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The Last Command (1955)

Approved | | History, War, Western | 3 August 1955 (USA)
Moderate Jim Bowie leads rebellious Texicans--and Davy Crockett--in a last-ditch stand against his old friend, Santa Anna.

Director:

Frank Lloyd

Writers:

Warren Duff (screenplay), Sy Bartlett (story)
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Director: Peter Levin
Stars: Sam Elliott, Claudia Christian, Devon Ericson
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sterling Hayden ... Jim Bowie
Anna Maria Alberghetti ... Consuelo de Quesada
Richard Carlson ... William B. Travis
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Davy Crockett
Ernest Borgnine ... Mike Radin
J. Carrol Naish ... Gen. Antonio Lopez de Santa Ana
Ben Cooper ... Jeb Lacey
John Russell ... Lt. Dickinson
Virginia Grey ... Mrs. Dickinson
Jim Davis ... Ben Evans
Eduard Franz ... Lorenzo de Quesada
Otto Kruger ... Stephen F. Austin
Russell Simpson ... The Parson
Roy Roberts ... Dr. Summerfield
Slim Pickens ... Abe
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Storyline

During the Texas War of Independence of 1836 American frontiersman and pioneer Jim Bowie pleads for caution with the rebellious Texicans.They don't heed his advice since he's a Mexican citizen,married to the daughter of the Mexican vice-governor of the province and a friend to General Santa Anna since the days they had fought together for Mexico's independence.After serving as president for 22 years,Santa Anna has become too powerful and arrogant.He rules Mexico with an iron fist and he would not allow Texas to self-govern.Bowie sides with the Texans in their bid for independence and urges a cautious strategy,given Santa Anna's power and cunning.Despite the disagreement between the Texicans and Bowie regarding the right strategy they ask Bowie to lead them in a last ditch stand, at Alamo, against General Santa Anna's numerically superior forces. Written by nufs68

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Shoulder to shoulder they wrote the proudest chapter in the history of Texas. For these were the men --- Jim Bowie, Davy Crocckett and the rest --- who held a mighty army at bay from within the battered walls of...THE ALAMO! See more »

Genres:

History | War | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

3 August 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Texas Legionnaires See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,193,939 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Trucolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

This film was produced after an argument erupted between John Wayne and Republic's founder, Herbert J. Yates, over Wayne's desire to star in and direct his own version of the battle at the Alamo. Wayne and Yates, who used to talk regularly, never spoke to each other again. Ironically, when Wayne returned to Bracketvillle, TX--where this film was shot--five years later to make his own version of it, The Alamo (1960), he used many of the still-standing sets that were used in this film. See more »

Goofs

Davy Crockett's name was David Crockett. His nickname seems to have been applied retroactively. The Wikipedia article shows an advertisement for a clipper ship in Coleman's California Line named "David Crockett". The Crockett figure in the ad is also incorrectly shown as unshaven. See more »

Connections

Version of The Alamo (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

Jim Bowie
by Sidney Clare and Max Steiner
Sung by Gordon MacRae
A Capitol Recording Artist
Arranged by Van Alexander (uncredited)
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Spectacular and exciting adaptation about ¨ El Alamo¨ with epic finale battle
7 September 2005 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

In the habitual group of various characters we find the starring Jim Bowie of ¨Bowie knife¨ fame (Sterling Hayden) who held command until stricken with typhoid-pneumonia , Colonel William Barret Travis (Richard Carlson) , commander of the small garrison of some 180 men and Davy Crockett of Tenesse (Arthut Hunnicutt) who had arrived with a dozen volunteers . They're guarding El Alamo against a Mexican militia commanded by General Antonio Lopez De Santa Anna , President of Mexico (J. Carroll Nash) . They're featured in more realistic roles than successive films , though here predominates the melodrama . It's a spectacular film hampered by a tiring screenplay and including Max Steiner's excellent score with a title song by Gordon McRae . The motion picture well produced by Republic's founder , Herbert J. Yates, was professionally directed by Frank Lloyd . Subsequently , five years later , John Wayne made his own retelling : ¨El Álamo¨ (1960) , utilizing a lot of the still-standing sets that were used in this movie .

The film is rightly based on historic events , these are the followings : On 23 February 1836 a army of 5000 entered San Antonio. When Santa Anna demanded the surrender, William Travis answered with a cannon shot. So began thirteen day siege that ended with the Mexicans storming the fortress, the defenders, to a man , fought on until death .With bugles sounding the ¨deguello¨(signifying no quarter to the defenders) attacked the adobe walls from all four sides and broke through. Travis was shot dead over his cannon . Crockett using his rifle as a club, fell under a swarm of the enemy . Bowie fought to the last from his sickbead. The Mexicans had won a Pyrrhic victory suffering more than 1500 casualties. Forty six days after the fall ,less than 800 Texans and American volunteers led by General San Houston defeated Santa Anna and his army of 1300 at San Jacinto. Shouting ¨Remember the Alamo¨ Houston's men completely routed the Mexicans in a matter of minutes, killing 630 while losing only 8. Santa Anna was captured, and the Republic of Texas was born.


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