#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – In 1873, on the Gold Trail, Montana, the mysterious and controlling Dr. Joseph Frail arrives in the small town of Skull Creek with miners in a gold rush. Dr. Frail buys a cabin on the top of a hill and he sees the smalltime thief Rune wounded and chased by a mob that wants to hang him. Dr. Frail helps and heals Rune; but in return, he demands that the young man becomes his bond servant. The alcoholic healer and preacher George Grubb tells to the locals that Dr. Frail, who is an excellent gambler and gunfighter, is a devil and has a mysterious past but nobody gives attention to his words. Soon the stagecoach is robbed by thieves that kill the passengers but the coachman survives and three days later he reaches Skull Creek. He tells that the horses had speed down the hill with a young woman inside the stagecoach. The men organize a pursuit and the rude Frenchy Plante finds the Swedish Elizabeth Mahler burnt and blind. Dr. Frail and Rune take care of her and they learn that Elizabeth and her father, who was killed in the heist, had come to America to settle down. When Elizabeth is healed, she falls in an unrequited love with Dr. Frail and she decides to stay in Skull Creek to seek gold with Rune. They form a partnership with Frenchy and Dr. Frail secretly finances them to begin their business with The Lucky Lady Mine. When Elizabeth learns that Dr. Frail is helping her, she is upset that he is trying to control them and she promises to pay her debt to him someday. During a heavy rain, a tree falls down at the mine and the trio of partners finds a fortune in gold underground. Frenchy takes some gold to town to buy drinks with the locals and when he is drunk, he takes actions that will affect the lives of the locals and Skull Creek, mostly of Dr. Frail, Elizabeth and Rune.
Plot: Character study of a Doctor who saves a local criminal from a mob who are trying to hang him, but then tries to control the life of the young man, realising that he can exploit his secret.
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A fascinating Western of the Gold Rush wave!
There was stars and superstars, and then there are the handful by whose success one may understand the nature of the movies’ massive appeal to the public… One of these rare people was Gary Cooper, a forever reliable cowboy who remained the strong fairly silent, man of action…
Cooper plays Doc Joe Frail, a frontier doctor running away from a personal tragedy… He now takes his Hippocratic oath with a little gambling and gunfighting in Skull Creek, a wild gold camp in the territory of Montana…
Cooper saves an accused thief from a posse and, after healing the young Rune (Ben Piazza), they become friends… Next the Doc treats a young Swiss girl, Elizatbeth Mahler (Maria Schell), for shock and blindness suffered from exposure to the sun after a stage holdup…
After succeeding in getting her sight back, Elizabeth was already in love with Frail… The doctor tries not to sound his feelings about her… Something was troubling his conscience deeply… He certainly hides a mysterious past…
Frail aids Elizabeth in a grubstake and, with her partners Frenchy and Rune, she soon strikes it rich… Frenchy tries to force his attentions on Elizabeth, but just then Doc Frail rides up…
Karl Malden is excellent as Frenchy, the hypocrite opportunistic, the person without scruples willing to make Elizabeth believes that he cares for her, and is after her love, not after her gold… Malden is very good as a supporting actor… He proved it in “The Gunfighter,” with Gregory Peck, in “One-Eyed Jacks,” with Marlon Brando, and in “Nevada Smith,” with Steve McQueen…
In his film debut, George C. Scott portrays the poisonous bible-punching drunk who incites and excites the whole town to carry Cooper to the hanging tree…
Jerry Livingston’s Title Song won an Academy Award Nomination…
Generally very good….
This is a very good movie that could have been a lot better with two small changes. George C. Scott’s role was completely unnecessary to the film and should have been excised. He was too good an actor for such a dopey character. Also, they call Karl Malden ‘Frenchie’ throughout the film, but why?! He seems to be attempting a French accent here and there–but rarely. It’s a shame, as otherwise it’s a really, really good film.
Gary Cooper plays a doctor that comes into a crappy mining town. You don’t know exactly what he’s done in the past, but he’s got a heck of a reputation with the gun. So, folks mostly leave him alone…that is, except for stupid ‘ol Frenchie–but more about that later.
Early in the film, Doc saves a stupid young man (Karl Swenson) and as a result, he announces that the kid is his indentured servant. Either that, or he’ll tell the other miners that the kid was the guy they shot who was trying to steal from their sluices! The kid isn’t happy, but he doesn’t seem to have any choice.
It gets a lot more interesting when a stagecoach is attacked outside town. Everyone but a lady is killed and the Doc takes her in and nurses her back to health. Tongues wag in this horrible town–in particular those of the viperous ‘ladies’ (Virginia Gregg is great as the leading slimy lady). You can tell there is some sexual tension developing between them.
However, some other form of sexual tension has developed. Frenchie is clearly a sex offender in training and Doc warns him to stay away from the lady. But, he doesn’t listen and the doctor beats the snot out of him. You know that eventually this will mean one of them will try to kill the other. But, what makes this an exceptional film is the ending–an ending that has a lot to say about greed and the baser nature of mankind. See the film–I really don’t want to ruin the wild ending.
Overall, a very well written film…aside from Scott! Cooper is great in one of his last roles–a real plum one. Watch this one.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 47 min (107 min)
Rated Not Rated
Director Delmer Daves, Karl Malden, Vincent Sherman
Writer Wendell Mayes, Halsted Welles, Dorothy M. Johnson
Actors Gary Cooper, Maria Schell, Karl Malden
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 1 win & 4 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1 (1.66: 1)
Film Length 2,943 m
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm