The Hanging Tree (1959) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Hanging Tree1959

The Hanging Tree (1959)




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Doc Frail (Gary Cooper) is a silent drifter who rides into a lawless Montana town afflicted with gold fever. In very little time, he quickly proves himself to be equally as adept with a deck of cards and a gun as he is with his medicine. He saves Rune (Ben Piazza) from a lynching, and Elizabeth (Maria Schell) , nearly dead from exposure to the elements. Both are indebted to him for his interventions on their behalf. The villain Frenchie (Karl Malden) is an evil prospector who tries to take Rune's life and Elizabeth's virtue. When gold is discovered, an angry drunken mob threatens to set fire to the town and hang Doc in the process, apparently just for fun. George C. Scott makes an appearance in the film as the religious fanatic, Grubb.

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Gary Cooper
as Doc Joe Frail
Maria Schell
as Elizabeth Mahler
Karl Malden
as Frency Plante
George C. Scott
as Dr. George Grubb
Karl Swenson
as Tom Flaunce
Virginia Gregg
as Edna Flaunce
John Dierkes
as Society Red
Slim Talbot
as Stage Driver
Guy Wilkerson
as Home Owner
Bud Osborne
as Horseman
Annette Claudier
as Dance Hall Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Hanging Tree

All Critics (6) | Top Critics (1)

Daves directed in a fashion to give Coop full leash in playing his grim but sympathetic lend role.

September 2, 2020 | Full Review…

Maria Schell and Karl Malden add some nice shades of color, but for something a bit more salacious concerning mankind's wayward nature filtered through the Gold Rush, check out Erich von Stroheim's Greed.

August 25, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The microcosm Delmer Daves creates here would make Billy Wilder pause, and the final five minutes are a masterstroke of nihilism.

June 16, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The Hanging Tree seems, if you go by the cast, all set to become a Top Western; but somehow has slithered.

July 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Gary Cooper shines in one of his very last pictures, a Western directed by Delmer Daves.

April 21, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Gold Rush western about man's base nature.

March 16, 2005 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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