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Two brothers, Ben and Clint, join a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. While heading for Texas they save Nella from the Indians, and she decides to ride with them. Ben and Nella start to get romantic, but Ben isn't ambitious enough for her, and she soon meets up with the boss of the cattle drive. Will she make the right choice, and, more importantly, will the cattle make it to Montana ! Written by
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Clark Gable had to stand on a box to look taller than his 6'4" co-star Robert Ryan in one scene. See more »
When Ben and Clint first enter the saloon and the livery stable in Mineral city, Clint's two-gun rig is hidden by his coat. When Clint follows Stark into the livery stable, his guns are strapped on the outside and over his coat, yet when they ride out of town, his guns are back under the coat. See more »
[pointing to a lynched man dangling from a tree limb]
Colonel Ben Allison:
Looks like we're close to civilization.
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Hello!?? You call these "tall" men!!?? Ha! They seemed awfully small and petty to me.
From my perspective, Ben and Clint Allison (the story's 2 main characters) were nothing but a pair of common criminals and equally worthless saddle-tramps. The only thing noticeably "tall" about these 2 scoundrels was the height of their over-inflated egos, especially that of Ben (played by, none other than, Clark Gable).
Set in the year 1866, this second-rate, 1955 Western (that shied away from close-ups) seemed more concerned, than anything else, about focusing in on the mega-stupid and totally predictable romance that transpired between Ben and that gold-digger, Nella (played by the buxom, but talentless, Jane Russell). There was really no attempt made here to develop a worthwhile story about the great, old west.
Yes. This Western did contain its fair share of gun-play, as well as feature a predictable cattle-drive, a laughable ambush and an inevitable Indian uprising (thrown in for good measure) - But, in the long run, the only thing worth any mention about The Tall Men was its nicely shot scenes in the wide, open country of Montana and Texas.
And, unfortunately, when it came to the likes of big-name actor, Clark Gable - At a tired-looking 55 he was completely unconvincing as Ben Allison, the rugged, cowboy stud-muffin. Gable's laughable performance as this character easily brought this film's rating down by a few serious notches.
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