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||IMDB Rating: 7.0/10 from 23,128 votes
||Release: 5 September 1968 (Netherlands) /
||Genre: Action, Drama, Western
||Director: Ted Post,
||Stars: Alan Hale Jr., Arlene Golonka, Ben Johnson, Bruce Dern, Charles McGraw, Clint Eastwood, Dennis Hopper, Ed Begley, Inger Stevens, James Westerfield, Joseph Sirola, L.Q. Jones, Michael O'Sullivan, Pat Hingle, Ruth White
||Synopsis: A band of vigilantes catch Jed Cooper and, incorrectly believing him guilty of cattle rustling and murder, hang him and leave him for dead. But he doesn't die. He returns to his former profession of lawman to hunt down his lynchers and bring them to justice. Written by John Oswalt <[email protected]>
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"Hang 'Em High" is a fictionalized account of Hangin' Judge Parker's
court at Fort Smith, Arkansas. Judge Parker had jurisdiction over a
large chunk of Indian Territory (Oklahoma today). The house of ill
repute in the film is a fictionalized version of Miss Laura's Social
Club which still stands in Fort Smith and has the dubious distinction
of being the only whore house on the National Register of Historic
Places. In the movie, Fort Smith becomes Fort Grant but a few of the
place names used are actual names of towns nearby, such as Alma,
Arkansas, and Poteau, Oklahoma. The river in "Hang 'Em High" is too
small (even before the locks and dams) to be the Arkansas River but
could stand in for the Poteau River; the confluence of the two rivers
occurs at Belle Point in Fort Smith. Most of the movie was shot in
California and New Mexico (certainly not eastern Oklahoma) but the
scenes of the gallows and the judge's court and office look very much
like Judge Parker's Court in Fort Smith that is also on the National
Register of Historic Places. If not actually filmed there, then the
producer and director did an excellent job recreating it as a set. Even
the dungeon jail is correct.
This was Clint Eastwood's first American western following his triumph
in Sergio Leone's spaghetti western trilogy. Eastwood wanted Leone to
direct this one but he was already committed to another project. From
what I read neither Eastwood nor director Ted Post worked well with the
producer/writer Leonard Freeman.
"Hang 'Em High" starts out with a bang, a lynching that backfires. To
show the audience that Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) is a good guy,
Cooper rescues a calf from drowning. This ploy was later used in
"Tombstone" when Wyatt Earp (Kurt Russell), on his first appearance on
screen, aids a horse that is being mistreated. Wyatt gives the
perpetrator a taste of his own medicine reprimanding him, "Hurts, don't
it?" Veteran actor Ben Johnson, who was from Oklahoma, happens on the
scene while Cooper is still dangling, cuts him free, then throws him
into the "tumbleweed wagon" full of thieves and cut throats bound for
Fort Grant and justice. After lingering in the dungeon jail awhile, the
judge clears Cooper and makes him a federal Marshall, warning him to
bring the nine men in who attempted to hang him, but bring them in
alive. The rest of the film deals with Cooper rounding up the nine plus
a few other killers along the way. There is also emphasis on the
different interpretation of justice by Cooper, a former lawman, and the
judge. This leads to several dramatic confrontations. There is a
parallel story of a search for justice by Rachel Warren (Inger
Stevens)who falls for Cooper and visa versa. They have a thirst for
vengeance in common.
Much of the movie is fiction, but parts are based on history. The
circus atmosphere that accompanied the public hangings in Fort Smith
during Judge Parker's rule is shown basically as it has been reported.
There were vendors present, hawking all types of goods and goodies.
Children wandered around with or without their parents. The fathers
would sometimes place their children on their shoulders so the tads
could get a better view of the executions. And there were multiple
hangings recorded, similar to the one in the film.
The viewer may enjoy seeing a lot of familiar faces in the cast.
Veteran actor Bob Steele plays Old Man Jenkins, a member of the
lynching party. Bruce Dern is as ornery as they come. He is not only a
member of the lynching party but a cold-blooded killer as well. Alan
Hale, Jr. (The Skipper to his Little Buddy), one of the lynching party,
is a blacksmith who seems apathetic to the incident. Dennis Hopper has
what could be labeled a billed cameo role. The viewer barely sees his
face at all. L.Q. Jones is a member of the lynching party turning in
his usual fine performance. Charles McGraw plays the sheriff of Red
Creek (possibly Garrison Creek, which today is Roland, Oklahoma) who
has a back problem--or is it a spine problem? James MacArthur makes a
solemn preacher extracting final confessions from the condemned.
Pat Hingle portrays the hanging judge in fairly realistic terms. The
real hanging judge never watched the condemned swing. Judge Adam Fenton
not only watches but nods to the hangmen when to pull the lever. The
masterful Ed Begley is the vicious leader of the lynching party who is
determined to make amends for his botched hanging of Cooper by hanging
him even higher next time. The lovely and sexy Inger Stevens turns in a
winning performance as a supplement to Cooper's vengeance. And Clint
Eastwood, well, he's Clint Eastwood. Need I say more?
Tags for Hang 'em High Full Movie
Alan Hale Jr.
, Arlene Golonka
, Ben Johnson
, Bruce Dern
, Charles McGraw
, Clint Eastwood
, Dennis Hopper
, Ed Begley
, Inger Stevens
, James Westerfield
, Joseph Sirola
, L.Q. Jones
, Michael O'Sullivan
, Pat Hingle
, Ruth White
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