Good Day for a Hanging (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

Good Day for a Hanging (1959)





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When the sheriff of a small western town is murdered, Ben Cutler (Fred MacMurray) puts on a badge and organizes a posse to bring in the killer, a personable young hotshot known as The Kid (Robert Vaughn). Upon bringing The Kid back to town, Ben prepares to oversee his execution, only to discover that the townsfolk are in sympathy with the murderer and don't much care if he is punished. The longer The Kid remains in jail, the locals grow more and more fond of the prisoner, and begin working up strategies to prevent his date with the gallows. Much to his surprise, Ben is accused of being a cruel and sadistic man, and the evidence he has against the Kid is ignored and discredited--even by Ben's own daughter Laurie (Joan Blackman). It will take something more than Ben's word to convince his neighbors that they're wrong and he's right, and that "something more" isn't long in coming.

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Fred MacMurray
as Ben Cutler
Maggie Hayes
as Ruth Granger
James Drury
as Paul Ridgely
Wendell Holmes
as Tallant Joslin
Edmon Ryan
as William Selby
Kathryn Card
as Molly Cain
Emile G. Meyer
as Marshall Hiram Cain
Bing Russell
as George Fletcher
Harry Lauter
as Matt Fletcher
Ed Hinton
as Citizen
Paul Donovan
as Citizen
Tom London
as Farmer
Robert Bice
as Griswald
Joan Blackman
as Laurie Cutler
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Critic Reviews for Good Day for a Hanging

All Critics (2)

Fred MacMurray's stony inadequacies as an actor continuously weaken this well-meaning western.

November 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Unconvincing climax.

September 20, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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