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Last Hunt, The (MGM 1956, Stewart Granger, Robert Taylor)



Veteran screenwriter and director Richard Brooks made a rare diversion from urban dramas like Deadline USA (1952) and Blackboard Jungle (1955) with this chilling story about a vicious buffalo hunter (Robert Taylor) who hunts down animals with equal parts joy and brutality. When he teams up with former hunter Sandy McKenzie (Stewart Granger), the two men clash and soon McKenzie must fight for his life.

The movie was filmed entirely on location in Custer National Park, North Dakota. The scenes of the buffalo being killed comes from stock footage of buffalo population control.

production details
USA | MGM | 108 minutes | 1956

Director: Richard Brooks
Producer: Dore Schary
Cinematography: Russell Harlan
Editor: Ben Lewis
Music: Daniele Amfitheatrof
Script: Ken Russell
Production Design: Cedric Gibbons, Merrill Pye

Fred Graham as Bartender
Stewart Granger as Sandy McKenzie
Robert Taylor as Charlie Gilson
Ralph Moody as Indian agent
Lloyd Nolan as Woodfoot
Debra Paget as Indian girl
Russ Tamblyn as Jimmy O’Brien
Joe De Santis as Ed Black
Ainslie Pryor as Buffalo hunter #1
Constance Ford as Peg