The Hanging Tree (1959)

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    Plot Summary
    Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob
    who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man,
    realising that he can exploit his secret.
    Written by David Gibson

    Full Cast
    Gary Cooper ... Dr. Joseph 'Doc' Frail
    Maria Schell ... Elizabeth Mahler
    Karl Malden ... Frenchy Plante
    George C. Scott ... Dr. George Grubb
    Karl Swenson ... Tom Flaunce
    Virginia Gregg ... Edna Flaunce
    John Dierkes ... Society Red
    King Donovan ... Wonder
    Ben Piazza ... Rune, Frail's Bond Servant
    Fern Barry ... Mother (uncredited)
    William 'Billy' Benedict ... Trapper (uncredited)
    Danny Borzage ... Dan (uncredited)
    Annette Claudier ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
    Martin Eric ... Father (uncredited)
    Frank Hagney ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Dick Hudkins ... Townsman (uncredited)
    John Hudkins ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Dorothy Klewer ... Duck Girl (uncredited)
    Baron James Lichter ... Tim, Piano Player (uncredited)
    Cactus Mack ... Player (uncredited)
    Fred Marlow ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Harold Millen ... Sourdough (uncredited)
    Bob Morgan ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Karen Norris ... Duck Girl (uncredited)
    Bud Osborne ... Horseman (uncredited)
    Boyd Stockman ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Clarence Straight ... Dealer (uncredited)
    Slim Talbot ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
    Don Turner ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Sailor Vincent ... Townsman (uncredited)
    Guy Wilkerson ... Sourdough (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Wendell Mayes (screenplay) and
    Halsted Welles (screenplay)
    Dorothy M. Johnson (novel)

    Original Music
    Max Steiner

    Ted D. McCord

    Takes place in Montana, 1873.

    Film debut of George C. Scott.

    Director Delmer Daves fell ill during filming and Karl Malden took over for several days until Daves recovered.

    Filming Location
    Yakima, Washington, USA



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    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • The Hanging Tree is a 1959 movie directed by Delmer Daves.
    Karl Malden took over directing duties for several days when Daves fell ill.
    The film stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott
    and Karl Malden
    and is set in the gold fields of Montana during the gold rush
    of the 1860s and 1870s.

    Principal photography was done on location in the Oak Creek Wildlife Area;
    it is located in the mountains west of Yakima, Washington.
    The story follows a doctor who saves a criminal from a lynch mob,
    then learns of the man's past and tries to manipulate him.

    This marked the first film of Scott. He and Malden later teamed for 1970's Patton,
    for which Scott won an Academy Award.
    Also the film has in its soundtrack the western ballad "Hanging Tree".
    It was scored by Max Steiner and written by Mack David and Jerry Livingston
    who received nominations for the Laurel Awards and the Academy Awards in 1960.
    The text is a short reference to the film's story.
    It was also released on the reissue of the album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs (1959)
    by Marty Robbins who performed this song in the opening credits of this film.
    A known cover-version is by Frankie Laine who performed this song at the 32nd Academy Awards.

    Look out for a couple of Duke's 'Pals'
    Karl Swenson ... Tom Flaunce
    Danny Borzage ... Dan (uncredited)

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    Best Wishes
    London- England