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A sheriff planning on legally hanging a killer, has to contend with farmers who want to lynch him, and cattlemen who want to help him escape.

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Sheriff Bill Jorden
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Ellen Ballard
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Sam Hall
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Nellie Mason
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George Ballard
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Orval Jones
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Nan Hogan
Terry Gilkyson ...
The Music Man
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Mike MacNamara
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Lew Hogan
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Jess Ryman
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Rigdon
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Ben Smith
John Daheim ...
Jiggs Larribee (as John Day)
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Leo Roos
Lewis Martin ...
Pastor Harris
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Timothy Brown
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Ed Pardee (as Jesse Kirkpatrick)
James Parnell ...
Marv Tremain
Anthony Jochim ...
Doc Quinn
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Carl Andre ...
Farmer (uncredited)
Mike Bataran ...
Boy (uncredited)
Jimmie Booth ...
Farmer (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
Jim Brandt ...
Boy (uncredited)
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Tom - Ranch Hand (uncredited)
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Townsman (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
Walter Lawrence ...
Townsman (uncredited)
Scott Lee ...
Townsman (uncredited)
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Hank (uncredited)
Rankin Mansfield ...
Tad Barton (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
Paul McGuire ...
Telegrapher (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Farmer (uncredited)
Rickey Murray ...
Joey (uncredited)
Erik Nielsen ...
Jimmy (uncredited)
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Barfly (uncredited)
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Cattleman (uncredited)
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Cattleman (uncredited)
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Joe (uncredited)
Stephen Wootton ...
Boy (uncredited)

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Charles F. Haas ... (as Charles Haas)

Written by

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Oscar Brodney ... (screenplay)
 
Lee Leighton ... (novel "Law Man")

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Albert Zugsmith ... producer

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Frank Skinner

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John L. Russell ... director of photography (as John L. Russell Jr.)

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Ray Snyder

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Alexander Golitzen
Alfred Sweeney

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John P. Austin
Russell A. Gausman

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Lillian Burkhart ... hair stylist
Harry Maret ... makeup artist
Vincent Romaine ... makeup artist
Joan St. Oegger ... hair stylist
Bud Westmore ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Ray Gockel ... production coordinator
Sergei Petschnikoff ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Willard Kirkham ... assistant director
Frank Shaw ... assistant director

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C.H. Barrett ... props
Ed Case ... props

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Leslie I. Carey ... sound
Edwin S. Hall ... sound technician
Corson Jowett ... sound
Kenneth Wilson ... sound technician
Howard S. Wollman ... sound technician
Edward L. Sandlin ... sound editor (uncredited)
Joe Sikorsky ... sound editor (uncredited)

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Glen Johnson ... special effects

Stunts

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John Daheim ... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... stunts (uncredited)

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Madison S. Lacy ... still photographer
Warren Monroe ... gaffer
Louis Schwartz ... assistant camera
Lloyd Ward ... camera operator
Walter Woodworth ... grip

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Rose Brandi ... wardrobe
Claire Cramer ... wardrobe
Jay A. Morley Jr. ... costumes

Music Department

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Joseph Gershenson ... music supervisor
Ethmer Roten ... musician: flute (uncredited)

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Irvin Berwick ... dialogue coach
William Fritzsche ... technicolor color consultant
Betty A. Griffin ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

The sheriff of Gunlock is planning to hang Sam Hall, who shot three farmers found on cattle land, at sundown. At the casino, betting is 8 to 3 he won't make it. The cattlemen are set to rescue Sam; the farmers hope to lynch him before he can be rescued; and Hall schemes for escape with his girl Nellie. But Sheriff Jorden is most concerned with finding out who hired Hall: a leading suspect is the sheriff's future brother-in-law. Written by Rod Crawford

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Taglines THE STORY OF THE MOST DESPERATE GAMBLE THE WEST HAS EVER KNOWN! (original print ad - all caps) See more »
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Also Known As
  • Law Man (United States)
  • La corde est prête (France)
  • El último sol (Spain)
  • Noch heute sollst du hängen (West Germany)
  • Esecuzione al tramonto (Italy)
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  • 80 min
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Goofs A couple of townsmen hurry sheriff Jorden to make a decision, because "It's almost two o'clock"(pm). But later, while sheriff is firing back at ranchers from his office, there is a clock on the wall and the time it shows is around 10:30, though it's still daylight. See more »
Soundtracks Sam Hall See more »
Quotes Sam Hall: [refusing blindfold prior to hanging] "The Sun's setting for me. It'd be a shame to miss it."
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