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Many stars saddled up and rode into Technicolor sunsets during the great Western revival of the 1950s, but only a few would be forever associated with the rugged individualists of the West. Among them are John Wayne, Randolph Scott and the start of The Hanging Tree, Gary Cooper.
The story takes place in Skull Creek, an 1870s Montana gold camp. Dr. Joseph Frail (Cooper) arrives, setting out his shingle near the camp's boom-or-bust hubbub of adventurers, ladies of fortune, mountain men and just plain decent folks. As skilled with a six-gun as with a scalpel, Frail will need both. A tragic past shadows his days. The treachery of the mob clouds his future. A determined immigrant (Maria Schell), a shifty-eyed miner (Karl Malden) and a hellfire preacher (debuting George C. Scott) figure prominently in Frail's showdown with fate. Prominent, too, is the breathtaking countryside. Here the mountains are imposing. And a man alone looms ever taller.
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For folks looking for a terrific Western movie, you can't do better than this. The story moves at a good pace, the dialogue is spare - but every word resonates. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Marilyn K. Martin
One of the best Gary Cooper movies ever! See Carl Maldin and George C. Scott before they became famous. Maria Schell is outstanding and beautiful. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Obiwon
Great film. Right up there with High Noon. Don't know if it would appeal to the younger set because it is a slower film, intelligent, and nostalgic to those of us who remember... Read morePublished 1 month ago by BobWJ
An excellent actor on top of his game. Very entertaining when I was a child, still is now that I am a 66 year old adult. It's a good story well told on screen. I recommend it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Gram ma 1
Shipping was fast. This DVD has been hard to find. It is the last movie Gary Cooper starred in, so is very special. Thank you.Published 3 months ago by #1 Fan