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The Tall Stranger (1957)

Approved | | Western | 17 November 1957 (USA)
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... See full summary »

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Ned Bannon
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Ellen
Barry Kelley ...
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
Leo Gordon ...
Stark
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Cap
Philip Phillips ...
Will
Robert Foulk ...
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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Walk Tall  »

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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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Very adequate, quite gritty Western
24 November 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A pleasing Western, with a little more grit in it than is usually found in one of the 1950s. It starts with Zarata's brutally shooting of an innocent onlooker - the hero Ned Bannon - then emptying his water bottle and leaving him to die, Hardy's beating up his ranch-hand who didn't prevent his cattle being rustled, Ellen's (distant) nude bathe, and then her attempted rape - and she also has a "past".

It was a little difficult to follow Hardy's changes in personality: his over-harsh treatment of his ranch-hand, his threatening of Ned, followed by him accepting him back into the ranch after a fist-fight, then the change of heart after Ellen's son plaintive question, "Why do you hate us"? Virgina Mayo is as eye-catching as ever, and Leo Gordon shows a great deal of screen personality. I've a feeling that McCrea had at least seven bullets in his six-shooter in the final showdown, but I'll leave others to do their own count.

It was nice to see James Dobson on the big screen; his filmography suggests a good career, but I remember him best as a trooper in the old 1950s TV series "Boots and Saddles".


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