Three Hours to Kill

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Three Hours to Kill
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Directed by Alfred L. Werker
Produced by Harry Joe Brown
Written by Richard Alan Simmons
Roy Huggins
Maxwell Shane
Based ona story by Alex Gottlieb
Starring Dana Andrews
Donna Reed
Music by Paul Sawtell
Cinematography Charles Lawton Jr.
Edited by Gene Havlick
Color process Technicolor
Columbia Pictures
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • September 3, 1954 (1954-09-03)(New York City)
  • November 4, 1954 (1954-11-04)(United States)
Running time
77 minutes
CountryUnited States

Three Hours to Kill is a 1954 American Western film directed by Alfred L. Werker and starring Dana Andrews and Donna Reed. [1]


It inspired the 1956 Roger Corman film Gunslinger . [2]


Jim Guthrie (Dana Andrews) returns to town three years after being falsely accused of murdering Carter Mastin (Richard Webb). Jim finds that his old friend Ben East (Stephen Elliott) is now the sheriff. In a flashback, Jim recounts his near-lynching by a mob convinced he had shot Carter in the back. Laurie (Donna Reed), Carter's sister, who was planning on marrying Jim, disrupts the lynching, and Jim narrowly escapes. He still bears a neck scar from his ordeal. Ben gives Jim three hours to find the true killer. Through confrontations with several of the men who had been eager to hang him, Jim is led to the guilty man.


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