3:10 TO YUMA (1957) B/W widescreen 92m dir: Delmer Daves
w/Van Heflin, Glenn Ford, Felicia Farr, Leora Dana, Henry Jones, Richard Jaeckel, Robert Emhardt, Sheridan Comerate, George Mitchell, Robert Ellenstein
In this terrific western drama, rancher Heflin, who needs money to build a well, takes the job of bringing notorious killer Ford to the State Prison in Yuma.
From The Movie Guide: "Much like HIGH NOON, this film deals with a man alone after town officials have passed on their duties, leaving him to face both his adversaries and his conscience. Daves's direction is gritty, confining much of the story to the small hotel room [where the rancher and the killer await the arrival of the train which will take them to Yuma], with a hard-hitting use of close-ups. His outdoor sequences are equally good, particularly the portrait of a land desperate for water. Heflin is superior in the role with his intense portrait of a man caught between personal needs and social duties. Ford is equally good, mixing amiable feelings with monstrous qualities. This is a landmark western, redefining what the genre was capable of doing, and is one of Daves's best works."