When your resume features two of the most beloved movie musicals of all time (West Side Story, The Sound of Music) you can excuse the public for thinking of you as a director of musicals. But Robert Wise excelled at many genres. Especially film noir.
Robert Wise’s Tribute to a Bad Man (1956) rests firmly in the tradition of psychological Westerns. James Cagney stars as Jeremy Rodock, a man who has what his ranch hands call “hanging sickness”... he’s obsessed with stringing up his enemies.