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The Hangman


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  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Fess Parker, Tina Louise, Jack Lord, Mickey Shaughnessy
  • Directors: Michael Curtiz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Widescreen, Anamorphic, NTSC, Black & White
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Olive Films
  • DVD Release Date: June 26, 2012
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B007RUZ2IG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,273 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

A Federal Marshall (Robert Taylor) nicknamed "The Hangman" traces a robbery suspect (Jack Lord) to a small town, but the convict has turned his life around, he's now married and he and his wife are expecting a child. Not only is he supported by his friends and neighbors, but also by the town's sheriff (Fess Parker). The Marshall offers the convict's ex-lover (Tina Louise) a new lease on life; all she has to do is to finger the man she still loves and walk away with the reward. For the first time in his career, the lawman is faced with a serious challenge to his method of justice as the citizens band together to stop their friend's capture. Directed by Michael Curtiz, the legendary director of Casablanca and Mildred Pierce.

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Great story,great cast,great acting.
JUDAS TREES
For any western fans this is well worth having in your collection.
Robin A. C.
Fess Parker's character was loveable and comfortable.
Don Adams

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Judith E. Hanhisalo on May 22, 2012
Format: DVD
The Hangman was Robert Taylor's first independent film after leaving MGM. In later years, he would describe it as one of his failures. Like many Taylor movies, it's an unusual twist on a familiar subject. Mackenzie Bovard, a Deputy Marshal, is famous for his ability to catch criminals who are later hanged. Bovard is cynical and world weary with a poor opinion of his fellow humans. Pursuing a robbery suspect, he meets the young and lovely Tina Louise. Through his relationship with her Bovard gradually regains his faith in humanity and becomes a much warmer and more likeable person. This is far from a typical western--no fight scenes, no gorgeous scenery, no evil villains. As another reviewer noted, it's a drama set in the old West. It's about responsibility, right and wrong and personal development and growth. Taylor is excellent, as always, in his understated way. Tina Louise is good as a young woman who changes from a drab loser to a confident woman. Mabel Albertson is wonderful as a middle-aged woman who has the hots for Taylor (who can blame her?). Fess Parker, post Davy Crockett is effective as a town Sheriff and his laid back persona makes a good contrast to the driven, more intense Taylor. Perhaps not a classic but definitely worth watching and owning.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By JUDAS TREES on February 15, 2013
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Had never seen this western before.I was not disappointed.Great story,great cast,great acting.You just cant go wrong with a cast of stars as this movie has.Pedro Gonzalez Gonzalez(yes twice),Mickey Shaughnessy,Robert Taylor,Fess Parker,Jack Lord,Gene Evans,Lorne Greene,and the beautiful Tina Louise.87 minutes of western pleasure.....support your favorite atrists.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Terry Tekatch on January 16, 2013
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loved it it was a great movie, funny and action packed and enjoyed it very much i would recommend it to anyone
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Art Peace on January 5, 2013
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Love the old westerns, thanks for a great movie, I will be buying as they are provided from this source.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Acute Observer on September 3, 2014
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The Hangman, 1959 film

A Deputy US Marshal is after John Butterfield for robbery-murder. Bovart is the toughest lawman in the territory. He goes to the Army post then to a town to look around. Who passed those stolen coins? “Money talks.” Bovart walks around the town to look the man. Mrs. Ceila Jennison arrives late. She will make a sign when she recognizes the wanted man. Men fight to create action. Bovart trust no one. Buck Weston is the Sheriff. At night Mrs. Jennison gives a warning letter to Mr. Bishop! There is comedy when Mrs. Jennison walks to that gate. [Without a hat?] Bovart notices Bishop’s actions. He follows Ceila out of town and they talk. [That dip in the pond seems designed to attract customers. It isn’t part of the story.]

Bovart talks to Big Murphy; can he identify Butterfield? Can Bovart tell if Ceila left her room? Yes, he follows her to a house. She warns Johnny (who won’t leave his wife). There are gunshots. “I missed him.” Bovart meets Ceila to learn more. The next morning Bovart acts to find Johnny. Was there a trick to save Johnny? Bovart rides south toward the border to catch that wagon. Later Bovart tells Ceila about his past, how he became a lawman. He gives her advice. Johnny has friends who want to help him to escape. “He got away!” Bovart shoots and misses him. He decides its time to go to California for a new life. There is a surprise at the end.

This is an interesting story about personal relationships. It is set in the Old West but could be a modern parable. The actual history of the Old West is more interesting than most dramas. The classic westerns of the 1930s-1940s involved conflicts between homesteaders and small ranchers against the big ranchers or cattle barons. These were inspired by the Johnson County War in 1892 Wyoming.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By M. Fisher on July 23, 2012
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In addition to having a fine cast with a fine array of character actors, the script is uttertly marvelous. Tina Louise shows us what she could have done had she not been put into the sexpot roles that ruined her. What's utterly fascinating about the film is that although this is a hunt for justice, there' no 'bad guy,' with the exception of the outlaw jailed in the first minute of the film. A fascinating thing to see in a Western. If Johnny's an outlaw, then he's one we like, so do we really want to see him captured? This one was included in my recent book 'Head `Em Off At the Pass! 94 Westerns You Should Watch.'Head `Em Off At the Pass!: 94 Westerns You Should WatchWhat If Arnold Stang Played the Part?: Recasting 108 Classic MoviesHead `Em Off At the Pass! 94 Westerns You Should Watch
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