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The Tall Texan (1953)

Approved | | Western | 13 February 1953 (USA)
A group of travelers in the Southwest band together to search for gold on Indian burial grounds. Convict Ben Trask attempts to maintain order within the group as they are faced with greed and danger.

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Capt. Theodore Bess
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Joshua 'Josh' Tinnen
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A quintet of travelers journey in a wagon through Comanche county includes a tinhorn and his woman, a sheriff escorting an accused murderer, and a sea captain with a checkered past. After a renegade Indian tells them about a virgin gold field as thanks for saving his life, the group becomes fixated on the gold as greed becomes their prime motivation. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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BUILT FOR TROUBLE! See more »

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Der lange Texaner  »

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$102,000 (estimated)
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Water was very scarce in the area and the stream the miners panned from was artificial and shut off when not in use. See more »

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There is a violation of the 180 degree rule during the card game scene. See more »

Quotes

Laura Thompson: A man's dying doesn't mean very much to you, does it?
Trask: On the contrary, a man's dying means a lot to me.
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Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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18th Century Anglo-American folk song
[hummed by Luther Adler]
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A comment on the setting, music, romance and suspense of The Tall Texan
1 July 2002 | by (Hawkins, Texas) – See all my reviews

The Tall Texan succeeds because of a fortuitous combination of elements-setting, background music, romance, suspense, and characterization. Although termed low budget, the photography amidst impressive rock formations successfully creates the illusion of taking place on the edge of sacred Indian burial grounds somewhere northwest of El Paso in New Mexico's City of Rocks. The background music has the flavor of Aaron Copland as motifs for the Sea Captain (Lee J. Cobb) ,the crooked peddler Tinnen (Luther Adler) and Ben Trask,the Tall Texan (Lloyd Bridges) recur throughout the drama.The Tympani throbs create tension near the close as Ben Trask fights for his life. An intriguing romance develops between a free spirited woman (Laura Thompson-Marie Windsor) and a prisoner accused of a crime he didn't commit (Ben Trask- Lloyd Bridges). A rapid metamorphosis of contempt to admiration to affection develops as Laura discerns Ben's honest unassuming character. Ben Trask's rival, a hot tempered former sea captain wins the hearts of the audience by developing latent altruistic characteristics. Robert Lippert and Elmo Williams have masterfully and tastefully combined these elements into a well-made drama.


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