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The Hanged Man (1974)

TV Movie  -   -  Western  -  13 March 1974 (USA)
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A gunfighter who survives his own hanging helps a young widow who is trying to keep a ruthless land baron from taking her ranch.

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James Devlin
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Josiah Lowe
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Sharon Acker ...
Carrie Gault
Brendon Boone ...
Billy Irons
Rafael Campos ...
Father Alvaro
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Soledad Villegas (as Barbara Luna)
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Lew Halleck
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Judge Homer Bayne
Bobby Eilbacher ...
Benjamin Gault
William Bryant ...
Dr. Lawrence Nye
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Joe 'Patch' Janney
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Eubie Turpin
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Bill Catching ...
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A gunfighter who survives his own hanging helps a young widow who is trying to keep a ruthless land baron from taking her ranch. Written by Anonymous

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Pilot for a series that was to have starred Steve Forrest, but was never picked up. See more »

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[although he was declared dead after his execution, Devlin miraculously revives]
Judge Homer Bayne: Joe, this man is legally dead!
Josiah Lowe: Legally dead? That doesn't mean you're safe.
Dr. Lawrence Nye: You got enemies. Bound to be some who want to test your mortality in Tres Cruces or anywhere else you go.
Josiah Lowe: As your friend, I think we should go ahead and bury James Devlin.
Father Alvaro: We'll spirit you away...
Dr. Lawrence Nye: ...another name, another place...
Father Alvaro: ...and you will be reborn!
James Devlin: No.
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The Hanging That Didn't Take
28 October 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The title role of The Hanged Man is played by Steve Forrest who plays a notorious gunfighter who was duly hanged for a crime he committed and declared dead. But the only problem was the report of his demise was greatly exaggerated. Whether he was cut down to soon or the rope wasn't tight enough or some unseen power intervened, point is that Forrest is still walking around and breathing. And he's reflecting on a new chance at life because his old life had led him up thirteen steps to the hangman's noose. And he's legally dead.

His first chance at redemption comes in helping widow Sharon Acker and her little boy Bobby Eilbacher fight off the designs of mining tycoon Cameron Mitchell. He's not too squeamish about his methods and has young gunslinger Brendon Boone on his payroll who despite the mystique surrounding Forrest is eager for showdown.

This unsold TV pilot which was produced by Bing Crosby didn't break any new ground and westerns on television were getting scarce. Around this time Bonanza and Gunsmoke ended their runs and the few that have succeeded them up to this time haven't had their staying power. Speaking of Bonanza this was Ray Teal's farewell role and Bonanza fans will remember his semi-regular presence as sheriff Roy Coffey of Virginia City.

The Hanged Man might have been picked up for a television series fifteen years earlier when westerns were a glut on the market. As it is western fans will have little reason to complain.


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