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Written and directed by Roy Huggins, Hangman's Knot is a 1952 American film starring Randolph Scott, Donna Reed, and Claude Jarman Jr. The film tells the story of Major Matt Stewart (Scott), the commander of a group of Confederate soldiers, who decides to attack a wagon full of gold protected by Union cavalry. The last surviving Union soldier informs the Confederates that the war ended over a month ago, and that they will now face criminal charges. They flee the scene, but are chased by rebel gold hunters. After lying to the rebels, Stewart convinces them to stop following them. When their wagon loses its horses, however, they are forced to reconsider their plans. Along the way they meet a Union Army nurse, Molly, and her fianc'. After a melee with more gold hunters that leaves many men dead, Stewart makes the difficult decision to turn around and take the gold back to the South.