The Hanging Tree

The Hanging Tree is a 1959 Technicolor Western film directed by Delmer Daves. Karl Malden took over directing duties for several days when Daves fell ill. The film stars Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, George C. Scott and Malden and is set in the gold fields of Montana during the gold rush of the 1860s and ’70s. The story follows a doctor who saves a criminal from a lynch mob, then learns of the man’s past and tries to manipulate him.