|THE HANGMAN (director: Michael Curtiz; screenwriters: Dudley Nichols/from a Luke Short story; cinematographer: Loyal Griggs; editor: Terry O. Morse; music: Harry Sukman; cast: Jack Lord (Johnny Bishop/John Butterfield), Robert Taylor (U.S. Marshall Mackenzi Bovard), Fess Parker (Sheriff Buck Weston ), Tina Louise (Selah Jennison), Gene Evans (Big Murph Murphy), Mickey Shaughnessy (Al Cruse), Mabel Albertson (Amy Hopkins), Shirley Harmer (Kitty Bishop), Jose Gonzalez Gonzalez (Pedro Alonso), Frank Richards (Zimmerman), Nelson Leigh (Col. Hammond); Runtime: 86; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Frank Freeman Jr. ; Paramount; 1959)|
|"Robert Taylor, known as The
Hangman, carries this taut Western as the famed
deputy marshal who always gets his man."
by Dennis Schwartz
Curtiz ("Casablanca"/"Anthony Adverse"/"The
Comancheros") directs this dullish b/w routine western
that's scripted by Dudley Nichols from a story by Luke
Taylor, known as The Hangman, carries this taut
Western as the famed deputy marshal who always gets
marshal captures three of the four outlaws who
four years ago robbed a Wells Fargo stage,
and hangs two himself and allows the law to hang the
third. The relentless marshal tracks the
fourth suspect, someone he has no description
of, to a dusty frontier town. The marshal
discovers through the sheriff , Fess Parker, that the
suspect, Jack Lord, using an alias, has become a
decent citizen, is newly married and is working as a
freight driver. Tina Louise, the cleaning
lady, is Lord's old flame, who refuses $500 to rat him
out, but inadvertently leads the marshal to him.
Parker helps convince Taylor not to arrest Lord. After he lets Lord go, Taylor retires and takes Tina with him to California even though she was romancing the sheriff.
REVIEWED ON 4/17/2016 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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