The Last Sunset (1961)

112 mins | Western | 1961

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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Day of the Gun . According to May and Jun 1960 HR news items, portions of The Last Sunset were shot in Aguascalientes, ... More Less

The working title of the film was Day of the Gun . According to May and Jun 1960 HR news items, portions of The Last Sunset were shot in Aguascalientes, Mexico. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
MAKEUP
Makeup
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Sundown at Crazy Horse by Howard Rigsby (New York, 1957).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Pretty Little Girl in the Yellow Dress," music and lyrics by Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Day of the Gun
Release Date:
1961
Premiere Information:
Chicago opening: 7 June 1961
Production Date:
at Estudios Churubusco, Mexico City
Copyright Claimant:
Bryna Productions
Copyright Date:
10 May 1961
Copyright Number:
LP25014
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Eastman Color
Duration(in mins):
112
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

American lawman Dana Stribling rides into Mexico in search of Brendan O'Malley, wanted for the murder of Dana's brother-in-law. He finds O'Malley working for John Breckenridge, a whisky-sodden cattleman readying his herd for a drive across the border to the Texas town of Crazy Horse. (O'Malley has been trying unsuccessfully to resume an affair he had 16 years before with Breckenridge's wife, Belle.) Dana, unable to serve his warrant in Mexico, signs on as a trail boss, but not before warning O'Malley that a showdown is imminent the minute they cross the border. Shortly after the trek begins, Breckenridge is killed in a barroom brawl. Dana and O'Malley take over the drive and, though still enemies, gradually develop a grudging admiration for each other. As the days pass, Belle and Dana fall in love and O'Malley is pursued by Belle's teenaged daughter, Missy. After some adventures along the way, the company arrives with the herd at the Rio Grande. Before crossing, Belle decides to celebrate. Missy dresses up in one of her mother's gowns, and O'Malley, startled by her resemblance to the Belle of 16 years ago, makes ardent love to her. Belle then confronts him with the knowledge that Missy is his daughter. Shattered by the revelation, O'Malley empties his pistol and permits Dana to kill him in their ... +


American lawman Dana Stribling rides into Mexico in search of Brendan O'Malley, wanted for the murder of Dana's brother-in-law. He finds O'Malley working for John Breckenridge, a whisky-sodden cattleman readying his herd for a drive across the border to the Texas town of Crazy Horse. (O'Malley has been trying unsuccessfully to resume an affair he had 16 years before with Breckenridge's wife, Belle.) Dana, unable to serve his warrant in Mexico, signs on as a trail boss, but not before warning O'Malley that a showdown is imminent the minute they cross the border. Shortly after the trek begins, Breckenridge is killed in a barroom brawl. Dana and O'Malley take over the drive and, though still enemies, gradually develop a grudging admiration for each other. As the days pass, Belle and Dana fall in love and O'Malley is pursued by Belle's teenaged daughter, Missy. After some adventures along the way, the company arrives with the herd at the Rio Grande. Before crossing, Belle decides to celebrate. Missy dresses up in one of her mother's gowns, and O'Malley, startled by her resemblance to the Belle of 16 years ago, makes ardent love to her. Belle then confronts him with the knowledge that Missy is his daughter. Shattered by the revelation, O'Malley empties his pistol and permits Dana to kill him in their showdown. +

Legend
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Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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