PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Drama
Mace Bishop (James Stewart) masquerades as a hangman in order to save his outlaw brother, Dee (Dean Martin), from the gallows, runs to Mexico chased by Sheriff July Johnson's (George Kennedy's) posse and fights against Mexican bandits.
The plot device of saving the crooks from the gallows by using a fake hangman was used in "Cat Ballou" (1965).
You didn't have to do this!
Dee Bishop: I didn't do it, he did it. If he hadn't a done it, I'd a done it.
When the undertaker holding the rope in his left hand, his hands are clasped together. He turns toward the gallows and the next shot shows him with the rope in his left hand, but his hands are dangling at his sides as he starts up the gallows stairs.
When originally released theatrically in the UK, the BBFC made cuts to secure a 'A' rating. 16 secs of cuts were made to the UK video version for release in 1988 to reduce the attempted rape of Maria by the bandit leader. The cuts were waived for the 2005 DVD.