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Director:
Writers:
Wendell Mayes (screenplay) and
Halsted Welles (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
13 March 1959 (Finland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Only a bullet could get close to him! See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A fascinating Western of the Gold Rush wave! See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Gary Cooper ... Dr. Joseph 'Doc' Frail

Maria Schell ... Elizabeth Mahler

Karl Malden ... Frenchy Plante

George C. Scott ... George Grubb

Karl Swenson ... Tom Flaunce

Virginia Gregg ... Edna Flaunce
John Dierkes ... Society Red
King Donovan ... Wonder
Ben Piazza ... Rune
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Emile Avery ... Townsman (uncredited)
Fern Barry ... Mother (uncredited)
William 'Billy' Benedict ... Trapper (uncredited)
Danny Borzage ... Dan (uncredited)
Annette Claudier ... Dance Hall Girl (uncredited)
Martin Eric ... Father (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dick Hudkins ... Townsman (uncredited)
John Hudkins ... Townsman (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dorothy Klewer ... Duck Girl (uncredited)
Baron James Lichter ... Tim - Piano Player (uncredited)
Cactus Mack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Fred Marlow ... Townsman (uncredited)
Harold Millen ... Townsman (uncredited)
Kansas Moehring ... Townsman (uncredited)
Bob Morgan ... Townsman (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Townsman (uncredited)
Karen Norris ... Duck Girl (uncredited)
Bud Osborne ... Horseman (uncredited)
Boyd Stockman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Dealer (uncredited)
Slim Talbot ... Stage Driver (uncredited)
Don Turner ... Townsman (uncredited)
Sailor Vincent ... Townsman (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Townsman who sells cabib (uncredited)
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Directed by
Delmer Daves 
Karl Malden (finishing) (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
Wendell Mayes (screenplay) and
Halsted Welles (screenplay)

Dorothy M. Johnson (novel)

Produced by
Martin Jurow .... producer
Richard Shepherd .... producer
 
Original Music by
Max Steiner 
 
Cinematography by
Ted D. McCord (director of photography) (as Ted McCord)
 
Film Editing by
Owen Marks 
 
Art Direction by
Daniel B. Cathcart 
 
Set Decoration by
Frank M. Miller 
 
Costume Design by
Marjorie Best  (as Marjorie O. Best)
 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Alma Johnson .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Lou LaCava .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Ray Romero .... makeup artist (uncredited)
Marion Vaughn .... hairdresser (uncredited)
Henry Vilardo .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Lew Leary .... unit production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Russell Llewellyn .... assistant director
Al Alleborn .... assistant director (uncredited)
Gil Kissel .... assistant director (uncredited)
John Prettyman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Archie Neel .... prop master (uncredited)
Don Redfern .... assistant property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
H. Cozad .... cable person (uncredited)
Jule Danto .... p.a. operator (uncredited)
William Griffith .... radio man (uncredited)
Louis Hogue .... cable person (uncredited)
Everett A. Hughes .... boom operator (uncredited)
William Lambert .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Robert J. Miller .... sound recordist (uncredited)
Ben Sad .... cable person (uncredited)
 
Stunts
John Hudkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Slim Talbot .... stunt double (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Gerald Perry Finnerman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
M. Gunther .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Horace Jones .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Wally Meinardus .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Everett Miller .... best boy (uncredited)
George Gordon Nogle .... camera operator (uncredited)
Charles O'Bannon .... gaffer (uncredited)
Maynard Rugg .... camera operator (uncredited)
Jack Woods .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Orry-Kelly .... wardrobe: Miss Schell
Russ Cole .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Kathleen Dennis .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Henry Field .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Michael J. Harte .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
Adene Henderson .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Joan Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
E. Murray .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Alexander Velcoff .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Murray Cutter .... orchestrator
 
Other crew
John Gaston .... first aid (uncredited)
Lou Jones .... publicist (uncredited)
Lee Kuney .... time checker (uncredited)
Dutch Meyer .... auditor (uncredited)
Earl Riley .... technical advisor: Yakima (uncredited)
Bert Steiner .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Marshall J. Wolins .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
107 min
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Color:
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Director Delmer Daves fell ill during filming and Karl Malden took over for several days until Daves recovered.See more »
Goofs:
Factual errors: When Dr. Frail returns home from the first poker game he reveals to Rune that they are going to start a new "regime" for their daily activities. A regime is a prevailing form of government. What he should have said was "regimen" which is a regulated course of living.See more »
Quotes:
Tom Flaunce:I've, uh, known Doc Frail about five years since the Banik Strike. We did a little business off and on. Doc could have had it rich and easy a half a dozen times, but he can't seem to get away from that little black doctor's bag of his. Maybe he carries his soul in it.
Rune:Yeah, that's good. What soul he's got!
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64 out of 80 people found the following review useful.
A fascinating Western of the Gold Rush wave!, 16 July 1999

There was stars and superstars, and then there are the handful by whose success one may understand the nature of the movies' massive appeal to the public... One of these rare people was Gary Cooper, a forever reliable cowboy who remained the strong fairly silent, man of action...

Cooper plays Doc Joe Frail, a frontier doctor running away from a personal tragedy... He now takes his Hippocratic oath with a little gambling and gunfighting in Skull Creek, a wild gold camp in the territory of Montana...

Cooper saves an accused thief from a posse and, after healing the young Rune (Ben Piazza), they become friends... Next the Doc treats a young Swiss girl, Elizatbeth Mahler (Maria Schell), for shock and blindness suffered from exposure to the sun after a stage holdup...

After succeeding in getting her sight back, Elizabeth was already in love with Frail... The doctor tries not to sound his feelings about her... Something was troubling his conscience deeply... He certainly hides a mysterious past...

Frail aids Elizabeth in a grubstake and, with her partners Frenchy and Rune, she soon strikes it rich... Frenchy tries to force his attentions on Elizabeth, but just then Doc Frail rides up...

Karl Malden is excellent as Frenchy, the hypocrite opportunistic, the person without scruples willing to make Elizabeth believes that he cares for her, and is after her love, not after her gold... Malden is very good as a supporting actor... He proved it in "The Gunfighter," with Gregory Peck, in "One-Eyed Jacks," with Marlon Brando, and in "Nevada Smith," with Steve McQueen...

In his film debut, George C. Scott portrays the poisonous bible-punching drunk who incites and excites the whole town to carry Cooper to the hanging tree...

Jerry Livingston's Title Song won an Academy Award Nomination...

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