The Tall Stranger

The Tall Stranger

Thomas Carr (1957)

PG Certificate


Our Score
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.


A Union soldier struggles to recover from a violent encounter with a gang of lawless cattle rustlers, but his recuperation is cut short as he works to ensure the safety of a group of Confederate homesteaders journeying north at the end of the Civil War. Western based on a novel by Louis L'Amour, starring Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Michael Ansara and Michael Pate.

Cast & Crew

Ned Bannon Joel McCrea
Ellen Virginia Mayo
Zarata Michael Ansara
Charley Michael Pate
Hardy Barry Kelley
Judson Whit Bissell
Dud James Dobson
Harper George N Neise
Director Thomas Carr
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Assoc. British Pathe LtdAvailable on: video