Hang ‘Em High (but not on Gilligan’s Island)

Published: Thursday, May 8, 2014 at 09:02 AM.

Jed Cooper dangled from a rope and lived to get revenge on those who tried to hang an innocent man.  Sounds like a Clint Eastwood movie doesn’t it?  For those of you who are fans, you know that it is a Clint Eastwood movie from the late sixties.

I’ve watched “Hang ‘Em High” many times.  I’ve watched it through the years and my opinion has changed.  The movie is still a classic, but I have trouble with the characters.

First, the plot of the movie – it’s a Clint Eastwood western, so it is pretty easy to guess who the hero is going to be and that he is not going be killed off in the opening scene.  A group of vigilantes round up Jed Cooper (Clint Eastwood) and accuse him of cattle rustling and murder. 

Of course, they were wrong…

They hang him and leave him for dead. Jed/Clint Eastwood doesn't die. He hangs there and miraculously lives until a fellow comes along and cuts him down.  He returns to his former profession of a badge wearing tough lawman to track down the fellows who left a really bad scar on his neck.

Clint brings them to justice – you know that he will.  He’s Clint Eastwood.  The next best cowboy to John Wayne – maybe even a better one for these types of movies.

John Wayne was born “Marion Morrison,” played football for Southern Cal, took his nickname from his dog (the “Duke”) and entertained folks for years to come…

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