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The Last Wagon (1956)

Approved | | Adventure, Drama, Western | 21 September 1956 (USA)
Wagon train survivors of an Apache attack entrust the sheriff's prisoner, scout Comanche Todd, with their lives despite his wanted-for-murder status.

Director:

Delmer Daves

Writers:

James Edward Grant (screenplay), Delmer Daves (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Widmark ... Comanche Todd
Felicia Farr ... Jenny
Susan Kohner ... Jolie Normand
Tommy Rettig ... Billy
Stephanie Griffin ... Valinda Normand
Ray Stricklyn ... Clint
Nick Adams ... Ridge
Carl Benton Reid ... Gen. Howard
Douglas Kennedy ... Col. Normand
George Mathews ... Sheriff Bull Harper
James Drury ... Lt. Kelly
Ken Clark ... Sergeant
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Storyline

Accused of murdering three of Sheriff Bull Harper's brothers, the Comanche-reared white man, "Comanche" Todd, is captured and dragged to trial. Cautiously, as the two men ride across hostile Apache territory, they will join Colonel Normand's wagon train of women and children, only to be ambushed and massacred by the Indians whose families were slaughtered by the whites. Now, the few survivors have no other choice but to trust their dubious protector, Todd, as hundreds of vengeful Apaches track them down, thirsting for blood. Can they make it out alive? Written by Nick Riganas

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Nothing could stop the last wagon from coming through! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der letzte Wagen See more »

Filming Locations:

Bell Rock, Sedona, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,670,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

3 Channel Stereo (Westrex Recording System) (5.0) (L-R)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Average Shot Length = ~6.7 seconds. Median Shot Length = ~6.1 seconds. Both values are fast for a reasonably early CinemaScope film. See more »

Goofs

During the last third of the film, Tommy Rettig's hair goes from being long and fair, with a fringe, to being short and dark and brushed back and then back again on two occasions. See more »

Quotes

Sheriff Bull Harper: On foot through Apache country without no gun.
Cole Harper: Yeah.
Sheriff Bull Harper: This is his third day without food or water. I'm going to tell one and all that Commanche Todd was the bravest man I ever hung.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: 1873 Arizona Territory See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Screen Tests: Take 2 (1999) See more »

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Widmark reigns
10 March 2007 | by xredgarnetxSee all my reviews

As with the same year's BACKLASH, star Richard Widmark puts his stamp of authority on what otherwise might have been a routine Western. He ends up guiding what's left of a wagon train family to safety from the Apaches. Most of the survivors are not exactly thrilled with this wild and wooly frontiersman leading them anywhere, and it is all Widmark can do to keep them from painting big red targets on each other's chests and backs for the Indians to shoot at. LASSIE's Tommy Rettig is the juvenile in the group. The female leads are great to look at in a 1956 kind of way. With the exception of Nick "Johnny Yuma" Adams, none of the rest of this cast is particularly well known, but veteran director Delmer Daves keeps them in line and believable as a group of frightened tenderfeet. James Drury, who would go on to fame as THE VIRGINIAN on TV, is in the film for bit.


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