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The Tall T (1957)

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

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

Burt Kennedy (screenplay), Elmore Leonard (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Pat Brennan
Richard Boone ... Frank Usher
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Doretta Mims
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Ed Rintoon
Skip Homeier ... Billy Jack
Henry Silva ... Chink
John Hubbard ... Willard Mims
Robert Burton ... Tenvoorde
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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Captives See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

When Scott gets thrown by the bull he throws himself in the water trough. When Scott surfaces and gets out you can see bulky elbow pads in his shirt, one sleeve is pulled up over the white pad and Scott pulls his shirt sleeve down to cover it. See more »

Quotes

Doretta Mims: Well, what about you?
Pat Brennan: I'm going to finish this. If they come, I'm going to finish this once and for all.
Doretta Mims: Oh, but why?
Pat Brennan: Some things a man can't ride around.
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Referenced in The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) (2017) See more »

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an excellent story of the individual in extreme situations.
4 June 2005 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

From a short story of Elmore Leonard, "The Captives" originally publicized in the magazine Argosy, Boetticher made "The Tall T". I read the story before, and when seeing the film realized how they improved on something that was very good. Boetticher and Scott achieve a rare perfection brought by many years of movie-making where they excelled in their work. Burt Kennedy, writing the screenplays was also a great asset in the Ranown westerns. There is a very sensual relationship between Maureen O' Sullivan and Scott, they are forced to sleep in the same room and she feels rejected by her husband John Hubbard who left her to try to get a ransom. The three outlaws, Richard Boone, Skip Homeier and Henry Silva have their characters extremely well elaborated. One of the best moments of the film is the ending, where the moral code commands Scott's actions. The classical beginning reminds one of "Shane", "Hondo" and "The Searchers". A traditional western, an excellent story of the individual in extreme situations. According to Boetticher's book "When in Disgrace" the T of the name of the film comes from the first letter in Tenvoorde, the owner of the ranch where Scott goes to buy the bull.


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