The vicious Hayes clan amble into town on the day Judge Jim Scott is expected to sentence murderer Rudy Hayes to hang. Scott, who doesn't wear a gun, seems unconcerned and businesslike, even when Charlie Hayes makes an explicit death threat against him. But the townsfolk start wondering how much bloodshed one hanging is worth. Complicating factor: the sheriff, Scott's chief ally, is also the secret lover of Scott's fiancee Myra...Written by
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Now listen, Sheriff. I've got something to say so pay attention because I don't like to repeat. Us Hayes are in town on a matter of importance. We get real annoyed if some sly sheriff like yourself took to interfering. So you just keep your nose in your own pocket and maybe you'll get to see the sun go down.
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At 11 o'clock Judge Jim Scott has to hand down a sentence on Rudy Hayes, a man being held in the town jail on the charge of murder-- having been found guilty by a jury of his peers.
It looks to be a tough job for Judge Scott, played by Fred MacMurray with his pants tucked almost under his armpits. The job gets made tougher when four members of the Hayes family ride into town and begin threatening everyone in sight.
As if that isn't enough for Judge Scott to contend with, his best girl Myra, whom he has been dating for six years, is involved in an affair behind his back with the young sheriff of the town.
There are fistfights aplenty along with plenty of gunfire and quite a few character revelations as the story proceeds.
I thought it was a better than the average western. Although it does end somewhat abruptly, there are no major loose ends left hanging.
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