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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 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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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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Even when he kissed her... he held a gun! See more »

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A Dois Passos da Forca  »

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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 »

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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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Taut as a Hangman's Noose
28 May 2002 | by (Savannah, GA) – See all my reviews

Most of us remember Fred MacMurray from the sitcom "My Three Sons." However, Macmurray gave some great performances in some great movies,"Double Indemnity," "Pushover" and this terrific little sleeper. MacMurray plays Ben Cutler, first a reluctant posse member, then a reluctant Marshall, finally the unflinching witness against and executioner of his daughter's childhood sweetheart. What is brilliant about this movie is the gradually changing loyalties of his loved ones and townspeople. First they are out for the blood of the kid (Robert Vaughn's brilliant as a dangerous, manipulative coward). Then, as Vaughn wins greater and greater sympathy, MacMurray is treated as the heavy. As Cutler, MacMurray finds real courage, standing virtually alone by the film's climax. This is a powerful movie and a real treat. See it.


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