When an innocent man barely survives a lynching, he returns as a lawman determined to bring the vigilantes to justice.
A band of vigilantes catch Jed Cooper and, incorrectly believing him guilty of cattle rustling and murder, hang him and leave him for dead. But he doesn’t die. He returns to his former profession of lawman to hunt down his lynchers and bring them to justice.
“Its not a perfect, polished or particularly great film – the characterization always stays pretty low and the romance between Clint and the charming Inger Stevens isn’t fully developed, for instance. However, it has its highlights – a memorable opening sequence and an effective musical score – along with its notable touch for seeing justice rather than violence and killing. A good effort that’s worth watching and not ignoring.” – gottagorunning – IMDB
“Pat Hingle portrays the hanging judge in fairly realistic terms. The real hanging judge never watched the condemned swing. Judge Adam Fenton not only watches but nods to the hangmen when to pull the lever. The masterful Ed Begley is the vicious leader of the lynching party who is determined to make amends for his botched hanging of Cooper by hanging him even higher next time. The lovely and sexy Inger Stevens turns in a winning performance as a supplement to Cooper’s vengeance. And Clint Eastwood, well, he’s Clint Eastwood. Need I say more?” – Crorie – IMDB