Dr Joe Frail (Gary Cooper in his last western film), trying to forget an unhappy past, drifts from town to town until in the mid-1870s he sets up practice in Skull Creek, a wild Montana gold mining camp.
Grubb (George C. Scott), the local preacher and phoney faith-healer, takes exception to the loss of business but finds Frail can use a gun as well as a scalpel.
But the worthy doctor hits trouble when he saves the life of a boy called Rune (Ben Piazza) who has stolen gold – a crime which could lead to death under “the hanging tree”.
Dr Joseph ‘Doc’ Frail
George C. Scott