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He Rides Tall (1964)

 |  Western  |  6 April 1964 (Sweden)
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A rancher is pressured by his cheating wife and a gang leader, into trying to maim a marshal, after that marshal killed his reckless son in self defense.

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Cast overview:
Tony Young ...
Marshal Morg Rocklin
Dan Duryea ...
Bart Thorne
Jo Morrow ...
Katie McCloud
Madlyn Rhue ...
Ellie Daniels
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Joshua 'Josh' McCloud
Joel Fluellen ...
Dr. Sam
Carl Reindel ...
Gil McCloud
Mickey Simpson ...
Onie
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Burt
Michael Carr ...
Lefty
George Petrie ...
Crowley
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It's the last day on the job for Marshal Morg Rocklin who plans to get married. The new Marshal is due in town the next day. Unfortunately, a bunch of troublemakers are in town. Among them is rancher Joshua McCloud's no-good son who's bringing in a herd of cattle for sale. Immature, spoiled and quick tempered, the McCloud boy gets into an argument with his cowhands in the saloon and shoots one dead. The Marshal tries to arrest McCloud's son who draws on the lawman and gets killed. Postponing his wedding, the Marshal rides out to break the sad news to old rancher McCloud who has recently taken a young gold-digger wife. The old man drinks too much lately. The Marshal fears the worst for his meeting with the old rancher who doesn't yet know that his son was killed. To make matters worse, Bart Thorne, the McClouds' head ranch boss hates the Marshal and wants him dead. Written by nufs68

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They Crippled Him...They Forced Him To Draw!

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6 April 1964 (Sweden)  »

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[Thorne refuses to come to Kate's aid when Apaches decide to abduct her]
Bart Thorne: I guess this is goodbye, honey.
Kate McCloud: You can't! You can't!
Bart Thorne: It's either you or me and you got no vote.
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Anything with Dan Duryea is worth a look
3 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's not THAT awful. There were a few points of interest here.

Yeah the protagonist is virtually un-flawed, and he's played woodenly by Jeff Young. But Dan Duryea livens up the proceedings, as a slimy, womanizing, snake-oil salesman of an ex-con ranch foreman.

One of the supporting roles, that of the doctor who is forced to surgically disable the hero's gun hand, is given to a black actor, in a choice that was unusual for the time. The only character that even seems to notice he's black is the hero, and clearly it's supposed to further illustrate what a good guy he is, that he's unprejudiced. Yeah whatever.

Two, count 'em two quasi-rape scenes leave a nasty taste in the mouth. There's very little artistry to either, just ugliness. The Good Girl survives hers unscathed, the Bad Girl's ends with her death. The scene where Duryea hands her over to hostile Indians and stands by without doing a thing for her is chilling; if there was any doubt that his character was going to die by the end of the picture, it goes out the window here. You KNOW he's gonna pay for being that callous.

The climactic shootout scene is filmed at night, in and around a saloon with the lights blown out. This is the most visually interesting part of the film, with complex compositions of light and shadow. Nicely done in a noir-ish way.


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