3:10 to Yuma (1957)

Glenn Ford, Van Heflin and Felicia Farr Star

Suffering through a drought, with no money to pay the water rights for his dying cattle, Dan Evans agrees to escort captured outlaw Ben Wade by train to Yuma for $200. But first he has to get Wade to the station without getting killed by Wade’s gang.

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3:10 to Yuma

This iconic Western just goes to show: there’s nothing like the original! Stars Glenn Ford, Van Heflin and Felicia Farr with a haunting theme song sung by the legendary Frankie Laine.

In the 1880s Arizona Territory, small-scale rancher, Dan Evans and his two young sons, Mark and Matthew, are riding the drought-stricken land searching for their cattle. When Dan spots the errant bovines up ahead, he’s shocked to see the cows being used by thieves to block a stagecoach. As he and his sons look on, they witness a robbery and two murders carried out by notorious outlaw Ben Wade and his gang.

When Dan returns home, his wife Alice is shocked by his lack of outrage over the murders. But, as Dan explains, there were 12 of them…what was he supposed to do? Broken down by the three-year-long drought that threatens to ruin him, Dan is at his wits end. His neighbor charges $200 to use the stream that runs through his property, and Dan doesn’t have it. So, he sets off to town to see if he can get a loan.

What he finds there instead is the angry stagecoach owner, Butterfield, offering any man $200 to escort Ben Wade, the gang leader, to the 3:10 train to Yuma where he can be tried for his crimes. With no other options, Dan accepts the assignment and stays holed up in the local hotel with Wade.

Wade lays on the charm and keeps offering Ben more and more money to set him free. He points out that this assignment is almost certain death. Dan has very little backup, and Wade’s gang will stop at nothing to free their leader.

Ben is conflicted—and tempted—but he still has every intention of getting Wade on the 3:10 train to Yuma. That is…if he doesn’t die trying.