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According to a September 1956 Daily Variety news item, Columbia bought the rights to Halsted Welles's screenplay from The Associates and Aldrich Co. November and December Hollywood Reporter news items note that location filming was done outside Tucson and Sedona, AZ. The Los Angeles Times review states that Glenn Ford turned down the role of "Dan Evans" because he wanted to play the villain, "Ben Wade." Modern sources have called 3:10 to Yuma one of the "best [Westerns] of the 1950s...gripping every step of the way." A new adaptation of Elmore Leonard's short story, also entitled 3:10 to Yuma, was scheduled for release in October 2007. That version was directed by James Mangold and starred Russell Crowe and Christian Bale.