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3:10 To Yuma

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

3:10 to Yuma (Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Tagline – Drink the whisky… Love the woman… Try to stay alive till the 3:10 pulls out of town!

Starring – Glenn Ford (Ben Wade), Van Heflin (Dan Evans), Felicia Farr (Emmy), Richard Jaeckel (Charlie Prince).

Released – August, 1957

Directed By – Delmer Daves

Produced By – Columbia Pictures Corporation

Distributed By – Columbia Pictures Corporation

Description – Small-time rancher Dan Evans is struggling, along with his family, to survive. They are in the midst of a serious drought that threatens to wipe out their very existence.

While riding with his two sons they witness a stagecoach robbery, but are powerless to do anything. Outlaw Ben Wade now ups the ante by coldly murdering both the stagecoach driver and one of his own men who the driver was using as a shield.

After the robbery and murder, Wade and his men ride into Bisbee, Arizona and head for the saloon. Not wanting to stay too long, for fear of a posse, the men are ready to leave. Ben decides to stay a little longer in order to romance a barmaid.

The posse does arrive and Ben is captured. His most loyal follower, Charlie Prince, escapes and let’s the other members of the gang know of Ben’s capture. The people of the town are fearful of what the gang might do and come up with a plan to get Ben out of Bisbee. The plan will require the help of two volunteer’s to sneak Wade to the town of Contention and onto the afternoon train… the 3:10 to Yuma.

The stageline owner offers $200. to anyone who will volunteer. After nearly three years of drought, and desperate for the money, Dan Evans volunteer’s. The only other man in town to volunteer is the town drunk.

Their journey begins with a stop at Dan’s ranch where Wade charms Dan’s wife just to get under his skin. After dark, the group head to Contention City arriving at daybreak. They take a room at the hotel and begin the long wait for the train to Yuma.

Here the psychological game begins. Wade reminds Dan of his wife and family and what might happen to them if Dan is killed. He also tries to bribe Dan with enough money to help him save his ranch. Nothing works.

As the hours pass, Wade’s gang arrives in town with the threat that anyone who tries to get Wade on the train will be killed. It’s now 3 o’clock and time to get to the train platform. Fate will dictate the next few minutes and just how much blood will be shed.

NOTABLE: 3:10 to Yuma was filmed at the Columbia/Warner Brothers Ranch in Burbank, California, on location in Arizona, near Elgin, Sedona, Willcox, Texas Canyon and in the Old Tucson historic district.

Glenn Ford was originally offered the role of Dan Evans. He refused, preferring the role of Ben Wade.


Monday, May 7th, 2012


Tagline – Not Every Gun is Pointed at the Enemy!

Starring – Jack Palance (Lt. Joe Costa), Eddie Albert (Capt. Erskine Cooney), Lee Marvin (Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett), Robert Strauss (Pfc. Bernstein), Richard Jaeckel (Pvt. Snowden), Buddy Ebsen (Sfc. Tolliver).

Released– October, 1956

Directed By – Robert Aldrich

Produced By – The Associates and Aldrich Company

Distributed By – United Artists

Description – Fragile Fox Company is stationed in Belgium during the close of World War II. They are commanded by Capt. Erskine Cooney, an officer better suited to stateside duty than the front lines.

His men are suffering increasing casualties, due in large part to Capt. Cooney’s lack of leadership and fear of combat. His inability to make crucial decisions regarding the support of his own troops is proving fatal.

Battle weary Lt. Joe Costa knows Cooney was given command of the unit because of his “connections,” and owes his position to Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett. Costa’s patience is running thin. The men believe in and respect Costa, but are at the mercy of Cooney’s command. As Pfc. Bernstein once put it, regarding Cooney and Bartlett, “When you salute them two, you have to apologize to your arm.”

The Battle of the Bulge is beginning and the familiar and deadly circumstances faced in the past are shaping up all over again. Lt. Col. Clyde Bartlett orders Capt. Cooney to take the town of La Nelle and hold it.

Without knowing if the town is occupied by the German’s or not, Capt. Cooney balks at the suggestion of a full attack, and orders Lt. Costa to undertake a reconnaissance mission. Lt. Costa has no choice but to accept the mission, and reminds Cooney that, if needed, he had better send in reinforcements and not leave them to die.

As Lt. Costa, and a handful of his men, approach the town they come under heavy fire by the Germans. Most are killed or wounded and the remaining men take cover in a farmhouse. Costa calls Cooney for help, but the help never comes as Capt. Cooney has snapped under the pressure and started drinking.

A smart and deceptive move allows Lt. Costa and his men to escape from the farmhouse and make their way back to the base. However, things are going from bad to worse as a squad of German Panzer Tanks are enabling the German’s to slowly overrun the base.

Capt. Cooney is under fire from his superiors regarding his gutless actions as the situation becomes worse with every passing minute. As the men of Fragile Fox Company fight for their lives, the man in the most danger of all is cowardly Capt. Cooney, as Lt. Costa has come back to kill him.

NOTABLE: The U. S. Defense Department refused to provide technical assistance, tanks, troops, or uniforms for the film due to the portrayal of U. S. Military officers as being cowardly, or political manipulators.

Attack was produced without the benefit of a big budget. The entire film was shot on the RKO lot in only 35 days with a modest budget of $750,000 – 850,000.

In Attack, Eddie Albert plays the role of cowardly Capt. Cooney. In real life, this could not be further from the truth. Albert served heroically in World War II and is credited with braving heavy enemy fire to rescue 70 wounded Marines. Jack Palance and Lee Marvin are also veterans of the war.