MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 11,207 this week

Tension at Table Rock (1956)

Passed  -  Drama | Western  -  3 October 1956 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 318 users  
Reviews: 20 user | 2 critic

A reluctant gunslinger tires of having to defend himself at every cow town he visits, so he adopts an alias and continues his wandering. At an outpost run by a father and young son, he gets... See full summary »

Writers:

(screenplay), (novel)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 297 titles
created 01 Dec 2011
 
a list of 2998 titles
created 04 Feb 2012
 
a list of 221 titles
created 26 Apr 2012
 
a list of 576 titles
created 4 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Tension at Table Rock (1956)

Tension at Table Rock (1956) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Tension at Table Rock.

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Hidden Guns (1956)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The outlaw Stragg has the town so intimidated that no one will speak against him no matter what he does. Sheriff Young heads for a nearby town, where there is a witness willing to testify. ... See full summary »

Director: Albert C. Gannaway
Stars: Bruce Bennett, Richard Arlen, John Carradine
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When a notorious tough 'town tamer' is hired by the citizenry to rid of the gunmen driving them off their land, he finds the local saloon madam to be an old friend.

Director: Richard Wilson
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Jan Sterling, Karen Sharpe
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A handsome and successful young doctor returns to his home town in New England to see his dying friend for one last time. However, his friend wants to die because he is suffering so much ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Petrie
Stars: Richard Burton, Barbara Rush, Jack Carson
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

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.

Director: Lesley Selander
Stars: Randolph Scott, Dorothy Malone, Peggie Castle
Action | Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Jack Slade, son of the famed lawman and man-hunter, is hired by a Pinkerton detective, Joseph Ryan, to help wipe out a gang of outlaws and train robbers, Billy Wilcox, Hary Sutton and ... See full summary »

Director: Harold D. Schuster
Stars: John Ericson, Mari Blanchard, Neville Brand
Cry Terror! (1958)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Yesterday Jim Molner was an ordinary guy. Today he's a desperate man, frantically trying to save himself and his family, held hostage by a demented terrorist who's demanding $500,000 not to... See full summary »

Director: Andrew L. Stone
Stars: James Mason, Rod Steiger, Inger Stevens
China Gate (1957)
Action | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Near the end of the French phase of the Vietnam War, a group of mercenaries are recruited to travel through enemy territory to the Chinese border, to blow up an arms depot. A Eurasian ... See full summary »

Director: Samuel Fuller
Stars: Gene Barry, Angie Dickinson, Nat 'King' Cole
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  
Director: Richard Thorpe
Stars: Glenn Ford, Angie Dickinson, Chad Everett
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

While the Nazis regime subjugates European Nations, in Belgian Congo the doctor Rachel Cade tries to cure those troubled people. The colonel Derode falls in love with her but a young ... See full summary »

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Angie Dickinson, Peter Finch, Roger Moore
Quantez (1957)
Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Gang of robbers heads for Mexican border, meets unexpected opposition along the way.

Director: Harry Keller
Stars: Fred MacMurray, Dorothy Malone, James Barton
Certificate: Passed Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Army veterans, just mustered out of the service, are going to the one of the men's brothers ranch on their way West. Just as they arrive, Indians attack the ranch and kill the brother. The ... See full summary »

Director: Richard L. Bare
Stars: Randolph Scott, James Craig, Angie Dickinson
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Advertising executive Marshall Briggs finds his work in conflict with his love-life with fashion model Janice Blake.

Director: Hal Kanter
Stars: George Gobel, Diana Dors, Adolphe Menjou
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Egan ...
Wes Tancred
...
Lorna Miller
...
Sheriff Fred Miller
Billy Chapin ...
Jody Burrows
...
Harry Jameson
...
Kirk
...
Hampton
...
Jim Breck
Joe De Santis ...
Ed Burrows (as Joe DeSantis)
...
Cathy
...
Sam Murdock
Edit

Storyline

A reluctant gunslinger tires of having to defend himself at every cow town he visits, so he adopts an alias and continues his wandering. At an outpost run by a father and young son, he gets involved with a robbery in progress, and agrees to take the son to the boy's uncle, a sheriff in Table Rock, for his safety. Once there he finds the town gearing up for the arrival of a cattle drive and the unruly cowboys. He strives to remain uninvolved as the sheriff tries to get his help with the cowboys, but the sheriff nurses bad memories from an earlier incident that may threaten his effectiveness. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

A man like SHANE...the suspense of HIGH NOON!

Genres:

Drama | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

3 October 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Blut an meinen Händen  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

ageing bar girl: What's the matter, nobody want to play with you?
Wes Tancred: Leave it alone, I'm not a trail hand.
ageing bar girl: It's OK, I've got time.
Wes Tancred: No you haven't.
See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Wes Tancred
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Sung by Eddy Arnold
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
A Minor Masterpiece
17 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This superb '50s western is what I term a "minor masterpiece". By that I do not mean that it is inferior, rather that its "B" status will inevitably always relegate it to side discussions when the "big" westerns are brought up. But a very convincing argument can be made that this, and many other '50s "B" westerns-including in my view almost all of the Audie Murphy ones-are the absolute pinnacle of the genre.

Other reviewers have given good accounts of the plot so I will instead mention: the marvellous cast (DeForrest Kelly was underused as a westerner-marvel at his performance); the tension that I think is due to the modest running time and the quick, simple scenes that just flow so naturally; great, bright colour (I loathe the dark modern movies); a second-to-none score from an age when there were great film composers; all the essential elements are here-the boy, the tortured hero, believable domestic tensions, the baddies-you just care about these characters.

Every time this appears on British TV I seem to watch it afresh and discover more subtleties.

Minor masterpieces are not that much more common than major ones. Do not miss this movie.


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Composer Dimitri Tiomkin pgreenst-1
Discuss Tension at Table Rock (1956) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?