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The Last of the Fast Guns (1958)

Approved | | Western | July 1958 (USA)
On a mission to find a missing man in Mexico, gunfighter Brad Ellison learns that life is not as simple as it used to be.

Director:

George Sherman

Writer:

David P. Harmon
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jock Mahoney ... Brad Ellison
Gilbert Roland ... Miles Lang
Linda Cristal ... Maria O'Reilly
Eduard Franz ... Padre Jose
Lorne Greene ... Michael O'Reilly
Carl Benton Reid ... John Forbes
Edward Platt ... Samuel Grypton (as Edward C. Platt)
Eduardo Noriega ... Cordoba
Jorge Treviño Jorge Treviño ... Manuel
Rafael Alcayde Rafael Alcayde ... Alcalde
Lee Morgan ... Johnny Ringo
Milton Bernstein Milton Bernstein ... James Younger
Stillman Segar Stillman Segar ... Ben Thompson
José Chávez José Chávez ... Garcia (as José Chavez Trowe)
Francisco Reiguera Francisco Reiguera ... Pablo (as Francisco Reyguera)
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Storyline

A rich, dying Easterner hires gunfighter Brad Ellison to find his brother and heir in Mexico. En route, it becomes clear to Ellison that his is a dying profession. At a remote rancho, Ellison enlists ranch foreman Miles Lang to help him search the hills where the missing man is rumored to have lived. They find nothing ...except that someone wants to kill them; and Ellison becomes wrapped in a maze of double crosses. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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His Name Was Written With Bullets...

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Western

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Country:

USA | Mexico

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

July 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Western Story See more »

Filming Locations:

Tepoztlán, Morelos, Mexico See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Goofs

Two silver dollars play a part in this film. It is explained that they are "1794 Silver Dollars, the first from the US Mint." However what is actually displayed in the movie is the reverse side of a US silver dollar known as the Morgan Dollar, after its designer, George Morgan. This dollar was not minted until 1878 (Actually 1878-1904 and 1921.) Therefore, actual 1794 dollar coins were not shown. See more »

Quotes

Brad Ellison: You wanted to see me?
John Forbes: I wanted to see the winner.
Brad Ellison: Nobody wins in a gunfight.
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terrific script, but almost too smart toward the end
12 April 2008 | by gyokusaiSee all my reviews

This movie features one of the smartest Western scripts from the time, with a terrific plot line, sharp dialogs, and believable characters. The ending, as has been commented upon, is indeed “short and not settled with firearms,” but there’s three excellent reasons it had to be that way, related to character, plot, and story arch, respectively. I don’t want to spoil any of it, but you’ll see when you see it. You could say, though, that the script’s a little bit too tight-knit/too smart toward the end and maneuvered itself into some predictability. But everything else makes up for it. Another thing I liked about this ’58 movie was that it pretty much managed to avoid stereotyping, endemic to so many Westerns set against the background of the Rio Grande neighborhood. So I guess 9 out of 10 stars would be a fair call.


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