Good Day for a Hanging

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Producer Charles H. Schneer is best known for his films with special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, but he made notable movies that did not involve fantasy or science fiction. Good Day for a Hanging was one of them, directed by Nathan Juran and starring Fred MacMurray and Robert Vaughn. Columbia Pictures has released the 1958 psychological Western in a simple yet handsome DVD edition with a letterboxed picture capturing the original non-anamorphic (1.85:1) aspect ratio in a crisp, detailed image. The movie has ...
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Producer Charles H. Schneer is best known for his films with special-effects wizard Ray Harryhausen, but he made notable movies that did not involve fantasy or science fiction. Good Day for a Hanging was one of them, directed by Nathan Juran and starring Fred MacMurray and Robert Vaughn. Columbia Pictures has released the 1958 psychological Western in a simple yet handsome DVD edition with a letterboxed picture capturing the original non-anamorphic (1.85:1) aspect ratio in a crisp, detailed image. The movie has been shown exclusively in full-frame on television for decades and works far better in this format; the widescreen image allows us to appreciate important details in the composition that are lost in full-frame showings, such as one very suspenseful shot in the first ten minutes in which a pistol -- wielded by a bankrobber -- is held at the far left of the screen while outside of a window in the background on the right-hand side stands the town marshal having a conversation. The high-definition remastering gives the movie a sharpness that makes it look better than any broadcast showing, and the night shots have detail that was lost in earlier presentations. The detail extends to the audio track -- film is not over-scored, but what little music there is has good presence, and all of the dialogue is well delineated. The 12 chapters are adequate given the complexity of the plot and the psychological dimensions of the story. There aren't any extras, except for optional Japanese subtitles, and there is no trailer for this movie. There are trailers promoting Silverado and The Professionals, however, which are accessible through a cleverly designed menu that opens after an annoyingly long preview (which can be jumped past very easily). Now, if only Universal could be persuaded to release Day of the Bad Man, a very similar (but even darker, more downbeat) Western made by MacMurray that same year with a better cast, we'd be able to take in this mostly forgotten, very serious side of his career before he became permanently identified with Disney and family entertainment.
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All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Nathan Juran wasn't known for his Westerns, but he did well by the genre on Good Day for a Hanging (1958). Of course, he was fortunate in having a good script, by Daniel B. Ullman and Maurice Zimm from a short story by John Reese, which owes a fair amount to High Noon. And Henry Freulich's color cinematography (non-anamorphic widescreen) never looks too pretty, attaining a decent level of realism that fits well with the raw emotions of the plot. The script and Juran manage to have some fun inverting the conventions of the genre from the scene over the opening credits, depicting a group of what are obviously outlaws observing a stagecoach crossing the prairie -- at the risk of spoiling the movie, let it be said that little that is seen in this movie will play out according to the dictates of the typical western genre, or what we would consider common sense, but it almost all makes perfect sense; the major exception is Joan Blackman's portrayal of Laurie Cutler, the daughter of reluctant lawman Ben Cutler (Fred MacMurray) -- she is so resolutely stupid and naïve, that one suspects that her character is intended to be mentally challenged, or just plain unbalanced; that this isn't the case leads to a moment that audiences in theaters tend to cheer, when her character is knocked out cold with a punch to the face. But everything else works well and logically, and disturbingly so at times -- the violence at the end is a little too savage by the standards of the time to be considered cathartic, though there is ample provocation of the audience to elicit this reaction. In the end, it's a sad little movie with a lot to say about the dark side of human nature and some very persuasive performances by MacMurray and Robert Vaughn, and a memorable, poignant (and unexpected) co-starring turn by Kathryn Card (best remembered as Lucy's mother on I Love Lucy), as the widow of a murdered lawman.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/5/2005
  • UPC: 043396088528
  • Original Release: 1958
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  • Source: Sony Pictures
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred MacMurray Ben Cutler
Maggie Hayes Ruth Granger
Robert Vaughn The Kid
Joan Blackman Laurie Cutler
James Drury Paul Ridgely
Wendell Holmes Tallant Joslin
Edmon Ryan William Selby
Stacy Harris Coley
Kathryn Card Molly Cain
Emile G. Meyer Marshall Hiram Cain
Bing Russell George Fletcher
Russell Thorson Landers
Denver Pyle Moore
Phil Chambers Avery
Howard McNear Olson
Rusty Swope Midge
Harry Lauter Matt Fletcher
Gregg Barton Frank
Michael Garth Pike
William Baskin Man
Robert Bice Griswald
Paul Donovan Citizen
William Fawcett Farmer
Ed Hinton Citizen
Tom London Farmer
Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director
Henry Freulich Cinematographer
John P. Livadary Sound/Sound Designer
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
Charles H. Schneer Producer
Jerome Thoms Editor
Dan Ullman Screenwriter
Maurice Zimm Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [:11]
2. Eddie Campbell [7:29]
3. New Marshall [5:42]
4. "I Believe You" [8:38]
5. William P. Selby Attorney [5:29]
6. First Witnesses [7:27]
7. The Verdict [9:47]
8. Conscience [6:45]
9. A Sideshow [9:12]
10. Petition for Clemency [5:47]
11. Help for the Kid [7:31]
12. Bullet Time [3:59]
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Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Play Previews
   English Subtitles
   Japanese Subtitles
   Subtitles Off
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