Classic Movie Discussion Group
Public is invited to a free viewing and discussion of the movie “The Hanging Tree” (1959 108 min.)”The viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday December 13, 2017 at 6 pm with Jerry Lincecum leading the discussion.
THE HANGING TREE. Warner Brothers, 1959. Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden, George C. Scott, Karl Swenson, John Dierkes, Virginia Gregg, with Ben Piazza as Rune. Screenplay: Wendell Mayes & Halstead Welles, based on the novella by Dorothy Johnson. Music by Max Steiner. Title song sung by Marty Robbins. Directed by Delmer Daves and (uncredited) Karl Malden.
The Hanging Tree was Gary Cooper’s last western other than the documentary The Real West, and appropriately it is one of the best of his career, and one of the best of the 1950‘s, the golden age of the Hollywood Western. It’s based on the novella by Dorothy Johnson (A Man Called Horse, The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance) and directed by Delmer Daves (3:10 to Yuma, Jubal), or it was supposed to be directed by Daves until he fell ill and Gary Cooper, whose company was also producing the film, asked Karl Malden to take the helm. It proved a remarkable collaboration and the start of a friendship and mutual admiration society that lasted until Cooper’s death.
Like most good westerns the story is simple, Doctor Joe Frail follows the 1873 Montana Gold Trail to a small mining community, mostly tents and mud, where he sets up practice. When a boy, Rune (Ben Piazza) is shot for stealing from a sluice Frail saves him and makes him his bondsman, a virtual slave, blackmailing him with the bullet that proves he was the sluice thief.
It’s a rough little town not improved by glad-handing backstabbing miner Frenchy (Karl Malden) who knows Doc Frail from another mining camp, knows how fast he is, and about the fire Frail may have set that burned his wife and her lover alive.
The free viewing will be held at the Covenant Community Center, 322 W. Pecan in Sherman, on Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 6 pm, with Walter Brice & Jerry Lincecum as organizers. To receive an email notice a couple of days before the showing send email to firstname.lastname@example.org type ”send movie notice” with name, phone and email.
Popcorn and lemonade furnished. Bring your soda and chair pillow and invite a friend.
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