Cover: 3:10 to Yuma Rating: 10
The Lonesome Whistle of a Train... bringing the gallows closer to a desperado--the showdown nearer to his captor!
Sep 23, 2007

Details

Director:Delmer Daves
Writer:Elmore Leonard, Halsted Welles
Producer:David Heilweil
Theatrical:1957
Rated:Unrated
Studio:Sony Pictures
Genre:Western
Duration:92
Awards:Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 win & 1 nomination
Languages:English
Sound:DTS
Aspect Ratio:1.85:1
Picture Format:Widescreen
Discs:1
Region:1
Release:Aug 2007

Summary

This fine western opens with Van Heflin as a rancher whose family is suffering from the devastatingeffects of a long drought. Heflin needs $200 to build a well, then learns he can obtain the money as a reward for delivering Glenn Ford, a notorious outlaw now in the hands of the law, to the state prison in Yuma, Arizona. Though this will put Heflin in great personal danger, the peaceful man accepts the assignment, knowing what the money will mean to his family. Heflin and Ford hole up in a small hotel in another town while waiting for the train to Yuma. The outlaw begins toying with Heflin's mind, talking in a friendly manner about Heflin's job and financial situation. Playing psychologicalgames, Ford tries to convince Heflin to take $100,000 to look the other way while he escapes. Heflin finds himself in a quandary, desperately needing the money yet being bound by his word to carry out the job. Ford's gang, led by Jaeckel, discovers where their leader is hidden and sets out to rescue him. The town officials abandon Heflin rather than put themselves in danger, leaving the troubled rancher alone to face off with the outlaws. Ford ends up assisting Heflin, helping his captor on the 3:10 to Yuma, explaining, 'I owed you that.' Heflin has come through the ordeal, body and integrityintact, and, as if in answer to this baptism by fire, the skies burst forth with rain, putting an end to the drought.

Credits

Glenn Ford ... Ben Wade
Van Heflin ... Dan Evans
Felicia Farr ... Emmy
Leora Dana ... Mrs. Alice Evans
Henry Jones ... Alex Potter, town drunk
Richard Jaeckel ... Charlie Prince
Robert Emhardt ... Mr. Butterfield, Stage Line Owner
Sheridan Comerate ... Bob Moons (Stagedriver's Brother)
George Mitchell ... Bartender
Robert Ellenstein ... Ernie Collins
Ford Rainey ... Bisbee Marshal
Al Clark ... Editor
George Duning ... Composer
Charles Lawton Jr. ... Cinematographer