Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man, realizing that he can exploit his secret.

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Elizabeth Mahler
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Frenchy Plante
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In 1873, on the Gold Trail, Montana, the mysterious and controlling Dr. Joseph Frail arrives in the small town of Skull Creek with miners in a gold rush. Dr. Frail buys a cabin on the top of a hill and he sees the smalltime thief Rune wounded and chased by a mob that wants to hang him. Dr. Frail helps and heals Rune; but in return, he demands that the young man becomes his bond servant. The alcoholic healer and preacher George Grubb tells to the locals that Dr. Frail, who is an excellent gambler and gunfighter, is a devil and has a mysterious past but nobody gives attention to his words. Soon the stagecoach is robbed by thieves that kill the passengers but the coachman survives and three days later he reaches Skull Creek. He tells that the horses had speed down the hill with a young woman inside the stagecoach. The men organize a pursuit and the rude Frenchy Plante finds the Swedish Elizabeth Mahler burnt and blind. Dr. Frail and Rune take care of her and they learn that Elizabeth and... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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13 March 1959 (Finland)  »

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A Árvore dos Enforcados  »

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$1,350,000 (estimated)
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Director Delmer Daves fell ill during filming and Karl Malden took over for several days until Daves recovered. See more »

Goofs

Prior to the doctor attending to Elizabeth, he rolls his left sleeve up once and then the same sleeve again in the next shot. See more »

Quotes

Tom Flaunce: [Looking at the young woman with her second degree burns] That poor thing ought to be dead.
Frenchy Plante: Eh, she ain't much left from the neck up, but she is all woman from there down, eh?
[His lascivious inference is met with disapproving stares by the townsmen]
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Featured in Portrait of an Actor (1971) See more »

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The Hanging Tree
Lyrics by Mack David
Music by Jerry Livingston
Vocal by Marty Robbins
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A LITTLE GEM!

Every time people talk about great westernS, movies like High Noon, The Searchers, Red River, Stagecoach and The Wild Bunch are always mentioned. I certainly agree, those are great films, but sometimes we overlook other, less known films that are as good, or better that the official classics. This is one of those films. A great, poetic masterpiece, filled with many moments of truth. Gary Cooper is a doctor with a mysterious past, Maria Schell is the blind lady he takes care of, Karl Malden is the greedy gold miner that clashes with Cooper and George C. Scott is a crazy preacher, they are all superb! Great cinematography, unforgettable title tune by Jerry Livingston (the title Song won an Academy Award Nomination) and a heartbreaking ending!


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