The Ride To Hangman's Tree

  • 1967
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Western

Lord and Farentino are on the verge of being hung for their thievery but are rescued at the last minute by Galloway, an old pal. They rob a stagecoach for some needed funds, and Farentino heads off for California, presumably to retire. But upon arriving in Sacramento he teams with Yuro, a lawyer friend with connection to Wells Fargo shipments, who supplies...read more

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Lord and Farentino are on the verge of being hung for their thievery but are rescued at the last minute by Galloway, an old pal. They rob a stagecoach for some needed funds, and Farentino heads off for California, presumably to retire. But upon arriving in Sacramento he teams with Yuro,

a lawyer friend with connection to Wells Fargo shipments, who supplies Farentino with information about incoming goods. The outlaw comes out of his retirement, dons a mask (calling himself "The Black Bandit"), and holds up stagecoaches. On one coach, Johnson, a singer, manages to catch Farentino's

eye. Also on this coach are his ex-partners, Lord and Galloway, who foil the robbery. Wells Fargo rewards the pair by hiring them as drivers, and they later run into their old friend in Sacramento. They suspect he is the Black Bandit but cannot prove it. Lord tries to win the heart of Johnson, but

she belongs to Farentino. Word reaches them that a $30,000 shipment is being made, and Farentino and Lord cannot resist making one more robbery together. Little do they know that this is a dummy plot with a top Wells Fargo agent riding along to capture the thieves. But Galloway rides in to save

them once more, and the trio escapes. Realizing that they have nowhere to turn, the three bandits decide to turn themselves in. Before he goes Farentino decides to spend one last night with Johnson, who reveals she knew he was the bandit all along. This low-budget western is fairly amusing in its

own way, and it resembles its ancestors from the 1930s and 1940s with its stock situations, though the heroes here are bad guys. Lord, Farentino, and Galloway have a good three-way chemistry that makes the material work. An unnecessary nude scene featuring Johnson skinny-dipping is painfully

gratuitous. Director Rafkin went from movies to TV, directing such shows as "One Day at a Time" and "Alice."

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