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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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  (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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16 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Stopping A Range Feud, 5 January 2008
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The final phase of Joel McCrea's career was spent at Allied Artists, the renamed Monogram Pictures, where he did a group of good B westerns. The Tall Stranger based on a Louis L'Amour novel is one of the best.

McCrea spots some cattle rustling and is left for dead after being shot by one of the rustlers. He's found by members of a wagon train who nurse him back to health. But Joel's real suspicious of the leader of this train of ex-Confederates who is George Neise. They're looking to settle on land owned by Barry Kelley who is McCrea's half brother and who is estranged from McCrea over the Civil War.

What Neise is looking to do is start a nice range war with Kelley and his plan is based on the fact that Kelley's a mean and hard-bitten old soul who shoots first and asks questions later. It's up to McCrea to keep things from boiling over. How successful he is, you'll have to see the film for.

You won't be disappointed if you do see the film. Virginia Mayo is the woman with a small son, Phil Phillips, on the wagon train that Joel takes a hankering to. A very mean and cunning villain played by Michael Ansara also has a hankering for Mayo and he's not one to go about the usual courting procedures.

Besides those already mentioned such western regulars as Ray Teal, Leo Gordon, Michael Pate, and Whit Bissell are in the cast. It's nice to see Leo Gordon in a role that doesn't call for him to be a mean psychopath.

The Tall Stranger is a good fast paced western that fans of the genre and fans of Joel McCrea will definitely like.

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