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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:
Hanging Tree DVD 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:
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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Movie Connections:
Featured in Portrait of an Actor (1971)See more »
Soundtrack:
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14 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
Hanging Tree DVD, 9 February 2007
Author: jem-93 from United States

WB claims the negative is in very sorry shape, no word on whether they will spring for a restoration. Odd thing is, though, that WB has a DVD out in Europe, region 2. Perhaps WB has contempt for Europe and has released a shoddy print.

But I agree about this film. One of the best westerns ever made. The auteuristas don't care for it -- Delmer Daves is not among their favs -- so that may be one reason there isn't much push for a DVD.

Brilliant cinematography, Max Steiner's score is one of his finest, tight script, direction is flawless (pax to the auteur theory claque) and the acting -- from Cooper and Schell and Maldin all the way down to the smallest part -- is pitch-perfect.

Alas ...

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