The Hanging Tree

Synopsis: In 1873, on the Gold Trail, Montana, the mysterious and controlling Dr. Joseph Frail arrives in the small town of Skull Creek with miners in a gold rush. Dr. Frail buys a cabin on the top of a hill and he sees the smalltime thief Rune wounded and chased by a mob that wants to hang him. Dr. Frail helps and heals Rune; but in return, he demands that the young man becomes his bond servant. The alcoholic healer and preacher George Grubb tells to the locals that Dr. Frail, who is an excellent gambler and gunfighter, is a devil and has a mysterious past but nobody gives attention to his words. Soon the stagecoach is robbed by thieves that kill the passengers but the coachman survives and three days later he reaches Skull Creek. He tells that the horses had speed down the hill with a young woman inside the stagecoach. The men organize a pursuit and the rude Frenchy Plante finds the Swedish Elizabeth Mahler burnt and blind. Dr. Frail and Rune take care of her and they learn that Elizabeth and
Genre: Western
Production: Warner Bros.
  Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 win & 3 nominations.
107 min

eyes on me, Joseph Frail.

Brethren beware!

The Bible says...

Here's his Bible!

Beware, Joseph Frail. He who

diggeth the pit...

will fall into it!

Well, who's next?

Me, Doc. Remember me?

I was over at Oldrich Gulch last year.

Well, Frenchy. Are you ill

or looking for a stake?

No, I have a carbuncle on the rump.

Figured you could lance it for me.

That costs one ounce of dust,

or $20 hard money.

- Can you pay this time?

- Well, I got a little bit in the poke.

Come on in.

- Got yourself a helper, Doc?

- That's right.

Drop your pants and

bend over the table.

Rune, this is Frenchy Plante.

Don't believe a word he says

And don't ever let him

get behind you in the dark.

- The Doc's sure a caution, kid.

- I've found out.

- I just wish I could swing a gun like Doc here.

- Be sure to burn it.

Ever swing a gun, kid?

Doc! I came for a cure

not a killing!

If I could swing a gun like that,

I'd be the biggest man in Montana.

Ow! Doctor!

People would sure back off

the street when I'd come to town.

Kid, it's not old Frenchy, it's the Doc

you gotta watch out...

Oh! Ah!


Hey, quit it. Nobody's listening.

Society Red bets 300.

- Too dear for me.

- I can't do it.

- Check that 300.

- And raise you 300.

I'd like to call and raise with

this gold claim.

- Where is it located?

- Around the bend.

I'll allow 2,000.

- How much of it?

- All of it.

Take your time, Doc.

Like the man says, when the wind blows

too hard, tree's gotta bend.

Now wait a minute.

The tree hasn't blown down yet.


Ace high.

A pair of deuces.

What you gonna do

with all that, Doc?

Buy a ticket back to Illinois

and burn down another house?

I ain't gonna slap no

leather with you, Doc Frail.

Take the money, Rune.

What's that about him

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Wendell Mayes

Wendell Curran Mayes (July 21, 1919 – March 28, 1992) was a Hollywood screenwriter. more…

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