The Tall Stranger

  • PG
  • Thomas Carr (1957)
  • US
  • 79 min
The Tall Stranger
Film Review
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2 out of 5

This routine wagon-train western is mainly of interest for reuniting the stars of Raoul Walsh's Colorado Territory, Joel McCrea and Virginia Mayo. This was one of the movies that Allied Artists (formerly the poverty-row studio Monogram) made to consolidate its A-feature reputation. However, despite the spurious grandeur achieved by filming in CinemaScope, the two leads look old and Thomas Carr's direction lacks focus. Louis L'Amour's source novel deserved a snappier screen adaptation than this.

Plot Summary

Western starring Joel McCrea and Virginia Mayo. When ex-Union Army officer Ned Bannon is wounded on his way to Bishop's Valley, he is saved from death by members of a wagon train heading for California. However, as the settlers reach land owned by Ned's tyrannical half-brother Hardy Bishop, they find that their way is blocked.

Cast and crew

Cast

Ned Bannon
Joel McCrea
Ellen
Virginia Mayo
Hardy Bishop
Barry Kelley
Zarata
Michael Ansara
Judson
Whit Bissell
Dud
James Dobson
Harper
George N Neise
Red
Adam Kennedy
Charley
Michael Pate
Stark
Leo Gordon
Cap
Ray Teal
Will
Philip Phillips

Crew

Director
Thomas Carr

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Assoc. British Pathe Ltd
Available on video
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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