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Hang 'Em High
Director: Ted Post (Dir)
Release Date:   1968
Premiere Information:   Chicago opening: 31 Jul 1968
Duration (in mins):   114
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Cast:   Clint Eastwood (Jed Cooper)  
    Inger Stevens (Rachel)  
    Ed Begley (Captain Wilson)  
    Pat Hingle (Judge Adam Fenton)  
    Charles McGraw (Sheriff Ray Calhoun)  
    Ruth White (Madame Sophie)  
    Arlene Golonka (Jennifer)  
    James MacArthur (Preacher)  
    Bruce Dern (Miller)  
    Alan Hale Jr. (Stone)  
    James Westerfield (Prisoner)  
    Dennis Hopper (Prophet)  
    L. Q. Jones (Loomis)  
    Bert Freed (Hangman)  
    Michael O'Sullivan (Francis Duffy)  
    Tod Andrews (Attorney)  
    Rick Gates (Ben)  
    Bruce Scott (Billy Joe)  
    Roy Glenn (Guard)  
    Ben Johnson    
    Jack Ging    
    Joseph Sirola    
    Bob Steele    
    Russell Thorson    
    Ned Romero    
    Jonathan Lippe    
    Richard Guizon    
    Mark Lenard    
    Paul Sorensen    
    Richard Angarola    
    Larry Blake    
    Ted Thorpe    
    Robert Jones    
    Barry Cahill    
    John Wesley    
    Dennis Dengate    
    William Zuckert    
    Hal England    
    Robert B. Williams    
    Tony Di Milo    

Summary: In Oklahoma in 1889 rancher Jed Cooper is hanged and left for dead by a nine-man lynch mob who believe him guilty of murder and cattle-rustling. After being saved by a passerby, Jed is exonerated and then appointed deputy marshal by Judge Adam Fenton. Jed rounds up many of the territory's toughest outlaws, but he refrains from tracking down his nine hangmen because of the judge's admonitions about taking the law into his own hands. Eventually, however, Captain Wilson, leader of the lynch mob, shoots Jed to protect his own life. Only wounded, however, Jed is nursed back to health by Rachel, a young widow who is seeking revenge against the same men who raped her after shooting down her husband. Once Jed has recovered, he pursues and kills part of Wilson's gang; the others desert Wilson, who hangs himself rather than face Jed's wrath. Aware that his vengeance has offered him no solace, Jed attempts to turn in his badge. Judge Fenton salves his conscience by releasing a prisoner who gave himself up, and Jed consents to stay on as marshal. 

Production Company: Leonard Freeman Productions  
  The Malpaso Company  
Distribution Company: United Artists  
Director: Ted Post (Dir)
  Richard C. Bennett (Asst dir)
  Donald C. Klune (Asst dir)
Producer: Leonard Freeman (Prod)
  Robert Stambler (Supervisor prod)
  Irving Leonard (Assoc prod)
Writer: Leonard Freeman (Scr)
  Mel Goldberg (Scr)
Photography: Leonard South (Dir of photog)
  Richard Kline (Cine)
Art Direction: John B. Goodman (Art dir)
Film Editor: Gene Fowler Jr. (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Arthur Krams (Set dec)
Costumes: Gene Murray (Ward)
  Glen Wright (Ward)
  Elva Martien (Ward)
Music: Dominic Frontiere (Mus)
  Edward B. Powell (Orch)
  John Caper, Jr. (Mus supv)
Sound: Franklin Milton (Sd)
  Al Strasser Jr. (Sd)
Special Effects: George Swartz (Spec eff)
  Pacific Title (Main titles)
Make Up: Keester Sweeney (Makeup)
  Irving Pringle (Makeup)
Production Misc: Frank Mayer (Prod mgr)
Country: United States

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Leonard Freeman Productions 12/4/1968 dd/mm/yyyy LP35839

Physical Properties: col: De Luxe
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Genre: Western
 
Subjects (Major): Judges
  Lynching
  Murder
  Oklahoma
  Outlaws
  Ranchers
  Rape
  Revenge
  Rustlers
  Suicide
  United States. Marshals
  Widows

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