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Hangman's Knot [DVD] 
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HANGMAN'S KNOT is an exciting, suspense-filled Western starring Randolph Scott and an excellent supporting cast, including Donna Reed (Best Supporting Actress Oscar(r) winner From here to Eternity, 1953) and Lee Marvin (Best Actor Oscar(r)-winner Cat Ballou, 1965). At the end of the Civil War, a smallband of Confederate soldiers ambush a Union gold shipment. To their horror, they learn from a dyingsoldier that the war between the North and the South has been over for a month. Now facing certain criminal prosecution for acts committed while they thought the war was on, the troop seeks refuge ina stagecoach waystation. A feisty ex-Union army nurse (Reed) and three others are held captive while the men plot their next move. The troops' leader (Scott) wants to return the gold in exchange for amnesty, but the bloodthirsty bounty hunters are closing in, and have every intention of taking the loot and hanging the soldiers. This handsome Technicolor production proved to be Scott's biggest co
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The story is of a small band of Confederate soldiers led by Major Matt Stewart (Randolph Scott) who following an attack a Union gold shipment discover from a Union soldier survivor that the war has been over a month. Lee Marvin plays one of the soldiers in his first of several films with Scott; another of the soldiers is young Claude Jarman Jr. Most of the action takes place in the Sierra Stage Line Way Station, where the soldiers are pinned down along with the stagecoach passengers and station keepers by a renegade band posing as the lawmen led by Quincy (Ray Teal) who were after the gold. Among the passengers are former Union army nurse (Donna Reed) and her no-good fiancée (Richard Denning). The tension rises as the advantage shifts from one side to the other before the leading up the eventual final showdown. A credit to all concerned with high production values throughout.
Hopefully Columbia will digitally re-master other fifty-odd year-old Randolph Scott Westerns like the wonderful RIDE LONESOME (1959) and his penultimate film COMANCHE STATION (1960) they deserve the best of treatment and care for future generations to enjoy.
As Scott grew older in his acting career, he made predominately Westerns. At the same time his face grew harder, more sinewy and austere. Something of his matinee idol looks and southern accent remained, but age brought something else - a moral gravitas that added immeasurably to his on-screen presence. Finally the 'Scott character' achieved a magisterial quality - a characteristic that added immeasurably to the ironic resonance of his last film Ride The High Country.
In Hangman's Knot, Scott plays a Confederate officer who only learns that the Civil War is over after a successful action in which his group take a gold shipment from Union soldiers. He and his men agree to return home, each with their share of the booty, but run across some outlaws who corner them in a way station, laying siege to them.
It's a situation familiar to those who know those later Scott-Boetticher masterpieces, and the familiar hallmarks are already in evidence. Even the same locations are utilised. Like the later films with a different director, this is a morality play, almost a chamber drama, where Scott makes a dignified stand of principle. In Hangman's Knot, those with the dark hearts are both outside the way station's walls waiting to pounce, as well as inside (a characteristic performance by Lee Marvin, reminiscent of that he gives in The Big Heat).Read more ›
Under Roy Huggins (Director / Screenwriter), Harry Joe Brown (Producer), Charles Lawton (Cinematographer), Mischa Bakaleinikoff (Musical Direction/Supervision), Gene Havlick (Editor), Frank A. Tuttle (Set Designer) - - - - the cast includes Randolph Scott (Matt Stewart), Donna Reed (Molly Hull), Claude Jarman, Jr. (Jamie Groves), Frank Faylen (Cass Browne), Glenn Langan (Capt. Peterson), Richard Denning (Lee Kemper), Lee Marvin (Rolph Bainter), Clem Bevans (Plunkett), Jeanette Nolan (Mrs. Harris),Ray Teal (Quincey),Monte Blue (Maxwell), John Call (Egan Walsh), Reed Howes (Hank Fletcher), Guinn "Big Boy" Williams (Smitty), Frank Yaconelli, Grant Withers, Edward Earle, Post Park, Frank S. Hagney - - - - Randy Scott had a quiet gentleman nature about him which is not seen in the films of today ...Read more ›
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I downloaded it , I have not watched it , I cannot find it on my computerPublished 7 months ago by E. J. Oswald
This item has been purchased for aa xmas gift so unopened at present.Published 9 months ago by Molly
One of the best Westerns I've ever seen, knocking spots off overblown rubbish like 'High Noon' and 'Rio Bravo'. Is this a B-movie? Perhaps - but what of it? Read morePublished 14 months ago by A.J.Bradley
Strange but I have really got into Randolph Scott's filmsPublished 24 months ago by william mackenzie