The Hanging Tree

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Overview

Gary Cooper plays a frontier doctor with a checkered past who works in a rowdy Montana mining camp. Cooper falls in love with Maria Schell, a young Swiss girl whom he has treated for shock after she was the victim of a holdup. He finances Schell's grubstake, which makes her rich. When Schell's unscrupulous partner Karl Malden tries to have his way with the girl, Cooper kills Malden. Sentenced to an immediate hanging, Cooper is saved when Schell offers to give the town her valuable mine. A surprise hit in 1959, ...
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Overview

Gary Cooper plays a frontier doctor with a checkered past who works in a rowdy Montana mining camp. Cooper falls in love with Maria Schell, a young Swiss girl whom he has treated for shock after she was the victim of a holdup. He finances Schell's grubstake, which makes her rich. When Schell's unscrupulous partner Karl Malden tries to have his way with the girl, Cooper kills Malden. Sentenced to an immediate hanging, Cooper is saved when Schell offers to give the town her valuable mine. A surprise hit in 1959, The Hanging Tree was based on an award-winning novel by Dorothy M. Johnson. The film not only yielded a hit theme song by Mack David and Jerry Livingston, but also served as the film debut of George C. Scott, who plays Cooper's doctor predecessor.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Richard Gilliam
The Hanging Tree is one of three outstanding Westerns adapted from the stories of Dorothy Johnson. As in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valence and A Man Called Horse, Johnson is more interested in reexamining the clich├ęs of the West than in telling a conventional story. Not fully appreciated by critics at the time of its release, Hanging Tree features excellent, sure-handed direction from Delmer Daves, solid performances from stars Gary Cooper and Maria Schell, and a strong screenplay by Wendell Mayes and Halsted Welles. A surprise success at the box office, its brisk ticket sales benefited from the hit title song by Mack David and Jerry Livingston, a success story mirroring that of Cooper's 1952 Western High Noon. Though the plot has the structure of a traditional Western, the character interplay and psychological motivations are uncommon for a 1950s studio production.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/17/2012
  • UPC: 883316604342
  • Original Release: 1959
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:47:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 1,679

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Gary Cooper Doc Joe Frail
Maria Schell Elizabeth Mahler
Karl Malden Frency Plante
Ben Piazza Rune
George C. Scott Dr. George Grubb
Karl Swenson Tom Flaunce
Virginia Gregg Edna Flaunce
John Dierkes Society Red
King Donovan Wonder
Bud Osborne Horseman
Clarence Straight Dealer
Slim Talbot Stage Driver
Guy Wilkerson Home Owner
Annette Claudier Dance Hall Girl
Technical Credits
Delmer Daves Director
Gordon Bau Makeup
Marjorie Best Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel B. Cathcart Art Director
Mack David Songwriter
Stan Jones Sound/Sound Designer
Martin Jurow Producer
Orry Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Livingston Score Composer, Songwriter
Russell Llewellyn Asst. Director
Owen Marks Editor
Wendell Mayes Screenwriter
Ted D. McCord Cinematographer
Frank M. Miller Set Decoration/Design
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Shepherd Producer
Max Steiner Score Composer
Halsted Welles Screenwriter
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