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Hang 'Em High (1968) was a Western - Crime Film directed by Ted Post and produced by Leonard Freeman, Irving L. Leonard and Robert Stambler.

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Clint Eastwood in Hang 'Em High

By Rick29 on Aug 24, 2020 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

Clint Eastwood's first American film after achieving international stardom in Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy was predictably a Western. What is surprising is that Eastwood chose to ignore the qualities that made Leone's Western pictures unique. I wouldn't call Hang 'Em High (1968) conventional--it's... Read full article


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Jennifer, the Prostitute: I wanna see the hangin'!
[as Cooper drags her off to bed]


Judge Adam Fenton: You think I judged him too harshly? Used him for kindling my fire of justice? Well, maybe that's inevitable when there's only one man, one court, with the power of final justice over a territory that's five times the size of most states. Mistakes? Oh, I've made 'em, Cooper. Don't you doubt about that. Don't you doubt, either, there are times sitting up there in that judgement seat I wished, I prayed, that there was someone standing between me and God Almighty - someone with the power to say, "You're wrong, Fenton. You've made an error in law - that this man deserves another trial, this man here a reprieve, this man is innocent." But until this territory becomes a state with a governor and a state court of appeals, I am the law here - all the law. If you don't like that, you can cuss me till hell freezes over... or you can join me, Cooper; even fight me. Help me turn this God forsaken territory into a state where no one man calls himself the law.


Judge Adam Fenton: Pick up the badge, Mr. Cooper.
[Cooper glares at Fenton]
Judge Adam Fenton: Pick up the badge, or leave justice to me and my men.


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CASTLE THUNDER: Heard several times during the rain after Jed and Rachel's picnic.
Reportedly, producer Leonard Freeman clashed with director Ted Post during production. One day Freeman showed up on the set, issuing orders and taking charge. Post wanted to confront him, but Clint Eastwood intervened. Eastwood spoke to Freeman, and Freeman left the set and didn't return. What he said was, "If you show up on this set again, there won't be a set ... won't be a cast, won't be a crew."
The character of Judge Adam Fenton was based in part on Judge Isaac Parker whose federal court in Fort Smith, Arkansas had jurisdiction over the Oklahoma and Indian Territories.
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