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The Tall Men (1955)

Approved | | Western | 12 December 1955 (Sweden)
Two brothers discharged from the Confederate Army join a businessman for a cattle drive from Texas to Montana where they run into raiding Jayhawkers, angry Sioux, rough terrain and bad weather.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Frank S. Nugent (screenplay) (as Frank Nugent) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Clark Gable ... Col,. Ben Allison
Jane Russell ... Nella Turner
Robert Ryan ... Nathan Stark
Cameron Mitchell ... Clint Allison
Juan García ... Luis (as Juan Garcia)
Harry Shannon ... Sam
Emile Meyer ... Chickasaw Charlie
Steve Darrell ... Colonel Norris (as Stevan Darrell)
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Storyline

Two brothers, Ben and Clint, join a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. While heading for Texas they save Nella from the Indians, and she decides to ride with them. Ben and Nella start to get romantic, but Ben isn't ambitious enough for her, and she soon meets up with the boss of the cattle drive. Will she make the right choice, and, more importantly, will the cattle make it to Montana ! Written by Colin Tinto <cst@imdb.com>

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

12 December 1955 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tall Man See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,115,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$12,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Recording) (35 mm magnetic prints)| Mono (Western Electric Recording) (35 mm optical prints)

Color:

Color (Color by Deluxe)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55 : 1
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Trivia

Clark Gable had to stand on a box to look taller than his 6'4" co-star Robert Ryan in several scenes. See more »

Goofs

When they start driving the herd of cattle to Montana (appr. at 61st minute), in the sand in front of the herd the tracks of a car are visible. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
[pointing to a lynched man dangling from a tree limb]
Colonel Ben Allison: Looks like we're close to civilization.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: MONTANA TERRITORY 1866

They came from the South, headed for the goldfields...Ben and Clint Allison, lonely, desperate men. Riding away from a heartbreak memory of Gettysburg. Looking for a new life. A story of tall men - and long shadows. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Harder They Fall (1956) See more »

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Cancion Mixteca
by José López Alavés (as Jose Lopez Alaves)
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I want a tall man,not a small man...
19 April 2003 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

...that's enough for me.That's what Jane Russel sings ,and this ditty comes back as a leitmotiv ,along with another one,a rather saucy song about her peaches ,and the tree the man who wants them has to climb up to.Russell has a big dream,and Gable a small one,there's the rub;wealthy Ryan can provide Russell with the luxury and easy life she longs for :in a long conversation with Gable,Russel tells him about her childhood,and her mother who died in the harness ,and however "daddy used to love her as much as it could be".The movie is nothing but an initiatory journey for Russel,who plays the only character whose psychology will mutate along the way.

This is a classic western,which recalls "red river" , a bit overlong because an action-packed story this is definitely not.The cinematography is splendid ,and enhances marvelous landscapes with a good use of scope ,but the movie lacks madness of earlier Walsh works such as "Colorado territory" or "pursued" or even later extravaganzas such as "band of angels".


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