The Last Command

  • 1955
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Biography, Western

Hayden is American hero Jim Bowie, developer of the knife which bears his name and a Mexican citizen living in early 19th century Texas. When neighbors Borgnine and Carlson, American citizens, begin agitating for secession from Mexico, Hayden tries to recommend a course of moderation, finally getting into a knife-fight with Borgnine over the matter. When...read more

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Hayden is American hero Jim Bowie, developer of the knife which bears his name and a Mexican citizen living in early 19th century Texas. When neighbors Borgnine and Carlson, American citizens, begin agitating for secession from Mexico, Hayden tries to recommend a course of moderation,

finally getting into a knife-fight with Borgnine over the matter. When the repressive reactions to the unrest by Hayden's friend (Naish) bring tensions to the breaking point, however, Hayden sides with his Texan neighbors. They settle into the Alamo and wait for the siege, while Hayden finds time

to court Alberghetti, the daughter of a friendly Mexican landowner. The 187 men inside hold off 7,000 Mexican regulars for 13 days before the walls are breached and everyone within is killed. Wounded earlier, Hayden puts up a final fight from his cot. John Wayne had wanted to do this project for a

long time, but his negotiations fell through because either Republic head Herbert Yates shrank from the high-projected cost of the project for his struggling studio, or Wayne rejected the film when Yates refused to fund it unless Wayne's costar was Vera Hruba Ralston, the no-talent Czechoslovakian

refugee figure skater and resident star at Republic. Wayne had already worked with her on THE FIGHTING KENTUCKIAN (1949) and walked rather than do it again. Wayne's version of the story, THE ALAMO, would not be released until 1960, but Yates, seemingly to spite his departing star, rushed this

version into production. Although in sheer spectacle and production value it can't compare to the film Wayne was to make, THE LAST COMMAND offers compensatory pleasures like Hayden, Borgnine, and Carlson, a good script, and some exciting battle scenes.

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