Ten Tall Men

Ten Tall Men

Willis Goldbeck (1951)

U Certificate


Our Score
Dr Kildare's veteran writer/director Willis Goldbeck fashioned a more-than-passable film from this robust tale of the Foreign Legion, before he went off to co-script two of John Ford's better later movies, but Beau Geste it isn't. Nevertheless, with Burt Lancaster at the peak of his teeth-and-glory years in the lead, and tough hombres Gilbert Roland and Kieron Moore in support, this comedy adventure is well worth catching, especially since it's in sharp 1950s Technicolor. Unfortunately, leading lady Jody Lawrance is rather uninteresting and those phoney night studio interiors show up badly on television, revealing the desert sky as nothing more than a royal blue painted backdrop. But if you accept it for what it is, you'll have fun.


A Foreign Legion sergeant learns a tribal leader is planning to launch an attack on a remote fort, and leads a small band of soldiers into the desert to distract the enemy hordes. However, he soon discovers a more dangerous threat - the Legion's various foes are plotting to join forces. Comedy adventure, starring Burt Lancaster, Jody Lawrence and Kieron Moore.

Cast & Crew

Sergeant Mike Kincaid Burt Lancaster
Mahla Jody Lawrance
Corporal Luis Delgado Gilbert Roland
Corporal Pierre Molier Kieron Moore
Londos George Tobias
Jardine John Dehner
Mouse Nick Dennis
Roshko Mike Mazurki
Caid Hussin Gerald Mohr
Lustig Ian MacDonald
Marie DeLatour Mari Blanchard
Browning Michael Pate
Director Willis Goldbeck
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd
Drama Comedy