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Hangman's Knot (1952)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 15 November 1952 (USA)
A Confederate Major and his troops are falsely led to believe the Civil War is not over, and become wanted men after they attack a Union Army wagon train in Nevada.

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Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins
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Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Major Matt Stewart
Donna Reed ... Molly Hull
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Jamie Groves
Frank Faylen ... Cass Browne
Glenn Langan ... Capt. Petersen
Richard Denning ... Lee Kemper
Lee Marvin ... Rolph Bainter
Jeanette Nolan ... Mrs. Margaret Harris
Clem Bevans ... Plunkett, the Station agent
Ray Teal ... Quincey
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Smitty
Monte Blue ... Maxwell
John Call John Call ... Egan Walsh
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In 1865, a troop of Confederate soldiers led by Major Matt Stewart attack the wagon of gold escorted by Union cavalry and the soldiers are killed. The only wounded survivor tells that the war ended one month ago, and the group decides to take the gold and meet their liaison that knew that the war ended but did not inform the troop. The harsh Rolph Bainter kills the greedy man and the soldiers flee in his wagon driven by Major Stewart. When they meet a posse chasing them, Stewart gives wrong information to misguide the group; however, they have an accident with the wagon and lose the horses. They decide to stop a stagecoach and force the driver to transport them, but the posse returns and they are trapped in the station with the passenger. They realize that the men are not deputies and have no intention to bring them to justice but take the stolen gold. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 November 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Outlanders See more »

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Gross USA:

$1,250,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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a western worth watchin
4 October 2009 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

Confederate special ops are sent to the Gold Country in Nevada to rob a gold shipment and then take the gold to Confederate Texas. After killing everyone, they find out that the war was over a month ago and now they are nothing more than robbers and killers. That description fits Lee Marvin's part fairly well, as when confronted by the leader of the squad played by Randolph Scott about killing the guy who was supposed to be helping them escape, Marvin answers that that's what they've been doing through the whole war. Chased by a posse of guys who are far worse than they are, they hijack a stage coach with young Donna Reed who plays a nurse, and her coach mate played by Richard Denning. The posse is led more or less by Ray Teal in another one of his classic cutthroat roles (see him in Along The Great Divide). The posse's problem is that there is no honor amongst thieves and their greed as much as other factors gets the better of them, but not before several tense scenes unfold in the way station where Scott and his men are holed up with Reed, Denning, and the father and daughter (who have their own issues) who run the place. Gold subverts just about every one in the movie, especially the cold opportunist played by Denning. That Confederate genteelness that you hear so much about in 50's westerns seems to contrast well with the greed and violence that seems about to erupt. It really doesn't extend much to Marvin's part who gets carried away with Donna Reed's good looks as he has her up against the fireplace, provoking a great fist-fight scene with southern gentleman Scott. Though the script doesn't always stand out and at times is a distraction, (maybe the story itself has some problems) this is still a western worth watching for a lot of reasons.


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