Hangman's Knot is an exciting, suspense-filled Western starring Randolph Scott and an excellent supporting cast, including Donna Reed and Lee Marvin. At the end of the Civil War, a small band of Confederate soldiers ambush a Union gold shipment. To their horror, they learn from a dying soldier that the war between the North and the South has been over for a month. Now facing certain criminal prosecution for acts committed while they thought the war was on, the troop seeks refuge in a stagecoach waystation. A feisty ex-Union army nurse (Donna Reed) and three others are held captive while the men plot their next move. The troops' leader (Randolph Scott) wants to return the gold in exchange for amnesty, but the bloodthirsty bounty hunters are closing in, and have every intention of taking the loot and hanging the soldiers.