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The Last Command1955

The Last Command (1955)





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The Republic super-production The Last Command is a partial remake of the same studio's Man of Conquest (1939). But whereas the earlier film concerned itself with the exploits of Texas patriot Sam Houston, Last Command concentrates on Houston associate James Bowie, played by Sterling Hayden. When Texas is threatened by the armies of Mexican general Santa Ana (J. Carrol Naish), Bowie at first adopts a policy of peaceful coexistence. When this proves impossible, Bowie joins Davy Crockett (played as an irascible old cuss by Arthur Hunnicut) and the rest of the courageous defenders of the Alamo. The climactic confrontation between the heroes of the Alamo and Santa Ana is long in coming, but well worth the wait. Frank Lloyd's large-scale direction and the vibrant musical score of Max Steiner imbues Last Command with a "major studio" aura not often found in Republic productions.

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Sterling Hayden
as Jim Bowie
Richard Carlson
as William Travis
Ernest Borgnine
as Mike Radin
Arthur Hunnicutt
as Davy Crockett
J. Carroll Naish
as Santa Anna
Ben Cooper
as Jeb Lacey
John Russell
as Lt. Dickinson
Virginia Grey
as Mrs. Dickinson
Jim Davis
as Evans
Eduard Franz
as Lorenzo de Quesada
Otto Kruger
as Stephen Austin
Russell Simpson
as The Parson
Roy Roberts
as Dr. Sutherland
Hugh Sanders
as Sam Houston
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Critic Reviews for The Last Command

All Critics (4)

The exceptional variety of this cast is underlined and deepened by much stronger directing of the actors than is common in a genre where character psychology remains mostly conventional, hence superficial.

December 7, 2021 | Full Review…

The Last Command (1955) is not exceptional but is enjoyable.

February 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Starring Sterling Haydn, Ernest Borgnine and Anna Marie Alberghetti, this stodgily cooked slab of history is memorable only for its battle scenes, which are truly rousing.

June 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Historical Western that runs roughshod over history.

January 28, 2009 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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