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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 »
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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:
Not The Paint Your Wagon Kind Of Mining Camp 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 (Technicolor)
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1.85 : 1 See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
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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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not The Paint Your Wagon Kind Of Mining Camp, 14 November 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

Unless one wants to count They Came To Cordura as a western which also came out in 1959, The Hanging Tree was Gary Cooper's farewell to the western genre which he did so much to popularize. Although in his career Cooper played a variety of roles, he is probably most identified with the western. Certainly that second Oscar for High Noon cemented that identity.

Cooper is a doctor/gunfighter/gambler, a rather interesting combination of professions. But he needs all of them to survive in the gold mining camp where he's set up practice. It's a temporary home for the camp is a temporary town. Unless a mother lode is found, when the stream is panned out, the miners move on.

The miners are an interesting lot, the usual men with needs, the usual women who satisfy them for a price and some married folk with some puritan like wives. Oh, and there's a crazy religious fanatic walking around played by George C. Scott.

Cooper gets a pair of interesting patients who he takes more than a proprietary interest in. One is a young man who was shot robbing a sluice box played by Ben Piazza. Cooper patches him up and will not reveal who he is to the camp if he acts as servant to him. If The Hanging Tree had been made a decade later, one of those services no doubt would have been sex.

The threat is real for Piazza, with no law of any kind, the miners make their own law and enforce it with liberal use of an old gnarled oak called The Hanging Tree. One apparently is mandatory these camps. These guys aren't the Paint Your Wagon type miners.

Karl Malden does an excellent job playing one of those miners with some real needs. And he thinks he's got it made when he finds a sunburned and blind Maria Schell who survived a stagecoach holdup that killed her father. But she likes the strange and brooding doctor who saves her. She can't get close to Cooper however because of some things in his past.

The Hanging Tree was the first time that George C. Scott and Karl Malden worked together. Eleven years later they would team up for Scott's career role in the title role of Patton. Both Scott and Ben Piazza made their American film debuts in The Hanging Tree.

Karl Swenson and Virginia Gregg run the local mercantile. Swenson is one of the few in the town who befriends Cooper, but Gregg is the self appointed leader of the town morals committee. If Maria Schell wants to live in sin with Cooper, she ought to be with the other working girls at the saloon.

The Hanging Tree is photographed beautifully on location in Washington State serving as gold rush Montana of the 1870s. And the title song, sung by Marty Robbins was Oscar nominated for Best Song, but lost to High Hopes that year. Robbins had a hit record out of it as did Frankie Laine.

Delmar Daves, a most underrated director, does a fine job with his cast and story. This is a must for Gary Cooper fans.

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