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The Tall Men1955

The Tall Men (1955)




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Clark Gable and Jane Russell star in this rugged widescreen western, exquisitely photographed by Leo Tover and directed by veteran action expert Raoul A. Walsh. Gable plays Ben Allison, who with his brother Clint (Cameron Mitchell) journeys to Montana in search of gold. They come upon wealthy businessman Nathan Stark (Robert Ryan), whom they try to rob of $20,000. Instead, Stark talks Ben and Clint into becoming partners with him on a cattle drive to Montana. As the group travels to Texas, they come upon a party of settlers being attacked by Indians. They save the saucy Nella Turner (Jane Russell) and she joins with Ben, who has been made trail boss, and Clint on the cattle drive. Ben and Nella are attracted to each other but after an initial fling, Nella rejects him -- Ben just wants enough money to buy a small ranch and Nella won't settle for slim pickings. Arriving in Fort Worth, Nella takes up with Stark, whose desire to make as much money as possible coincides with Nella's money-hungry ambitions. But when, at Stark's insistence, she accompanies him on the final trek to Montana, the seething friction between Ben and Stark erupts as the drive heads into dangerous Indian country. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi

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Clark Gable
as Ben Allison
Jane Russell
as Nella Turner
Robert Ryan
as Nathan Stark
Cameron Mitchell
as Clint Allison
Emile G. Meyer
as Chickasaw
Will Wright
as Gus, the Bartender
Robert Adler
as Wrangler
Russell Simpson
as Immigrant Man
Tom Fadden
as Stable Owner
Dan White
as Hotel clerk
Doris Kemper
as Mrs. Robbins
Carl Harbaugh
as Salesman
Post Park
as Stagecoach Driver
Meyito Pulito
as Spanish Girl
Gilda Fontana
as Spanish Girl
Jack Mather
as Cavalry Lieutenant
Mae Marsh
as Emigrant
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Critic Reviews for The Tall Men

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (1)

... a mighty mild movie.

January 9, 2018 | Full Review…

It captures colorful panoramas in CinemaScope, but somehow its western lacks epicity and traverses fairly regular terrain. [Full review in Spanish]

October 3, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

A long, loud and very corny big-budget western in which Clark Gable and Jane Russell growl love at each other...

October 24, 2019 | Full Review…

Interesting Western with beautiful landscapes, a Native American hero, and Mexican-Americans as the good guys.

July 17, 2009 | Full Review…

One of Gable's later best features, still as tough and charismatic as ever.

June 1, 2007 | Rating: 4/5

This unpretentious Western handles both the cattle drive and the romantic triangle with relative ease.

July 20, 2005 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Tall Men


Standard oater with the main attraction being that grand Western vistas were filmed in bigger-than-life Cinemascope, and they are impressive indeed. The work is improved and highlighted by an epic fight against the Indians combined with a raging cattle stampede. Heady stuff. The cast is charismatic enough too, but here's what hamstrings this one up: they are all in stereotypical roles that telegraph the outcome of any interaction long before any of it happens. The whole effort is decent finally, but that's all.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Ordinary western dressed up with big stars.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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