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The Tall Stranger

Released Nov 17, 1957 1h 21m Western List
Reviews 15% Audience Score 50+ Ratings
Union vet Ned (Joel McCrea), gunned down by some tough cattle rustlers, comes to in a wagon train under the care of kindly widow Ellen (Virginia Mayo). But, as he heals, he senses all is not well, and realizes that the suspicious men leading the train are taking the settlers to land owned by his estranged half-brother, an embittered man who will shoot any strangers. Ned then tries to warn the pioneers, while preparing to face the sibling who harbors a deep-seated grudge against him. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews More interesting than it had a right to be. Rated: B Jun 16, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Audience Member Really good movie about feuding between homesteaders and cattleman Joel McCrea Virginia, mayo, Michael Ansara And wit Bissell Hall start and did an excellent job in this movie. Yes, I will highly recommend it. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 10/24/23 Full Review Audience Member 'The Tall Stranger' is an enjoyable Cinemascope color Western starring Joel McCrea. McCrea's work in Westerns is not as celebrated as that of John Wayne, Gary Cooper and James Stewart, but to connoisseurs, he is one of the masters of the genre... Stopping A Range Feud--A pleasing Western, with a little more grit in it than is usually found in one of the 1950s... Little known, but interesting and enjoyable!! Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review dave j Thursday, May 31, 2012 (1957) The Tall Stranger WESTERN Veteran western actor Joel McCrea stars as Bannon who's coming back home after the civil war, and was for no apparent reason shot in the back before being left for dead, he was then picked up and saved by a travelling wagon train seeking for a place to settle down and was originally intending to head for California lead by a conniving Mort Harper(George N. Neise) who has different intentions other than the majority of the travellers and after someone else's cattle around the area. Viginia Mayo of "The Asphalt Jungle" also stars as the love interest. Clear 'black and white' western and less cheerful as the other Westerns McCrea had ever done with some inconistencies. Great locales as well as the photography but done better before and not enough. 2 out of 4 Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Ordinary looking and feeling western although it has enough going on to make it watchable. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/06/23 Full Review Audience Member Very adequate,quite gritty western. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/13/23 Full Review Audience Member Interesting Joel McCrea western with some well-drawn characters and good sub-plots. Michael Ansara is particularly sinister as the principle villain of the piece. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Union vet Ned (Joel McCrea), gunned down by some tough cattle rustlers, comes to in a wagon train under the care of kindly widow Ellen (Virginia Mayo). But, as he heals, he senses all is not well, and realizes that the suspicious men leading the train are taking the settlers to land owned by his estranged half-brother, an embittered man who will shoot any strangers. Ned then tries to warn the pioneers, while preparing to face the sibling who harbors a deep-seated grudge against him.
Director
Thomas Carr
Producer
Walter Mirisch
Screenwriter
Christopher Knopf
Genre
Western
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 17, 1957, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 1, 2017
Runtime
1h 21m
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