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Tension at Table Rock (1956)

Passed | | Western | 3 October 1956 (USA)
A reluctant gunslinger tires of having to defend himself at every cow town he visits, so he adopts an alias and continues his wandering. At an outpost run by a father and young son, he gets... See full summary »

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Winston Miller (screenplay), Frank Gruber (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Egan ... Wes Tancred
Dorothy Malone ... Lorna Miller
Cameron Mitchell ... Sheriff Fred Miller
Billy Chapin ... Jody Burrows
Royal Dano ... Harry Jameson
Edward Andrews ... Kirk
John Dehner ... Hampton
DeForest Kelley ... Jim Breck
Joe De Santis ... Ed Burrows (as Joe DeSantis)
Angie Dickinson ... Cathy
Paul Richards ... Sam Murdock
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A reluctant gunslinger tires of having to defend himself at every cow town he visits, so he adopts an alias and continues his wandering. At an outpost run by a father and young son, he gets involved with a robbery in progress, and agrees to take the son to the boy's uncle, a sheriff in Table Rock, for his safety. Once there he finds the town gearing up for the arrival of a cattle drive and the unruly cowboys. He strives to remain uninvolved as the sheriff tries to get his help with the cowboys, but the sheriff nurses bad memories from an earlier incident that may threaten his effectiveness. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A man like SHANE...the suspense of HIGH NOON!

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blut an meinen Händen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is an almost textbook western, with many western regulars, like Royal Dano, Dabbs Greer, Dub Taylor and DeForest Kelley. Composer Dimitri Tiomkin also wrote the music for dozens of westerns--most notably High Noon (1952)--and was one of Hollywood's top composers. See more »

Quotes

Wes Tancred: I was just telling Cathy I'm pulling out.
Sam Murdock: Oh? Well, any particular reason, Wes?
Wes Tancred: What happened to Ard out there?
Sam Murdock: Oh, well, they'd have strung him up anyway, so I did him a favor.
Wes Tancred: Well, I'm pulling out before you do me any favors.
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Connections

Featured in Film Preview: Episode #1.2 (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Wes Tancred
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Sung by Eddy Arnold
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A must see 50's western
18 August 2005 | by zorg1952See all my reviews

This movie has all the ingredients most Western fans love in their films: gunfights, love triangles, bad guys & a quiet, suffering & misunderstood hero working out his private travails by helping a beleaguered sheriff deal with his own demons. All with a rousing Dimitri Tiomkin score that has a memorable ballad at its core. We've seen these ingredients before in many other Westerns but in this film they seem to work.

Richard Egan non-acting style work perfectly here & the supporting cast boasts small but vivid parts for Angie Dickenson as the siren that starts Egan's private struggle & Deforest Kelly as a smiling, friendly gunslinger. I've seen this film a number of times & surprisingly the film still works.


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