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Hangman's Knot (1952)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 15 November 1952 (USA)
A Confederate Major and his troops are falsely led to believe the Civil War is not over, and become wanted men after they attack a Union Army wagon train in Nevada.

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Roy Huggins

Writer:

Roy Huggins
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Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Major Matt Stewart
Donna Reed ... Molly Hull
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Jamie Groves
Frank Faylen ... Cass Browne
Glenn Langan ... Capt. Petersen
Richard Denning ... Lee Kemper
Lee Marvin ... Rolph Bainter
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Margaret Harris
Clem Bevans ... Plunkett, the Station agent
Ray Teal ... Quincey
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Smitty
Monte Blue ... Maxwell
John Call John Call ... Egan Walsh
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In 1865, a troop of Confederate soldiers led by Major Matt Stewart attack the wagon of gold escorted by Union cavalry and the soldiers are killed. The only wounded survivor tells that the war ended one month ago, and the group decides to take the gold and meet their liaison that knew that the war ended but did not inform the troop. The harsh Rolph Bainter kills the greedy man and the soldiers flee in his wagon driven by Major Stewart. When they meet a posse chasing them, Stewart gives wrong information to misguide the group; however, they have an accident with the wagon and lose the horses. They decide to stop a stagecoach and force the driver to transport them, but the posse returns and they are trapped in the station with the passenger. They realize that the men are not deputies and have no intention to bring them to justice but take the stolen gold. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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It Happened When A Killer With A Rope Ruled Nevada! See more »

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Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outlanders See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,250,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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After the scene of Lee Marvin holding Donna Reed against the wall, she was so terrified by him that she did not let him come near her on and off the set. See more »

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Scott-Huggins, almost as good as Scott-Boetticher
8 March 2003 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

This was the only film directed by Roy Huggins, after that he went to television where he was responsible for Maverick. This film came out so good, that if Maverick would not have been such a success he probably would have made more films with Scott.Lee Marvin is excellent, already showing us he had quite a future. The story is about confederate soldiers on a special mission, attacking the Union soldiers and taking their gold, only to find out the war was over. They hide themselves in a house together with Donna Reed. Most of the film is about them resisting an attack while inside the house. There are many shootouts, a tense atmosphere throughout the film. The films made later by Boetticher had a lot in common with this one.


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