Hang 'em High comes across as a poor-made imitation of a poor Italian-made imitation of an American western. It stars Clint Eastwood as a man bent on vengeance and is an episodic, rambling tale which glorifies personal justice, and mocks orderly justice.

Hang ‘em High comes across as a poor-made imitation of a poor Italian-made imitation of an American western. It stars Clint Eastwood as a man bent on vengeance and is an episodic, rambling tale which glorifies personal justice, and mocks orderly justice.

Eastwood is hanged (but not killed) by do-it-yourself vigilantes, headed by ed Begley; district judge Pat Hingle recruits Eastwood to be a deputy marshal, and part of the job is to round up those who wronged him. Inger Stevens drifts in and out as a forced romantic interest.

From then on, film drags along through at least a dozen killings and legal hangings, shown in meticulous, morbid detail. Plot makes Hingle practically psychotic in his pursuit of ‘justice’, and in the big hanging scene he fairly drools over the event.

Eastwood projects a likeable image, but the part is only a shade more developed over his Sergio Leone Italoaters. Begley goes way overboard in mugging the climactic shoot-out and hang-in.

Hang 'Em High

Production

United Artists/Malpaso. Dir Ted Post; Producer Leonard Freeman; Screenplay Leonard Freeman, Mel Goldberg; Camera Leonard South, Richard Kines; Music Dominic Frontiere

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS, DVD. Extract of a review from 1968. Running time: 114 MIN.

With

Clint Eastwood Inger Stevens ed Begley Pat Hingle Arlene Golonka Ben Johnson

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