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

The Gold Trail

Montana 1873

Every new mining town's gotta have a

hanging tree. Makes folks feel respectable.

Everything for sale?

I wouldn't sell except

I'm needing a grubstake.

How about that cabin over there?

That belongs to the fellow that runs

the general store, but he ain't selling.

- How much?

- How much would you say?

- If you left it up to me: 5 cents.

- How about 1,000 - dust or nuggets?

- $ 500.

- Oh, she's worth more than that, lock stock and barrel.

$500 in gold coins.

Come on, let's go!

I'll throw her in for another

$5 gold piece.

No, thanks.

- Hey!

Sluice robber!

Hey, I think I got him!

Sluice robber! Sluice robber!

I got him real good!

Keep your eyes open for blood spots!


Sluice robber!

I don't suppose

you would help me.

Sluice robber!

- Sluice robber? Why should I?

- I'm bad hurt.

- Where is my shirt?

- I burned it.

What for? That's the

only shirt I've got.

If you wore that out of here,

they'd hang you.

- How did it feel?

- I've been better.

It ought to.

After what I dug out of you.

Leave a big hole?

Yes, but it will heal.

- What's your name?

- What's yours?

Doctor Joe Frail.

My name's Rune.

- Rune what?

- That's all. Just Rune.

- Where are you from?

- Where are you from?

Will you stop answering my questions

with another question?

Stop asking me questions, then!

How do you expect to pay me

for my professional services?

I can pay you nothing.

If I had any money, do you think I'd be dumb enough

to rob a sluice box and get myself hung?

Do you think I want to doctor you and

treat you for nothing?

Of course, you could earn your keep.

I could use a manservant.

All gentlemen should have one to black his boots

and swamp out the cabin.

- You can cook, I hope.

- No! And I ain't no servant!

All forms of life can be taught.

Even fleas.

Yes, you will be my bond servant.

And do as I tell you.

You can go to hell!

You know what that is?

It's the bullet I dug out of you.

An unusual calibre.

Even if they didn't see your face, this

could be your mark for the hanging tree.

How long will I have to work as your

servant before we get even?

As long as I say.

Maybe forever.

If I had let you bleed to death

You'd be dead forever.

You can start by cleaning up

this cabin from top to bottom.

Then you go down and pass the word

that Dr. Frail is open for business.

Doctor in town up on the hill!

There's a doctor up there.

What would we want with a doctor?

Come here.

How old are you?

New doctor in town!

A doctor in town up on the hill!

Open all hours!

Hey, boy!

- What's that doctor's name?

- Frail.

- Joe Frail?

- Yes.

You tell him you saw Tom Flaunce.

- All right.

- Thanks.

A doctor in town!

A doctor in town!

Doctor up there!

- Where is he?

- Dr. Frail. Up on the hill.

Let me see your teeth.

Nothing the matter here

except malnutrition.

What's that, Doc?

Not the right kind of food

and not enough of it.

I ain't had luck at the diggings, Doc.

We do the best we can.

There's a cow tied up in back,

coming fresh pretty quick.

Take it with you. I'm packing

this child on milk.

I can't pay for no cow.

I'll loan it to you.


Thank you, Doc.

How much do we owe you, Doctor?

Give me a kiss.

- I'm paid.

Who is that?

Now hear me, brethren!

If you bring your sick to the butcher

doctor, they will die!

His instruments are foul with sin!

If you are sick,

come unto me!

And I will lay my hands on you

And my hands will make you well.

Don't enter this place! Don't succumb to

the black magic of this devil's spawn!

Hello Grubb.

Don't turn your evil

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Wendell Mayes

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

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