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The Ride to Hangman's Tree (1967)

Approved | | Action, Romance, Western | May 1967 (USA)
Three young outlaws try to stay together and keep one step ahead of the law.


Alan Rafkin


Luci Ward (screenplay), Jack Natteford (screenplay) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview:
Jack Lord ... Guy Russell
Melodie Johnson ... Lillie Malone
James Farentino ... Matt Stone
Don Galloway ... Nevada Jones
Richard Anderson ... Steven Carlson
Ed Peck ... Sheriff Stewart
Robert Yuro ... Jeff Scott
Robert Cornthwaite ... T.L. Harper
Paul Reed ... Corbett
Fabian Dean Fabian Dean ... Indian
John Pickard ... Pete
Claudia Bryar ... Mrs. Harmon
Robert Sorrells Robert Sorrells ... Blake


Three young outlaws try to stay together and keep one step ahead of the law.

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Half Dancer...Half Devil...She drove Men to the wrong side of the law. (original poster) See more »


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Contains extensive archive footage from Black Bart (1948). See more »


After Lillie's swim, her hair is suddenly dry and coiffed, in an impossibly short time. It is also a hair style that would never have been worn in the time period of the movie. See more »


Remake of Black Bart (1948) See more »

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Stagecoach-Robbing Buddies Compete For Music Hall Songstress
10 December 1998 | by stryker-5See all my reviews

This stodgy, unimaginative western was made in 1967, ten years after the genre had ceased to interest anyone. Important plot elements are left unresolved. Guy's love for Lillie, once it is thwarted, is simply dropped, and Guy doesn't seem bothered. Nobody refers to it again. The story's ending is utterly unconvincing, as though the writers were unsure how to 'tidy' the plot strands, and simply decided to cut the gordian knot. The actual ride to the tree happens in the first reel, and nothing resembling it happens in the rest of the movie. Jack Lord and James Farentino are pretty, and pretty good, as the male leads: they turn in competent journeyman performances. Melodie Johnson is miscast as Lillie: her radically unsexy screen presence is symbolised by the cringingly awful mimed song in her stage act. A wooden-headed plot, tediously predictable stunt action and weak humour can't prevent this being an amiable, if unchallenging, piece of entertainment. Curiously for such an unambitious film, it echoes and prefigures more sophisticated westerns of its era: the two heroes, trapped in a hovel, wisecrack while their assailants pile on the firepower ("Butch Cassidy", 1969) and they are saved from the noose by their partner's fancy shooting ("The Good, The Bad &c.", 1966). Not worth a trip to the cinema, but a mildly pleasant TV experience on a wet afternoon - which is how I stumbled across it.

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May 1967 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Technicolor)
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