The Last Outlaw (1936 film)

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The Last Outlaw
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Directed by Christy Cabanne
Screenplay by John Twist
Jack Townley
Story by John Ford
E. Murray Campbell
Produced by Samuel J. Briskin
Robert Sisk
Starring Harry Carey
Hoot Gibson
Cinematography Jack MacKenzie
Edited by George Hively
Music by Alberto Colombo
RKO Radio Pictures
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • June 12, 1936 (1936-06-12)(New York premiere) [1]
  • June 19, 1936 (1936-06-19) [1]
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Last Outlaw is a 1936 American Western film directed by Christy Cabanne from a screenplay by John Twist and Jack Townley. The original story was credited to "E. Murray Campbell" (Evelyne Murray Campbell, who wrote it in 1919) and John Ford, who directed the 1919 version. Harry Carey starred in both versions.


The premise has Carey as a notorious outlaw jailed in 1911. Twenty-five years later he is released, and finds that the world has moved on without him. His reputation as the terror of the west has been forgotten, and he has trouble adjusting to life in the city. He joins forces with the sheriff who originally caught him (Henry B. Walthall) to track down the new terror (Tom Tyler).

RKO Radio Pictures previewed the film with a running time of 73 minutes. It was edited to 68 minutes, and finally released as a standard "program western" running 62 minutes. In the trade it was considered a "sleeper", with a novel storyline and treatment. Variety reported that studio executives were upset about the picture being mishandled, and that it might have succeeded as a higher-budgeted "A" picture. In recent years the UCLA Film Archives restored the film to 72 minutes; this is the version shown on Turner Classic Movies today.


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  1. 1 2 "The Last Outlaw: Detail View". American Film Institute. Archived from the original on March 29, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014.