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Tall Man Riding (1955)

Approved | | Western | 18 June 1955 (USA)
Larry Madden returns after several years still vowing to avenge himself against the humiliating whipping he received at the hands of cattle baron Tucker Ordway.



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Complete credited cast:
Larry Madden
Corinna Ordway
Rex Willard (as Bill Ching)
Cibo Pearlo
Tucker Ordway
Ames Luddington
The Peso Kid
Hap Sutton
Mickey Simpson ...
Deputy Jeff Barclay
Joe Bassett ...
Charles Watts ...
Al - Pearlo's Palace Bartender
Marshal Jim Feathergill (as Russell Conway)
Mike Ragan ...


Still seeking revenge against ranch owner Tuck Ordway for publicly whipping him years earlier and breaking up his relationship with Ordway's daughter, cowboy Larry Madden plans to oust Ordway from his ranch by having his claim to the land declared invalid. Ordway's daughter Corinna, believing Madden to be the cause of the family's recent misfortunes, is unaware that the local saloon owner also has designs upon the Ordway holdings. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Release Date:

18 June 1955 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der Teufel im Sattel  »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Dorothy Malone was billed on posters as "That 'Battle Cry' Girl." See more »


In the Proclamation read by Marshal Jim Feathergill regarding the land owned by Tucker Ordway, he refers to the current Secretary of State as James J. Blaine, as that is what is signed at the bottom of the page. His middle initial is actually G. See more »


Larry Madden: [Sniffs the air and moves his head toward Pearlo as he discovers the source of the scent] Nothing changes much. You're even using the same cheap-smellin' toilet water.
Cibo Pearlo: You never did like that, did you?
Larry Madden: It'll never take the place of a bath.
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Referenced in Joel King: Man with a Camera (2015) See more »


As the Brass Band Played
Music by Ray Heindorf
Lyrics by Jack Scholl
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Taking Down The Local Ponderosa
21 June 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Some of the same plot elements in the far more expensive James Stewart western, The Far Country which came out the year before are to be found in this fine Randolph Scott B western Tall Man Riding. Like Stewart in his film, Randolph Scott is a tough and touchy guy you don't push too hard and like Stewart he has two leading ladies and you're not quite sure which one he'll end up with in the end.

Tall Man Riding is a range war western and Scott's the loner who's ridden back into town and into the middle of said war. On the one side is John Baragrey the owner of the local saloon and a man pushing homesteaders in on the local Ponderosa owner and Scott finds him repugnant on general principles. On the other side the local Ponderosa owner is Robert Barrat who was making his farewell big screen appearance. Scott was courting Dorothy Malone, Barrat's daughter and Barrat thought him not worthy. He ran Scott out of town after administering a public whipping to him. Malone's now married to William Ching.

The only friend Scott does make is saloon girl Peggie Castle who is the personal squeeze of Baragrey. She'd like to trade up if she can and finds Randy quite to her liking. She even saves him from a bushwhacking.

Tall Man Riding has enough hard riding and gunplay to suit western fans and it is also a harbinger of the westerns soon to be populating the small screen with more adult themes. There are two other roles of note in Tall Man Riding, John Dehner plays a sleazy lawyer and Paul Richards plays a gunfighter on the payroll of Baragrey.

In my description you will also notice some plot similarities to Destry Rides Again and the climax involves a land rush which while not as spectacular as the one in both versions of Cimarron is still exciting enough and done well enough with the small budget this B film had.

Tall Man Riding is a really good Randolph Scott western, one of the better ones he did in the Fifties.

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