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Good Day for a Hanging (1959)

 -  Western  -  January 1959 (USA)
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After claiming his daughter's childhood-sweetheart killed the marshal, one man finds himself in conflict with his daughter, his fiancée and many of the townsfolk.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Marshal Ben Cutler
Margaret Hayes ...
Ruth Granger (as Maggie Hayes)
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Eddie Campbell
Joan Blackman ...
Laurie Cutler
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Paul Ridgely
Wendell Holmes ...
Tallant Joslin
Edmon Ryan ...
William P. Selby, Attorney
Stacy Harris ...
Coley
Kathryn Card ...
Molly Cain
Emile Meyer ...
Marshal Hiram Cain
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George Fletcher
Russell Thorson ...
Harry Landers
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Deputy Ed Moore
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Deputy William Avery
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Olson
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Storyline

It's been more than twenty years since Ben Cutler (Fred MacMurray) wore a badge, but when the town's bank gets robbed, he joins the posse. After the chase, where he saw Marshal Cain (Emile Meyer) get killed, he can't say "no" when the town asks him to take over the Marshal's duties. However, that same town starts to turn against him when he takes his new duties seriously by arresting and testifying against the killer... a boy, Eddie 'The Kid' Campbell (Robert Vaughn), who grew up in this town and comes from a broken home, garnering the sympathy of the townsfolk, who'd rather believe one of the other escaped bank robbers shot the sheriff. This is compounded by his daughter, who still has a crush on Eddie, even though after his mother died two years ago, he left town with not a word to her since. She, too, is convinced that Eddie is still that good little boy everyone remembers, and can't believe he's been changed, by his new life of riding with outlaws. Written by AzRanger {ArizonaRanger @ Hotmail . com}

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HANGING'S TOO GOOD FOR A RAT LIKE THIS! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Western

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January 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Dois Passos da Forca  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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The theme song for 3.10 To Yuma [1957] is played frequently here especially in scenes involving Vaughan and Blackman See more »

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When the dead Marshal Hiram Cain is brought back into town strapped onto a horse, he is clearly breathing when his widow is standing by him. See more »

Quotes

Ruth Granger: Eddie is just a boy. Tom was killed by a hardened criminal.
Ben Cutler: Do you think this kid is any less hardened? Since when is a young rattlesnake any less poisonous than an old one?
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Contemporary Dialogue
14 October 2004 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

I agree with the previous comment that the dialogue was too contemporary. My late father, Daniel B. Ullman, was the screenwriter and I recognize his personal style very clearly when MacMurray says to Ruth Granger, "Don't talk like an idiot." Much too modern a turn-of-phrase and exactly what my dad would say to any of us during a heated argument! It's nice for me, personally, to hear such lines. They keep Dad alive for me. He wrote nine of "The Fugitive" TV series and borrowed heavily from our family life for names and places. In this picture, MacMurray's character is Ben Cutler. That was my maternal grandfather's name. Other movies of Dad's included "Badlands of Montana", whose main character is Steve Brewster. My brother's name is Steve. In "Kansas-Pacific," there is a Mr. Bruce featured.

The parallels to "High Noon" are quite flattering. I confess I didn't pick up on that.

I agree that the characters and sentiments are broadly drawn, but that is a comforting respite from much of today's fare. Give me stories about people over machines anytime.

So nice to know that folks are still watching Dad's movies 25yrs after his passing.


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