Elmore Leonard’s short story “Three-Ten to Yuma” follows a western marshal who must safely escort his prisoner from Contention, Arizona, to the jail at Yuma. The story originally appeared in Dime Western Magazine in 1953 and is also in the anthology Elmore Leonard: Westerns. The story is a classic example of the gritty and terse style Leonard employs in his stories about the American West. “Three-Ten to Yuma” was twice adapted in films as 3:10 to Yuma: in 2007 starring Russell Crowe and Christian Bale, as well as an underappreciated 1957 version starring Van Heflin and Glenn Ford.


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