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The Tall Stranger (1957)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 17 November 1957 (USA)
Back from the Civil War, an ex-Yankee officer aids a wagon train of former Confederates settle in a prosperous valley marred by cattle-rustling and land-grabbing feuds.

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Ned Bannon
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Ellen
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Hardy Bishop
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Zarata
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Adam Judson
James Dobson ...
Dud
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Mort Harper (as George Neise)
Adam Kennedy ...
Red
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Charley
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Stark
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Cap
Philip Phillips ...
Will
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Pagones
Jennifer Lea ...
Mary (as Jenifer Lea)
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Chavez
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Ned Bannon comes across rustlers and is shot and left for dead, but is found in time by a wagon train heading for California. When he recovers he becomes suspicious of the two outsiders who are leading the train into a dead-end valley owned by his hostile half-brother. Braving his relative's animosity going back to the Civil War, Bannon makes contact to try and avoid a showdown. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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During the fight that ensues in the corral at Bannon's and Bishop's first confrontation, Bannon hits Bishop into a hitching rail which breaks off. The end of one post is seen to be cleanly sawed off instead of splintered and broken off. See more »

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Referenced in M Squad: Shot in the Dark (1958) See more »

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McCrea meets the stupidest bunch of settlers and tries to help them in spite of themselves!
30 January 2017 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the film begins, Ned Bannon (Joel McCrea) is ambushed and shot. Before blacking out, he notices a very fancy gun used by the shooter. When he comes to, he's in a camp full of settlers heading west. They've treated his wounds and he's very grateful to them. However, they inexplicably are being led by some folks who are intent on leading them onto someone else's land! They know it...but convince the very gullible settlers that Bannon is either wrong or lying. So, Bannon goes to find the landowner and convince him to give him a few days...but the folks leading the settlers reject an offer to talk and simply attack! Soon it looks like a war is about to break out...when Bannon discovers one of the folks leading the settlers has that same fancy rifle!

As usual, Joel McCrea is excellent--as he was in all his westerns. While never a sexy sort of leading man in the films, he was big, strong and very believable. I just wish they hadn't made the settlers THIS stupid and pig-headed! That is a big of a weakness of the film, as they are just too easily led...or misled. Still, even with this, it's a good story and worth seeing.


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