Good Day for a Hanging

Good Day for a Hanging

Director: Nathan Juran Cast: Fred MacMurray, Maggie Hayes, Robert Vaughn


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The Springdale, NE, bank is held up and robbed by a well organized gang. One of the members is Eddie Campbell (Robert Vaughn), a onetime resident of the town and orphan who was brought up in part by Ben Cutler (Fred MacMurray), an ex-lawman-turned-rancher. While pursuing the robbers, the town marshal, Hiram Cain (Emile G. Meyer), is shot dead by Campbell, who in turn is wounded and captured by Cutler. The town council appoints Cutler as temporary marshal, and the prosecution seems like an open-and-shut case -- he begins to see signs of trouble when his own daughter Laurie (Joan Blackman), who was raised with Campbell and was once his sweetheart, refuses to believe that he's guilty of the crime. Ben's fiancée, Ruth (Maggie Hayes), also feels the boy deserves leniency, but the real trouble starts when Campbell's attorney, William Selby (Edmon Ryan), shows up; he first tries to compromise the jury pool by ingratiating himself with the asking the townspeople what we would now call "push" questions, about Campbell's being an orphan and a hard-luck case all of his life, under the guise of building his case. He's also just clever enough at the trial to shake the testimony of the five other witnesses to the shooting, but Cutler's testimony is enough to put the jury into the guilty column. Then Campbell starts working on the sympathy of Laurie and the townspeople who've been persuaded by his lawyer -- it's also been a long time since there's been a capital case like this in the state, and Cutler discovers that the townspeople and even the law may not be as ready to execute a killer as common sense says they should be. Cutler's and Ruth's romance is jeopardized, and he is pushed to the point of resigning when matters come to an explosive head.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/02/2013
UPC: 0014381861020
Original Release: 1958
Rating: NR
Source: Image Entertainment
Region Code: 1
Time: 1:25:00
Sales rank: 41,418

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Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Fred MacMurray Ben Cutler
Maggie Hayes Ruth Granger
Robert Vaughn The Kid
Joan Blackman Laurie Cutler
James Drury Paul Ridgely
Wendell Holmes Tallant Joslin
Edmon Ryan William Selby
Stacy Harris Coley
Kathryn Card Molly Cain
Emile G. Meyer Marshall Hiram Cain
Bing Russell George Fletcher
Russell Thorson Landers
Denver Pyle Moore
Phil Chambers Avery
Howard McNear Olson
Rusty Swope Midge
Harry Lauter Matt Fletcher
Gregg Barton Frank
Michael Garth Pike
William Baskin Man
Robert Bice Griswald
Paul Donovan Citizen
William Fawcett Farmer
Ed Hinton Citizen
Tom London Farmer

Technical Credits
Nathan Juran Director
Henry Freulich Cinematographer
John P. Livadary Sound/Sound Designer
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
Charles H. Schneer Producer
Jerome Thoms Editor
Dan Ullman Screenwriter
Maurice Zimm Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Good Day for a Hanging
1. Start [7:40]
2. Eddie Campbell [5:42]
3. New Marshal [8:38]
4. "I Believe You" [5:29]
5. William P. Selby, Attorney [7:27]
6. First Witnesses [9:47]
7. The Verdict [6:45]
8. Conscience [9:12]
9. A Sideshow [5:47]
10. Petition for Clemency [7:31]
11. Help for the Kid [3:59]
12. Bullet Time [7:30]

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