Film Review – TALL MAN RIDING (1955)

Randolph Scott and Dorothy Malone in Tall Man Riding (1955)TALL MAN RIDING (USA, 1955) ***
      Distributor: Warner Bros.; Production Company: Warner Bros.; Release Date: 18 June 1955; Filming Dates: mid June–early July 1954; Running Time: 83m; Colour: WarnerColor; Sound Mix: Mono (RCA Sound Recording); Film Format: 35mm; Film Process: Spherical; Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1; BBFC Cert: U.
      Director: Lesley Selander; Writer: Joseph Hoffman (based on the novel by Norman A. Fox); Producer: David Weisbart; Director of Photography: Wilfred M. Cline; Music Composer: Paul Sawtell; Film Editor: Irene Morra; Art Director: Stanley Fleischer; Set Decorator: G.W. Berntsen; Costumes: Moss Mabry; Make-up: Gordon Bau; Sound: Francis E. Stahl.
      Cast: Randolph Scott (Larry Madden), Dorothy Malone (Corinna Ordway), Peggie Castle (Reva), William Ching (Rex Willard (as Bill Ching)), John Baragrey (Cibo Pearlo), Robert Barrat (Tucker Ordway), John Dehner (Ames Luddington), Paul Richards (The Peso Kid), Lane Chandler (Hap Sutton), Mickey Simpson (Deputy Jeff Barclay), Joe Bassett (Will), Charles Watts (Al – Pearlo’s Palace Bartender), Russ Conway (Marshal Jim Feathergill (as Russell Conway)), Mike Ragan (Tom).
      Synopsis: Scott returns after several years still vowing to avenge himself against the humiliating whipping he received at the hands of a cattle baron.
      Comment: This revenge Western follows conventional lines and on the whole is well-handled by experienced director Selander. Scott delivers a strong performance as the returning ramrod looking for revenge after being run out of town at the end of a whip by Barrat. Malone is his old flame and Barrat’s daughter who remains loyal to her now near-blind father. Castle gives a spirited performance as a saloon girl who helps Scott but is also Malone’s close friend. Scott comes up against the town’s crooked businessman Baragray, who is looking to run Barrat off his land with Richards as his hired gun hand. Familiar confrontations take place and the ending is a little too neat and rushed but otherwise, this is a generally entertaining if routine entry in Scott’s filmography.
      Notes: Songs: “Oh, He Looked Like He Might Buy Wine,” m/l. Ray Heindorf, Sammy Cahn; “It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight,” m/l. Egbert Van Alstyne, Harry Williams; “As the Brass Band Played,” m/l. Ray Heindorf, Jack Scholl.

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