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The Tall T (1957)

 -  Western  -  2 April 1957 (USA)
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An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws.

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Pat Brennan
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Doretta Mims
Arthur Hunnicutt ...
Ed Rintoon
Skip Homeier ...
Billy Jack
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Chink
John Hubbard ...
Willard Mims
Robert Burton ...
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Storyline

Having lost his horse in a bet, Pat Brennan hitches a ride with a stagecoach carrying newlyweds, Willard and Doretta Mims. At the next station the coach and its passengers fall into the hands of a trio of outlaws headed by a man named Usher. When Usher learns that Doretta is the daughter of a rich copper-mine owner, he decides to hold her for ransom. Tension builds over the next 24 hours as Usher awaits a response to his demands and as a romantic attachment grows between Brennan and Doretta. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Taut! Torrid! Tremendous! T Is for Terror!

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Western

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2 April 1957 (USA)  »

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Um Kopf und Kragen  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Two-gun Chink is carrying Colt Single Action Army (Peacemaker) revolvers; but when he shoots Mimm he is firing double action revolvers which Peacemakers are not. Hollywood loves rapid fire during shoot outs. See more »

Goofs

In the hideout is a fireplace with a highway torch burning in it. Commonly known as smudge pots, these round oil burners warned drivers of caution ahead. Patented in 1927 and commonly seen on roadways in the 1950s, this one somehow did a time warp back to the 1880's. See more »

Quotes

Pat Brennan: Did you love him?
Doretta Mims: I married him.
Pat Brennan: That's not what I asked.
Doretta Mims: Yes! Yes, I did.
Pat Brennan: Mrs. Mims, you're a liar. You didn't love him, and never for one minute thought he loved you. That's true, isn't it?
Doretta Mims: Do you know what it's like to be alone in a camp full of roughneck miners, and a father who holds a quiet hatred for you because you're not the son he's always wanted? Yes, I married Willard Mims because I couldn't stand being alone anymore. I know all the time he didn't love me, but I didn't care. I ...
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Boetticher's best
25 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

There's a scene in the film where Randolph Scott tries to tame a dangerous bull carrying with him no other possession that a candy bar. This works as an accurate metaphor for the cinema of Bud Boetticher and this film in particular, undoubtedly his best one. In `The Tall T' the forms essayed and executed by Boetticher in his task of reinventing the Western genre reach perfection. Everything is a triumph, from the script to the acting and especially through the coexistence of two levels of narrative permanently in tension with each other – the lineal and the psychological one. Boetticher is more than a very intelligent craftsman; he's a director who can transform a basic chat between two cowboys into a philosophical discussion about ethics. If this picture stands out among the other westerns of the Ranown cycle is maybe because of the bad guy played by Richard Boone, one of the most celebrated heavies in the history of cinema.


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