To the Last Man (1933)

  |  Romance, Western

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In Kentucky just after the Civil War, the Hayden-Colby feud leads to Jed Colby being sent to prison for 15 years for murder. The Haydens head for Nevada and when Colby gets out of prison he heads there also seeking revenge. The head of the Hayden family tries to avoid more killing but the inevitable showdown has to occur, complicated by Lynn Hayden and Ellen Colby's plans to marry.

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  • Jack La Rue in To the Last Man (1933)
  • Randolph Scott in To the Last Man (1933)
  • Randolph Scott and Jack La Rue in To the Last Man (1933)
  • Randolph Scott in To the Last Man (1933)
  • Randolph Scott and Jack La Rue in To the Last Man (1933)
  • Randolph Scott, Jack La Rue, Barton MacLane, and Esther Ralston in To the Last Man (1933)

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15 January 2017 | AlsExGal
| An early oater with some interesting touches
The film itself is an unusual Randolph Scott western which deals with a feud born in the hills of Kentucky that follows a family trying to settle in Nevada. Much of the story and dialog is typical of the standard westerns of the day, but there were a few aspects of the film which made it quite interesting, namely:

  • Esther Ralston playing the love interest. I can't recall seeing Esther in a film before, but here she is wonderful as a backwoods girl who doesn't take guff from any man. It's rather amazing to see such a strong female character who can ride a horse without a saddle and is willing to literally fight the bad guys right along with the men.

  • The violence from the bad guys is more realistically portrayed and was somewhat shocking to see for a film of this era. Sometimes you can become numb to standard Western action, but in this film the more realistic portrayal of the violence brings home the consequences of their actions.

Overall I enjoyed the film very much. There was also some very nice outdoor scenery shots. This is supposed to be Nevada but I'm not sure where it was actually filmed. The restored print that Turner Classic Films showed looked very good.

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Did You Know?


The 20 Zane Grey stories sold by Paramount to Favorite Films for theatrical re-release, and then to Unity Television Corporation for television broadcast are as follows: The Light of Western Stars/Winning the West (1930), Fighting Caravans/Blazing Arrows (1931), Heritage of the Desert/When the West Was Young (1932), The Mysterious Rider/The Fighting Phantom (1933), The Thundering Herd/Buffalo Stampede (1933), Man of the Forest/Challenge of the Frontier (1933), To the Last Man/Law of Vengeance (1933), Wagon Wheels/Caravans West (1934), Rocky Mountain Mystery/The Fighting Westerner (1935), Drift Fence/Texas Desperadoes (1936), Desert Gold/Desert Storm (1936), The Arizona Raiders/Bad Men of Arizona (1936), Arizona Mahoney/Arizona Thunderbolt (1936), Forlorn River/River of Destiny (1937), Thunder Trail/Thunder Pass (1937), Born to the West/Hell Town (1937), The Mysterious Rider/Mark of the Avenger (1938), Heritage of the Desert/Heritage of the Plains (1939), Knights of the Range/Bad Men of Nevada (1940), and The Light of Western Stars/Border Renegade (1940).


Ellen Colby: Hi, stranger.
Lynn Hayden: Glad I happened by.
Ellen Colby: I never seen a man I couldn't handle.


Around the 47 to 48 minute mark when Ellen Colby goes to kick the package that Lynn Haden has left on the rock you can see a car on the valley floor (actually filmed in Big Bear Lake, CA). It appears to be a Model T type. The time this story takes place is approximately 20 years after the end of the Civil War which would be around 1885. Such style of a vehicle was not invented yet and certainly few if any vehicles were in the "Nevada" hills on during that time.

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The opening credits feature the names and titles on printer-press paper, and subtitles name the actors and their roles when they first appear.


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