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The Tall T (1957)

Approved | | Romance, Thriller, Western | 2 April 1957 (USA)
An independent former ranch foreman is kidnapped along with an heiress, who is being held for ransom by trio of ruthless outlaws.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writers:

Burt Kennedy (screenplay), Elmore Leonard (based on a story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Pat Brennan
Richard Boone ... Frank Usher
Maureen O'Sullivan ... Doretta Mims
Arthur Hunnicutt ... Ed Rintoon
Skip Homeier ... Billy Jack
Henry Silva ... Chink
John Hubbard ... Willard Mims
Robert Burton ... Tenvoorde
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Storyline

Having lost his horse in a bet, Pat Brennan hitches a ride with a stagecoach carrying newlyweds, Willard and Doretta Mims. At the next station the coach and its passengers fall into the hands of a trio of outlaws headed by a man named Usher. When Usher learns that Doretta is the daughter of a rich copper-mine owner, he decides to hold her for ransom. Tension builds over the next 24 hours as Usher awaits a response to his demands and as a romantic attachment grows between Brennan and Doretta. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Taut! Torrid! Tremendous! T Is for Terror!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Captives See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »

Goofs

When Scott gets thrown by the bull he throws himself in the water trough. When Scott surfaces and gets out you can see bulky elbow pads in his shirt, one sleeve is pulled up over the white pad and Scott pulls his shirt sleeve down to cover it. See more »

Quotes

Pat Brennan: [Referring to Mims] Who is he anyway?
Ed Rintoon: Old man Gateway's son-in-law... as of this morning. Married into the richest copper mine in the territory.
Pat Brennan: Then she must be Doretta Gateway.
Ed Rintoon: Yep, she was scheduled to be an old maid till Willard came along. She's plain as adobe wall.
Pat Brennan: But not too plain for Willard, hunh?
Ed Rintoon: Nothin' plain about Old Man Gateway's holdin's. Folks say that his worth's just the other side of one half million dollars. That's too much money for one man to worry about.
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A poetic appraisal of this tense Western gem.
11 May 2001 | by mrmumpsSee all my reviews

Tense Elmore Leonard story hymned into radiant film experience by the two stepping Boetticher and Kennedy. A false leisurely beginning turns into a taut ride to the end. I knew I was in the hands of masters when Randolph Scott asked Henry Silva what happened to the boy. This one is a smile whenever I watch it.


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