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The Last Frontier (1955)

Approved | | History, Romance, Western | 1955 (UK)
A trapper and his two partners work as scouts for a remote army fort where they witness an incompetent colonel's decision to throw his small unprepared garrison against Red Cloud's sizable Sioux force.

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Philip Yordan (screenplay), Russell S. Hughes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Victor Mature ... Jed Cooper
Guy Madison ... Captain Glenn Riordan
Robert Preston ... Col. Frank Marston
James Whitmore ... Gus
Anne Bancroft ... Corinna Marston
Russell Collins ... Captain Phil Clarke
Peter Whitney ... Sergeant Major Decker
Pat Hogan ... Mungo
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Storyline

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. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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The men, the women, the wilderness of America's most exciting days !


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Savage Wilderness See more »

Filming Locations:

Mexico See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (I've seen a 4-track mag striped print plus the mix heard today is in full stereo.)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Anne Bancroft and Victor Mature also appeared in Demetrius and the Gladiators (1954) See more »

Goofs

When Jed Cooper pulls the lookout Indian down from his perch with a lasso, the Indian is wearing a captured soldier's blue jacket, then when Jed kills the Indian with a knife, the jacket is off one arm. A long sleeve jacket like that cannot just fall off one arm without deliberately removing it. See more »

Quotes

Col. Frank Marston: [after being saved from the bear trap by Jed] She wouldn't let you do it, would she?
Jed Cooper: You're lucky, that's all.
Col. Frank Marston: Luck had nothing to do with it. I know my wife pretty well. She's a fine person.
Jed Cooper: Fine people can make mistakes too.
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Soundtracks

Me and My Dreams
(uncredited)
Written by Morris Stoloff, Fred Karger, Allan Roberts and Lester Lee
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Well made B Western deserves a look
22 September 2002 | by KayCarrollSee all my reviews

Robert Preston, not Preston Forster (alias Foster) does a fine job along with Victor Mature and James Whitemore in this "B" western filmed in color. It's fun to see the legendary Anne Bancroft in one of her first movies, before she returned to the stage in The Miracle Worker. Contrary to other opinions, if you are a real movie lover, The Last Frontier is well worth your time.


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