The Last Wolf (1967) starring Stuart Whitman, Percy Herbert, Randy Boone, Jill Townsend, Albert Salmi directed by Bernard McEveety Movie Review

The Last Wolf (1967)   3/53/53/53/53/5

Stuart Whitman in The Last Wolf (1967)

Crown is After the Wolf Pack

Sam Gallatin (Albert Salmi) and his pack of wolf hunters are good at what they do, too good as having dealt with the issue around Cimarron they find themselves out of work, bored and broke and that is a nightmare for Marshal Jim Crown (Stuart Whitman) as they start causing trouble for the locals. Whilst the farmers agree to offering them work the ranchers refuse to employ them and that brings the two groups at loggerheads with each other. But with Gallatin trying to unite the wolf men against both groups Crown finds himself surrounded on all sides by trouble and heavily outnumbered.

Don't get me wrong as I enjoyed "The Last Wolf" but by episode 13 of "Cimarron Strip" the series limits were starting to show. What I mean is on one hand we have this enjoyable storyline which sees the rough and ready Sam Gallatin trying to stir things up between the farmers and cattlemen as he holds a grudge against them for ruling the roost over him and his fellow hunters. Whilst I am no historian I would imagine there were groups such as these wolf hunters who felt used and had some sort of grudge against those who were prospering off of the land.

But then there are the limitations and they come from a simple sense of familiarity. Whilst Crown finds himself having to use his sage like wisdom to diffuse the situation you have MacGregor up to a money making scheme, Francis trying to take photos which will make him some money and sweet Dulcey being sweet Dulcey. But then there is Gallatin and whilst Albert Salmi plays him well with a semi comical wildness he only comes across as a rough and ready trickster who likes a drink and will use others to get his way. There is nothing really stand out about "The Last Wolf" to make it either a memorable episode or standalone movie.

What this all boils down to is that "The Last Wolf" is an okay distraction for either fans of westerns or "Cimarron Strip" but it is only an ordinary movie with the sense of familiarity working against it.