know Pawley. Ain't been

a horse stole in Pawley in ten years.

- They're very civilised in Pawley.

- Somebody didn't know the rules.

- Here he is, Mr Belden.

- Hey, hey, hiya, boy!

Hey, Pa!

- Have a nice trip?

- Fine.

Hear you came by train.

Where are the horses?

- I don't know.

- Lee says they got stole. Right?

- Yes. We was having a beer in Pawley.

- You took my saddle. Is that stole, too?

Yes, sir.

That saddle means a lot to me.

- Yes, sir, I know.

- I want it back.

I figured I could pay you for it. You can

take it out of my wages every month.

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James Poe

James Poe (October 4, 1921 – January 24, 1980) was an American film and television screenwriter. He is best known for his work on the movies Around the World in 80 Days for which he jointly won an Academy Award in 1956, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Summer and Smoke, Lilies of the Field, and They Shoot Horses, Don't They?. He also worked as a writer on the radio shows Escape and Suspense, writing the scripts for some of their best episodes, most notably "Three Skeleton Key" and "The Present Tense", both of which starred Vincent Price. Poe was married to actress Barbara Steele from 1969 to 1978. more…

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