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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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Very adequate, quite gritty Western 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)

Did You Know?

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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14 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Very adequate, quite gritty Western, 24 November 2006
Author: Marlburian from United Kingdom

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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