3:10 to Yuma (1957)
|Key Cast||Glenn Ford, Van Heflin, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana, Henry Jones, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Emhardt|
|Film Type||Black and White|
|Genre(s)||Western, Action, Drama|
Glenn Ford makes evil look easy
“3:10 to Yuma” is the 1957 western in which Glenn Ford, as outlaw Ben Wade, makes evil look like an attractive option.
Wade is being escorted from the western town of Bisbee to Contention, where a train will take him to his presumed hanging in Yuma, Arizona. Escorting him to the train is Dan Evans (Van Heflin), a struggling farmer who needs the $200 reward money. (Thanks to the drought that has ruined his ranch.) Similar to the famous western drama, High Noon, Dan Evans is a man who is doing this task alone and with great personal risk.
First, Evans must bring Wade home to his ranch (and his unknowing family) overnight to keep Wade’s gang from knowing their boss’s whereabouts.
Later a psychological thriller ensues as Wade tries to finagle his way out of the Contention hotel room where he is being kept until it is time to catch the 3:10 train to Yuma.
The inexperienced Evans proves to be formidable to Wade, because he is determined to put Wade on the train, despite a tempting financial offer and the possibility of getting killed by Wade’s ruthless gang.
“3:10 to Yuma” is one of Glenn Ford’s most compelling roles because he plays against his usual type as the sinister-yet-charming outlaw in this gripping classic western.
» “3:10 to Yuma” is based on a story written by Elmore Leonard in 1953. The film version expands on Leonard’s “3:10 to Yuma” story by focusing on the psychological tension between the hero (Evans) and villain (Wade). Elmore Leonard was a very successful writer who had three of his western novels turned into movies: 3:10 to Yuma, The Tall T, and Hombre. Over the span of his career, Leonard wrote all kinds of books and stories. When Leonard began his writing career, he focused on westerns, but later in life he began writing more crime novels and suspense thrillers. In addition to having some of his books made into western movies, Leonard also has had his some of his other works made into movies and television shows.
» After the enormous success of the western film, High Noon, in 1952, psychological westerns became very popular. The studios rushed to make more of them because of their enormous box office potential. ”3:10 to Yuma” is considered one of the best of these 1950s psychological westerns. Also, many critics consider this film to be one of director Delmer Dave’s best western films. Some of Delmar Dave’s other western films are: Broken Arrow, The Last Wagon and The Hanging Tree.
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This is the best release of this classic western with digital restoration of the original movie to 4K-level quality. You can purchase it on Blu-Ray or DVD. Click on the button below to go to a page with more purchase details.
Bonus features include:
- • Interview with Glenn Ford’s son Peter Ford
- • Interview with Elmore Leonard the author of the 3:10 to Yuma story
- • A booklet featuring an essay by critic Kent Jones
3:10 to Yuma Movie DVD
Glenn Ford stars in this suspenseful western as a notorious outlaw whose gang is trying to break him free from Van Heflin’s watchful custody. As the clock ticks, the tension grows.
This is one of the best psychological tension westerns made in the 1950s. Many critics consider this the best western film made by director Delmar Daves.
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