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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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Marshal Ben Cutler
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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
Edmon Ryan ...
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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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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Bloody, blistering violence as a baby-face goon explodes against the girl who loves him...while the mob stands ready to tear out his guts before the law can hang him! See more »

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A Dois Passos da Forca  »

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According to Robert Vaughn in his memoirs, Fred McMurray was the frugal type. He always brought his sandwich for lunch on the set and was also the stingy kind for many details. 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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Fred MacMurray Plays a Different Role
11 August 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This film starts out with a typical bank robbery which has been cleverly planned until a bank employee shoots at one of the robbers and the city Marshall is killed by a young guy named Eddie, (The Kid). Ben Cutler, ( Fred MacMurray) shoots some of the robbers and half of the money is returned. Ben Cutler claims that the Kid killed the city Marshall and he intends to bring him up on trial and a death sentence. The results of the trial change the direction of the film and it takes on in another direction which makes this a very interesting film. Fred MacMurray was able to show his great acting ability as a Western Marshall and he gave an outstanding performance.


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