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Christopher Knopf (screenplay)
Louis L'Amour (story)
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Release Date:
17 November 1957 (USA) See more »
He Rode Tall And He Walked Tall... The Stranger out of Nowhere! The wagon train hated him, even after his gun had saved them from a massacre! See more »
Ned Bannon comes across rustlers and is shot and left for dead, but is found in time by a wagon train heading for California... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Routine plot-efficient in execution, but beware of pan and scan monstrosity. See more (6 total) »


  (in credits order)

Joel McCrea ... Ned Bannon

Virginia Mayo ... Ellen
Barry Kelley ... Hardy Bishop

Michael Ansara ... Zarata

Whit Bissell ... Adam Judson
James Dobson ... Dud
George N. Neise ... Mort Harper (as George Neise)
Adam Kennedy ... Red

Michael Pate ... Charley
Leo Gordon ... Stark

Ray Teal ... Cap
Philip Phillips ... Will
Robert Foulk ... Pagones
Jennifer Lea ... Mary (as Jenifer Lea)

George J. Lewis ... Chavez
Guy Prescott ... Barrett
Ralph Reed ... Murray
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Stephen Carr ... Settler (uncredited)
Leonard P. Geer ... Ranchhand (uncredited)
William Haade ... Cattle Thief (uncredited)
Mauritz Hugo ... Purcell (uncredited)
Tom Lockwood ... Ranchhand (uncredited)
Tom London ... Ranchhand (uncredited)
Pierce Lyden ... Sam - Ranchhand (uncredited)
Don McGuire ... Settler (uncredited)
John Mitchum ... Porter (uncredited)
Ann Morrison ... Mrs. Judson (uncredited)
Danny Sands ... Settler (uncredited)
Bob Stratton ... Ranchhand (uncredited)

Directed by
Thomas Carr 
Writing credits
Christopher Knopf (screenplay)

Louis L'Amour (story)

Produced by
Richard V. Heermance .... associate producer (as Richard Heermance)
Walter Mirisch .... producer
Original Music by
Hans J. Salter  (as Hans Salter)
Cinematography by
Wilfred M. Cline (director of photography) (as Wilfrid Cline)
Film Editing by
William Austin 
Art Direction by
Dave Milton  (as David Milton)
Set Decoration by
Joseph Kish 
Makeup Department
Emile LaVigne .... makeup artist
Gertrude Wheeler .... hair styles
Production Management
Allen K. Wood .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Austen Jewell .... assistant director
Lindsley Parsons Jr. .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Sam Gordon .... property
James West .... construction supervisor
Sound Department
Carl Brandon .... sound editor
Ralph Butler .... recording engineer
Leonard P. Geer .... stunts (uncredited)
Loren Janes .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Danny Sands .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Green .... camera operator (uncredited)
Darrell Woodhouse .... chief electrician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bert Henrikson .... wardrobe
Music Department
Eve Newman .... music editor
Other crew
Mollie Kent .... set continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Walk Tall" - USA (alternative title)
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81 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Finland:K-16 (cut) (1959) | Finland:(Banned) (uncut) (1958) | Iceland:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #18641) | West Germany:16 (nf)

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Revealing mistakes: 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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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Routine plot-efficient in execution, but beware of pan and scan monstrosity., 20 June 2011
Author: Spikeopath from United Kingdom

The Tall Stranger is directed by Thomas Carr and written for the screen by Christopher Knopf from a story by Louis L'Amour. It stars Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Michael Ansara, George Neise, Whit Bissell, Adam Kennedy, Barry Kelley and Leo Gordon. A CinemaScope/De Luxe color production, film is filmed on location at two ranches in California, Morrison and Russell, with Wilfred M. Cline the cinematographer. Hans J. Salter scores the music. Plot sees McCrea as Ned Bannon, who has a run in with rustlers and left for dead. Luckily he is found in time by a wagon train heading for California. Nursed back to health, Ned becomes suspicious of two outsiders who are leading the group into a dead-end valley owned by his hostile half-brother. Ned must overcome family hostility to try and avert a range war from occurring.

Solid mid 50's Oater boosted by the reliable McCrea and some dark shades within the writing. Running at just over 80 minutes, picture condenses enough old time punch ups and shootings into the story to stop the routine nature of the plotting dragging the pace down. There's even some messages in here to show the writers wanted something more than just a yeehaw production. Sadly the film is badly let down by the pan and scan process and the lifeless colour. There are very few reviews of the film about, but nobody makes mention of the bad print of the film? Certainly the current print doing the rounds for British TV is so bad it takes much away from the film. Cline's (The Last Wagon/The Indian Fighter) location photography is barely seen-is this really in CinemaScope?-and periphery characters are heard but chopped in half! Even the normally radiant Mayo looks washed out due to the tired looking De Luxe color. There's a half decent film in the mix, but even with the best of home cinema set ups to play with, it's nigh on impossible to fully immerse one self in the movie. 6/10

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