Paladin crosses paths with Sarah Gibbs on her way to see her husband's hanging for a crime he did commit. A proper burial is all she is seeking but she has a paper that says she can't even ...
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Paladin crosses paths with Sarah Gibbs on her way to see her husband's hanging for a crime he did commit. A proper burial is all she is seeking but she has a paper that says she can't even visit him. When one deputy wants to just drop the bodies in the mine, there is a tug of conscience between the relatives, Sarah and Paladin. Written by
Powerful, well thought out episode, shrewdly directed by Boone himself. Paladin escorts wife (Odetta) of condemned man to his hanging. People of the mining camp deny the wife visiting and burial rights because several of their loved ones were buried under a rock cave-in caused by the condemned men. Now Paladin must separate justice from vengeance.
That opening scene is a little gem of modulated emotion from both Boone and Odetta. Impressive is the way the script supplies believable motives to everyone, including the most violent. And since the feelings on all sides are so strong and understandable, the result is unusually riveting.
Several notable features scenic location is Bend, Oregon, not the usual Southern Sierras; producers even popped for a skimpy gallous frame (for lowering a mining bucket down a shaft) that also serves as a gallows for the condemned men; one of the few shows of the time to feature two black people (Odetta & Crosse), even though their color is not critical to the story itself.
All in all, it's an outstanding entry in every department.
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