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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 »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. Another 2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Gary Cooper and Maria Schell.....they made it seem real! 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)

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)
 
Crew verified as complete


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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:
Society Red:[Waiting to see if Doc Frail will call his poker bet] Take your time, Doc. Like a man says: where the wind blows too hard, the trees gotta bend.
Dr. Joseph 'Doc' Frail:[Red assumes Frail will not call and starts to claim the pot] Wait a minute. The trees haven't blown down yet.
Dr. Joseph 'Doc' Frail:[Frail antes up] Call.
Society Red:Ace high.
Dr. Joseph 'Doc' Frail:[Winning the pot] Pair of deuces.
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The Hanging TreeSee more »

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20 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Gary Cooper and Maria Schell.....they made it seem real!, 15 April 2006
Author: Stormy_Autumn from the Pacific Northwest

Gary, for that movie, was Doc Joe Frail. Maria, sister of Maximilian Schell, became Elizabeth Malher. Everything that happened to Frail seemed real. He healed Elizabeth's blindness but feared loving her because of his past. There was the guilt from the tragedy he carried, the fear of someone finding out. The jealousy and anger of people waiting and wanting to take Doc's life for his past and, mostly, the fortune.

Frenchy Plante is played by Karl Malden. He is a fortune hunter with a drinking problem. Karl was one of two directors who made this film. Delmar Daves was in charge of the beginning and middle. Karl did the finishing work. By that time, Mulden had 20 movies under his belt.

George C. Scott is Dr. George Grubb, a Bible toting, Scripture spouting fiend. He is not a particularly nice person. He targets Doc Frail and goes after him. This is Scott's first credited role and he carries it off very well.

Jerry Livingston does the title theme. "The Hanging Tree". It was sung in the movie by one of my favorites, Marty Robbins. He, also, made it popular to the public through radio and records. Now I have a CD of "The Best of Marty Robbins" that I have introduced to my grandson. I want him (and our other grandkids) to know about something besides today's music.

Just for some aside information: The only cast member, of this movie, still living is Karl Malden. He turned 94 in March of 2006. Wow, what a life he's had!

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