The Tall T

The Tall T

Budd Boetticher (1957)

PG Certificate


Our Score
A perfect small-scale western. Randolph Scott plays the very ordinary cowpoke who stumbles into the hands of kidnappers, carefully biding his time to turn the tables and free their captive, the rich man's wife played by Maureen O'Sullivan. The outlaws are finely etched in Burt Kennedy's screenplay (from an Elmore Leonard story) as both ruthless and human, and skilfully portrayed by Henry Silva, Skip Homeier and, especially, Richard Boone as their leader, a lonely, intelligent figure who cannot escape his nature. It is superbly filmed, almost entirely outdoors, by director Budd Boetticher, and the vivid, desolate landscape greatly enhances the drama.


A ranch hand hitches a ride on a stagecoach after losing his horse, but things go from bad to worse when the vehicle is hijacked by outlaws. The cowboy tries to bargain for the release of his fellow hostages - a newlywed couple - but his pleas fall on stony ground once the bandit leader learns the new bride is a rich heiress. Western, with Randolph Scott, Richard Boone, Maureen O'Sullivan and Henry Silva.

Cast & Crew

Pat Brennan Randolph Scott
Usher Richard Boone
Doretta Mims Maureen O'Sullivan
Ed Rintoon Arthur Hunnicutt
Billy Jack Skip Homeier
Chink Henry Silva
Willard Mims John Hubbard
Tenvoorde Robert Burton
Director Budd Boetticher
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdGuidance: Some violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-ray