Hangman's Knot (1952)

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  • Hangman's Knot (1952)



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    Randolph Scott- Hangman's Knot


    Plot Summary
    In 1865, a troop of Confederate soldiers led by Major Matt Stewart attack the wagon of gold escorted by Union cavalry and the soldiers are killed. The only wounded survivor tells that the war ended one month ago, and the group decides to take the gold and meet their liaison that knew that the war ended but did not inform the troop. The harsh Rolph Bainter kills the greedy man and the soldiers flee in his wagon driven by Major Stewart. When they meet a posse chasing them, Stewart gives wrong information to misguide the group; however, they have an accident with the wagon and lose the horses. They decide to stop a stagecoach and force the driver to transport them, but the posse returns and they are trapped in the station with the passenger. They realize that the men are not deputies and have no intention to bring them to justice but take the stolen gold.
    Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Randolph Scott ... Matt Stewart
    Donna Reed ... Molly Hull
    Claude Jarman Jr. ... Jamie Groves
    Frank Faylen ... Cass Browne
    Glenn Langan ... Capt. Petersen
    Richard Denning ... Lee Kemper
    Lee Marvin ... Rolph Bainter
    Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Margaret Harris
    Clem Bevans ... Plunkett, the Station agent
    Ray Teal ... Quincey
    Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Smitty
    Monte Blue ... Maxwell
    John Call ... Egan Walsh
    and many more...

    Roy Huggins

    Writing Credits
    Roy Huggins ... (written by)

    Harry Joe Brown ... producer
    Randolph Scott ... associate producer

    Charles Lawton Jr. ... director of photography

    When the Confederates ambush the Union gold shipment, they use dynamite. The film is set in 1865, but dynamite was not patented by its inventor, Alfred Nobel, until 1867. Dynamite was not in use during the American Civil War by either side.

    Crew or equipment visible
    During the gold robbery, there is an obvious dummy 'driving' the wagon just before the mules separate from it.

    The same dummy is used when one of the characters gets his foot caught in a stirrup, and is dragged off at high speed by his horse.

    Plot holes
    When Bainter throws the stick of dynamite during the robbery, three cavalry troopers are blown off their horses and killed, but the horses suffer no injuries.

    Revealing mistakes
    The man fighting with Lee Marvin is obviously not Randolph Scott.

    Filming Locations
    Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
    Corriganville, Ray Corrigan Ranch, Simi Valley, California, USA

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    Randolph Scott- Hangman's Knot
    Best Wishes
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  • Hangman's Knot is a 1952 American Technicolor Western film written and directed by
    Roy Huggins and starring Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, and Claude Jarman, Jr.

    The film is about a group of Confederate soldiers, unaware that the Civil War is over,
    who intercept a shipment of gold escorted by Union cavalry troops
    and are then pursued by a renegade posse.

    Hangman's Knot was filmed on location in the Alabama Hills in Lone Pine, California

    Duke 'Pals' Donna Reed, Claude Jarman Jr., Lee Marvin star in this movie


    User Review

    Scott's best prior to Budd Boetticher
    8 December 2006 | by clore_2 (New York, New York)

    clore wrote:

    1952 saw the Columbia release of one of Scott's best - Hangman's Knot.

    They don't come much more taut than this, and its success only brings into question as to why director Roy Huggins never made another film as director. This one really begins to approach the later Boetticher films, being set in an isolated way station, as several of Budd's films happened to be, with Randy as a Confederate officer, who has stolen Union gold, not knowing the war is over.

    Outlaws, learning of the loot, besiege the soldiers at the way station, but just as much danger comes from within - the menacing soldier played by Lee Marvin. The cast is better than those in the then most recent Scott vehicles, including Donna Reed, Claude Jarman, Jr., Richard Denning and Guinn "Big Boy Williams. Randy's son C.H. Scott, in the book "Whatever Happened to Randolph Scott" speaks fondly of Donna Reed, as if she was a second mother, and says that she and his father never lost touch over the years, and were devoted to each other.

    Omitting the Boetticher films, this one is clearly the strongest Scott offering of the 1950s. That Huggins never directed a feature film again (he did direct a 1970 TV movie) is more our loss than his. Huggins did quite well in the long run, with items like Maverick, Rockford Files and The Fugitive in his future.

    With much of the film set within the way station, Huggins manages to keep the tension high as Scott has to deal with the group of bounty hunters outside (led by Ray Teal in a rousing performance) and the wayward loose cannon Ralph, the Lee Marvin character. Lee must have impressed producer Scott as he got a much showier role in the first Scott-Boetticher classic SEVEN MEN FROM NOW. Meanwhile, Scott must serve as surrogate big brother of Claude Jarman Jr, no longer the little boy of THE YEARLING and in fact nearly as tall as the film's lead star.

    Richard Denning also impresses in his part as Donna Reed's fiancée, a character as weak-willed as the fiancée in the later Boetticher film THE TALL T. At first willing to call attention to an attempted escape by Scott and company (despite giving his word otherwise), he later bargains to give them an alternate plan of escape - in exchange for two bars of the captured gold.

    My favorite of Scott's 50's westerns prior to his Boetticher films and dollar for dollar, the equal of many much bigger budgeted items from the likes of Wayne and Cooper.
    Best Wishes
    London- England