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Good Day for a Hanging (1959)

Approved | | Western | January 1959 (USA)
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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Ruth Granger (as Maggie Hayes)
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Laurie Cutler
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Paul Ridgely
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Tallant Joslin
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William P. Selby, Attorney
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Coley
Kathryn Card ...
Molly Cain
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Marshal Hiram Cain
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George Fletcher
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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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The theme song for 3.10 To Yuma [1957] is played frequently here especially in scenes involving Vaughan and Blackman See more »

Goofs

At the climax, the lamp hanging from the ceiling of the jail swings with a period of about 2 seconds which mean that the rope from which it hangs was 1m long (which makes for an unusually tall ceiling). Shortly after it swings with a period of 1 second which would mean the rope was shortened to 0.25m. 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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27 January 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

OK, this is a good late 50's western with many familiar faces and stars to be. Fred MacMurray in a serious role is in fine form. Young Robert Vaughan and James Drury both went on to bigger things. And as was noted before, director Nathan Juran had several excellent films to his credit. So, the film has a good pedigree.

However, what is George Duning's haunting theme from "3:10 to Yuma" doing in this film? Uncredited "stock" music was commonplace in films and TV, and occasionally it rose above the mundane. But Duning's music was integral to the story in "3:10 to Yuma" in both the Frankie Laine vocal version and the more subdued guitar renditions. Lovely, familiar music was jarringly out of place, to me, in this film.

Again, very worthwhile B+ western overall.


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