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Hang 'em High



"They made two mistakes... they hanged the wrong man, and they didn't finish the job!"

Eastwood stars in his first major American role in this exciting and intelligent western directed by the underrated Ted Post (whom Eastwood had worked with and liked in his "Rawhide" television days). Eastwood plays an innocent rancher hanged by an angry lynch-mob that mistakes him for a rustler and murderer. Saved from death at the last minute by a passing marshal, Eastwood is taken to the notorious "hanging judge" Hingle, who deputizes him and encourages him to track down the men who had tried to hang him, provided that he brings them back to town for trial. Eastwood, of course, ignores Hingle's ground rules and kills the men one by one until their leader, Begley, catches Eastwood off guard and shoots him. Once again he survives and goes after Begley, who has retreated to his ranch. After a lengthy gun battle in which all of the rancher's henchmen are killed, Eastwood corners Begley only to find that he has hanged himself.

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Listen as Clint Eastwood talks candidly about his thoughts on this film and why he ultimately decided to take on this film.

  • It was Eastwood's influence that got former Rawhide director Ted Post onto the film, although he hadn't directed a feature film for ten years.
  • By now Clint's price had gone up to $400,000 plus 25 percent of the gross.
  • The film marked the start of Clint's practice of doing as much of his own stuntwork as possible - here he was dragged across the Rio Grande with a rope around his neck.
  • Judge Fenton was based on a real-life hanging judge called Parker, from Fort Smith, Arkansas (which becomes Fort Grant in the film).

Jed Cooper
Captain Wilson
Judge Adam Fenton
Madam Peaches Sophie
Sheriff Dave Bliss
The Prophet
Sheriff Ray Calhoun
Marshal Hays
also starring
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Clint Eastwood
Inger Stevens
Ed Begley
Pat Hingle
Arlene Golonka
James MacArthur
Ruth White
Ben Johnson
Bruce Dern
Dennis Hopper
Alan Hale Jr.
Bob Steele
Charles McGraw
L.W. Jones
Jack Ging
Tod Andrews
Richard Angarola
Larry Blake
Barry Cahill
Dennis Dengate
Tony Di Milo
Hal England
Bert Freed
Rick Gates
Roy Glenn
Richard Guizon
Robert Jones
Mark Lenard
Jonathan Lippe
Michael O'Sullivan
Ned Romero
Bruce Scott
Joseph Sirola
Paul Sorenson
Ted Thorpe
Russel Thorson
John Wesley
James Westerfield
Robert B. Williams
Bill Zuckert

Directors of Photography
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Leonard Freeman
Ted Post
Leonard Freeman
Mel Goldberg
Richard Kline
Leonard South
Gene Fowler Jr.
Dominic Frontiere


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