The Hanging Tree

As skilled with a six-gun as with a scalpel, Dr. Joseph Frail will need both. A tragic past shadows his days. The treachery of the mob clouds his future.
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  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 47 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 16, 2012
  • Originally Released: 1959
  • Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
  • Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen
  • Audio:
    • PCM Mono - English

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User Ratings: 1,053
Rating: B+ -- Gary Cooper shines in one of his very last pictures, a Western directed by Delmer Daves. Full Review
Apr 21, 2012
Rating: B- -- Gold Rush western about man's base nature. Full Review
Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Mar 16, 2005
...Memorably moody, this is exceptionally well shot...
USA Today
Jun 4, 1993
The Hanging Tree seems, if you go by the cast, all set to become a Top Western; but somehow has slithered. Full Review
The Spectator
Jul 13, 2018

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Dr. Joseph Frail (Gary Cooper) arrives in Skull Creek, an 1870s Montana gold camp, setting out his shingle near the camp's boom-or-bust hubbub of adventurers, ladies of fortune, mountain men and just plain decent folks. As skilled with a six-gun as with a scalpel, Frail will need both. A tragic past shadows his days. The treachery of the mob clouds his future. A determined immigrant (Maria Schell), a shifty-eyed miner (Karl Malden) and a hellfire preacher (George C. Scott) figure prominently in Frail's showdown with fate. Prominent, too, is the breathtaking countryside. Here the mountains are imposing. And a man alone looms ever taller.

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Gary Cooper stars as a mysterious frontier doctor, Joe Frail, in THE HANGING TREE. When a blind and ailing Swiss girl, Elizabeth Mahler, is placed under his care, Frail treats her, and then falls for her. However, it's not long before her miscreant partner, Frency Plante (Karl Malden), begins to stir up trouble for the couple. Director Delmer Daves delivers a hit with this film. It combines the psychodramatic elements of his war thriller DESTINATION TOKYO with the romance of NEVER LET ME GO. Featuring fine performances from all of its players, it marks the film debut of George C. Scott as Frail's mentor. A thinking man's western, THE HANGING TREE is a winning film.


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  • Sales Rank: 4,482
  • UPC: 883316604342
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