Sunday, March 14, 2010

HANG EM' HIGH (1968)

Hang 'Em High (1968). Western. Director: Ted Post. Produced and co-written by Leonard Freeman. Cast: Clint Eastwood, Inger Stevens, Ed Begley, and Pat Hingle .

Jed Cooper is caught by 9 men and accused of killing one of their neighbors and stealing his cattle. Unfortunately, he does not convince them of his innocence and they hang him. Close by there is a U.S. Marshal on the trail and he saves Cooper, who is then brought to Fort Grant to stand trial. Soon it is discovered that the man Cooper bought the cattle from was the killer. Cooper is released, but wants to bring in the 9 men who hung him. The judge warns Cooper about taking the law into his own hands, Cooper says that he knows the law, being a former lawman. The judge then offers Cooper a job as a Marshal. Will he finish the job?

One of my favorite Clint Eastwood Westerns. This film will have you sitting on the edge of your seat. Eastwood gives a good performance as Marshall Jed Cooper. The story of having to work within the law in conflict with his own personal views is played out very well by Eastwood. Also, Pat Hingle and Ed Begley both give excellent performances.

Scene from the western movie "Hang 'em High" where the Marshall Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) has a confrontation with Reno (played by Joseph Sirola), one of the guys who hanged him.

1 comment:

Paul 2 said...

Dawn ,This is a early Clint favorite of mine too. Good Direction by the underrated (by some ) Ted Post who was not the first choice to direct .Sergio Leone was approached to do the film but was working on another film at the time. I also like that both Dennis Hooper and James MacArthur have parts in the film.