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3h10 to Yuma (1957)

The Lonesome Whistle of a Train... bringing the gallows closer to a desperado--the showdown nearer to his captor!

Original Title : 3:10 to Yuma
Director : Delmer Daves
Writer : Elmore Leonard
Halsted Welles
Genre : Western
Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : David Heilweil
Music : George Duning
Ned Washington
Photography : Charles Lawton Jr.
IMDB ID : 0050086
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3h10 to Yuma (1957) - Delmer Daves
 

Starring

Glenn Ford Ben Wade
Van Heflin Dan Evans
Felicia Farr Emmy
Leora Dana Mrs. Alice Evans
Henry Jones I
Richard Jaeckel Charlie Prince
Robert Emhardt Mr. Butterfield, Stage Line Owner
Sheridan Comerate Bob Moons (Stagedriver's Brother
 

Plot

After outlaw leader Ben Wade is captured in a small town, his gang continue to threaten. Small-time rancher Dan Evans is persuaded to take Wade in secret to the nearest town with a railway station to await the train to the court at Yuma. Once the two are holed up in the hotel to wait it becomes apparent the secret is out, and a battle of wills starts.
 

Comments

Not a classic, but almost The AFI keeps giving premature Life Achievement Awards to stars who either are getting it too soon (Tom Hanks, Jack Nicholson) or who don't really deserve it (Barbra Streisand).I know it's mostly a fundraising event: the award is usually given to anyone who is still alive and will show up with lots of celebrities to testify on their behalf.However, I can't think of anyone currently living who deserves it more than Glenn Ford.Although consistently taken for granted, here is an actor who has made scores of films in virtually every genre and played a wide variety of parts in all of them.In `3:10 to Yuma,' he's on the wrong side of the law for a change as a smooth talking outlaw leader who is captured by deceptively mild-mannered farmer Van Heflin.Heflin has to get Ford out of town on the 3:10 train before his gang can rescue him.The situation strains credulity on several points.1. I would think a jail cell would be a safer place to keep Ford than a hotel room, where he can look out the window and wave to a cohort.2. Heflin is always telling the manipulative Ford to shut up.Why doesn't he just put a gag on his mouth?Oh that's right, then there wouldn't have been a movie.3. The ending is unsatisfying.[POSSIBLE SPOILER ALERT]What I would like to have seen happen:Ford is accidentally shot by his own gang, while Heflin escapes on the train.(This is not what actually does happen.)Despite all these weaknesses, Delmer Daves' adroit direction (he was a master of the crane shot), and the excellent performances of Heflin and Ford manage to build up a lot of tension.`Yuma' just misses being a classic.
 
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