Three Hours to Kill

Three Hours to Kill

Director: Alfred L. Werker, Dana Andrews, Donna Reed, Dianne Foster

Cast: Alfred L. Werker, Dana Andrews, Donna Reed, Dianne Foster

     
 
Three Hours to Kill is a "message" Western that manages to entertain without preaching. Jim Guthrie (Dana Andrews), unjustly accused of murder, is forced out of town by an angry mob. After several tough years living off the land, Guthrie returns to clear his name. Fearing that Guthrie is out for blood, the townsfolk arrange a "necktie party." The one person who

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Three Hours to Kill is a "message" Western that manages to entertain without preaching. Jim Guthrie (Dana Andrews), unjustly accused of murder, is forced out of town by an angry mob. After several tough years living off the land, Guthrie returns to clear his name. Fearing that Guthrie is out for blood, the townsfolk arrange a "necktie party." The one person who might show some compassion is ex-fiancée Laurie Mastin (Donna Reed), who'd been left pregnant by Guthrie and had married another man on the rebound. But Laurie's brother was the murder victim, so she's just as determined to rid the world of Guthrie as everyone else. With the help of sympathetic Chris Plumber (Dianne Foster), Guthrie traps the real murderer. The mentality of mob rule is exposed for all its ugliness in Three Hours to Kill, ironic in that real-life Hollywood had been governed by mob pressure to enforce the Blacklist during the same period.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Three Hours to Kill is a taut little Western that, if not a great film, still deserves to be better known than it is. As in most traditional Westerns, there's a strict moral code that pervades Kill; in this instance, it's the importance of a man's "good name" and the defense of his character. The Dana Andrews character could easily have started his life over and lived it happily in a town many miles away. After all, in the Old West, there was land, and plenty of it. But his character can't live a lie; he must clear his name, even if he has to risk his life to do so. That Andrews plays this with an underlying sense of anger makes his character that much richer and more human. Indeed, it's Andrews' performance that really raises Kill a slight notch above average; it's a tough, compelling turn that allows the actor to carry the picture on his own. He gets help from the excellent supporting cast, as well as from a good, well-crafted screenplay and suitably simple direction. Ultimately, though, it's Andrews that makes Three Hours to Kill stand out from many other Westerns of the period.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/01/2011
UPC:
0043396378544
Original Release:
1954
Rating:
NR
Source:
Sony Pictures Home
Time:
1:17:00
Sales rank:
43,309

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dana Andrews Jim Guthrie
Donna Reed Laurie Mastin
Dianne Foster Chris Plumber
Richard Coogan Niles Hendricks
James Westerfield Sam Minor
Richard Webb Carter Mastin
Carolyn Jones Polly
Charlotte Fletcher Betty
Felipe Turich Esteban
Francis McDonald Vince
Elsie Baker Woman
Whit Bissell Deke
Paul E. Burns Albert
Edward Earle Rancher
Stephen Elliott Ben East
Frank S. Hagney Cass
Reed Howes Actor
Hank Mann Man
Julian Rivero Dominquez
Buddy Roosevelt Drunk
Sid Saylor Townsman

Technical Credits
Alfred L. Werker Director
George Brooks Art Director
Harry Joe Brown Producer
Alex Gottlieb Original Story
Gene Havlick Editor
Roy Huggins Screenwriter
Charles Lawton Cinematographer
Paul Sawtell Score Composer
Maxwell Shane Screenwriter
Richard Alan Simmons Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Three Hours to Kill
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [9:59]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [9:59]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [9:59]
8. Chapter 8 [6:44]

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