The Last Frontier

The Last Frontier

Anthony Mann (1955)

98min
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A majestic and brooding western from director Anthony Mann, set mostly at night, that is often ignored in studies of Mann's work. In the story of three fur trappers who take jobs as cavalry scouts after losing their pelts to Indians, Mann's use of early CinemaScope is exemplary, with splendid tracking and panning shots, and there's some fascinating political commentary about the civilising of noble savage Victor Mature. A pre-The Music Man Robert Preston is excellent as a single-minded military martinet, the young Anne Bancroft shows early promise as Preston's wife, but this film also marked the beginning of the decline in co-star Guy Madison's Hollywood career. And be warned: because much of the film takes place in darkness, the action may be rather hard to follow on television. Try turning up your contrast!

Summary

A backwoods trapper signs up as a cavalry scout at a fort manned by inexperienced soldiers, where he falls in love with a colonel's wife. On taking over command of the garrison, the officer plans to lead his men in a reckless attack on a hostile Indian tribe - and it is down to the frontiersman to save his comrades from a massacre. Western, starring Victor Mature, Robert Preston and Anne Bancroft.

Cast & Crew

Jed Victor Mature
Captain Riordan Guy Madison
Colonel Frank Marston Robert Preston
Gus James Whitmore
Corinna Marston Anne Bancroft
Captain Clark Russell Collins
Sergeant Major Decker Peter Whitney
Mungo Pat Hogan
Red Cloud Manuel Donde
Lieutenant Benton Guy Williams
Director Anthony Mann
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd

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