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The Legend of Tom Dooley Details


The Kingston Trio's hit song with the lyrics "hang down your head Tom Dooley, hang down your head and cry..." may have been the inspiration for this well-wrought drama, but the film stands on its own. Three Confederate soldiers learn too late that the stagecoach they just attacked, killing two Union soldiers, was off-limits because the Civil War was over. Killing the former enemy after peace has been declared is considered murder, so the three young men decide to head for refuge further south. One of the three, Tom Dooley (Michael Landon) takes a detour to find his Northern sweetheart and marry her before escaping. That, it turns out, was a fatal mistake and the beginning of a folk hero and a folk song. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, Rovi


Michael Landon
as Tom Dooley
Jo Morrow
as Laura
Jack Hogan
as Charlie Grayson
Richard Rust
as Country Boy
Dee Pollock
as Abel
Ken Lynch
as Father
Howard Wright
as Sheriff
Ralph Moody
as Doc Henry
John Cliff
as Lieutenant
Cheerio Meredith
as Meg
Gary Hunley
as The Kid
Anthony Jochim
as Preacher
Joe Yrigoyen
as Bix
Sandy Sanders
as Rand
Juney Ellis
as 1st Old Maid
Maudie Prickett
as 2nd Old Maid
Jeff Morris
as Confederate Soldier


Ted Post
Stanley Shpetner
Stanley Shpetner
Gilbert Warrenton
Ronald Stein
Composer (Music Score)