Is 3:10 To Yuma Based On A True Story? The Popular Western Film Truth

3:10 to Yuma is a popular American Western film which is based on Elmore Leonard’s 1953 short story  ‘Three-Ten to Yuma’.

The movie first premiered in 1957 and was directed by Delmer Daves. Daves 3:10 to Yuma was appreciated for its suspense and its cinematography.

The remake of the movie was made in 2007 and its director was James Mangold. Mangold’s 3:10 to Yuma took inspiration from the original Daves movie and  Leonard’s short story.

The remake was successful among the critics and was well-received by the audience.

Its main theme song ‘The 3:10 to Yuma’ is very popular, the song was written by George Duning and Ned Washington and was sung by Frankie Laine.

Is 3:10 To Yuma Based On A True Story?

The movie’s plot is so well-written and was presented to the audience so realistically that it made fans wonder if the movie is based on a true story.

The answer to these wondering thoughts is no, 3:10 to Yuma is not based on a true story. The plot is very riveting that we can’t blame anyone for confusing it for the real story.

 The movie is set in the Arizona territory in 1880, Dan Evans, a rancher who is in desperate need of money to keep his family fed and to secure his home, witnesses a robbery led by Ben Wade [a famous outlaw who loots banks and murder people.] with his gang.

The robbery was intended for a stagecoach, in the fight Wade killed the driver of the stagecoach and one of his men. Wade with the rest of his men set towards Mexico.

A group was formed to arrest Ben Wade which consists of the Town Marshall, stagecoach owner Mr. Butterfield, and Dan Evans.

 Ben Wade was arrested at the saloon where he was meeting with his second-in-command, Charlie Prince. Prince was able to escape with a gunshot wound on his hand to bring the rest of the men for help.

Town Marshall asks for help to put Wade on trial which will be held in Contention City. To entice volunteers, Mr. Butterfield announced a reward of two hundred dollars to whoever will lend a helping hand.

Dan saw the opportunity to make money and join the Town Marshall. Alex Potter, a drunkard, also joins the group to deliver Wade safely to Contention City for the trial.

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To reach the city they have to catch the 3:10 train to Yuma. They took a hotel room where they meet with Mr. Butterfield. Meanwhile, Wade tried to offer twice the money to Dan he is getting as a reward.

If Dan will release Wade but Dan was not willing to accept his offer.

In the end, a fight broke out, when the dead stagecoach driver’s brother, Bob Moons wanted to seek revenge for his brother’s death.

When Bob shot a gun, the sound alerted Prince and his gang who were residing in that hotel. Alex died while saving Dan and was hung from the hotel chandelier by Prince.

Seeing this Mr. Butterfield was horrified, he tried to convince Dan to release Wade and to take his reward but Dan refused as he wanted to bring Wade to justice.

Dan with Wade take the train but Prince and his gang catch up with them. Both Ben and Dan jump to the passing car while Dan killed Prince. Ben told Dan that he has escaped the prison once and he can do it again.

This was the ending of the original movie but in the remake, Prince shot Dan four times, seeing this Wade was consumed by anger and he killed Prince and his men.

 Dan’s son released Wade and to keep his dad’s honor he promised Dan that Ben is on the train while Dan slowly welcomes death.

Cast Of 3:10 To Yuma (1957)

The notorious outlaw, Ben Wade, is played by Glenn Ford (1957), and in the 2007 version Russell Crowe, and Van Heflin (1957) and Christian Bale(2007) as Dan Evans, the honorable rancher.

Dan Evans’s wife Alice Evans is played by Leora Dana. Henry Jones as Alex Potter, the drunkard and the savior of Dan.

Wade’s second-in-command Charlie Prince is played by Richard Jaeckel and Robert Emhardt as Mr. Butterfield.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is the rating of the movie?

The IMDb rating of the show is 7.6/10 and on rotten tomatoes 94%.

2. Where can you watch the movie?

You can stream the movie on Amazon Prime.

3. Is there a remake of the movie?

Yes, there is a remake of the movie in 2007.

4. Who is the author of the short story on which the movie is based?

Elmore Leonard

5. Is 3:10 to Yuma based on a true story?

No, the movie is not based on a true story.

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