The Last Command

The Last Command

Frank Lloyd (1955)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Remember the Alamo? No, not John Wayne's mammoth epic, but this slightly earlier account, directed by veteran Frank Lloyd on what must have been Republic Studios' highest-ever budget. The tale is well told, with star Sterling Hayden an impressive Jim Bowie and veteran character actor Arthur Hunnicutt portraying a grizzled and probably accurate Davy Crockett. Richard Carlson as William Barrett Travis actually makes the classic line in the sand with his sword that is curiously missing from Wayne's otherwise definitive version, and there's a healthy air of historical accuracy all round. The end result is enjoyable, even if it's lacking in stature.


Adventurer Jim Bowie returns to Texas during the 1830s and tries to quell the simmering antagonism between settlers and the Mexican government. However, as the Mexican army's aggression intensifies, he is forced to take up arms and fight in the historic battle at the Alamo. Western, starring Sterling Hayden, Arthur Hunnicutt, Anna Maria Alberghetti and Richard Carlson.

Cast & Crew

Jim Bowie Sterling Hayden
Consuela Anna Maria Alberghetti
William Travis Richard Carlson
Davy Crockett Arthur Hunnicutt
Mike Radin Ernest Borgnine
Santa Anna J Carrol Naish
Jeb Lacey Ben Cooper
Lt Dickinson John Russell
Director Frank Lloyd
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourGuidance: Edited for violence.Available on: video