- Actors: Clark Gable, Jane Russell, Robert Ryan, Cameron Mitchell, Juan García
- Directors: Raoul Walsh
- Producers: William A. Bacher, William B. Hawks
- Format: PAL, Colour, Widescreen
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.55:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: PG
- Studio: Cinema Club
- DVD Release Date: 28 Aug. 2006
- Run Time: 117 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000EZ3F3K
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 50,712 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Two brothers, Ben and Clint, join a cattle drive from Texas to Montana. While heading for Texas they save Nella from the Indians, and she decides to ride with them. Ben and Nella start to get romantic, but Ben isn't ambitious enough for her and she soon meets up with the boss of the cattle drive.
Will she make the right choice, and, more importantly, will the cattle make it to Montana?
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Directed by Raoul Walsh
Our story is a familiar one, as in "Red River" (1948, this film is a good action western featuring Gable, Russell and Ryan all itching for the end of the rainbow and what money can bring them.
Great direction by Raoul Walsh and Leo Tover behind the camera with sweeping shots that we all love in a western.
Ryan is a cattleman who talks Gable and his brother Cameron Mitchell into heading Texas cattle to Montana -- on the way they meet up with Jane Russell and spark fly between her and Gable, but don't count out Ryan as he has big ideas for an empire and Russell just might fall into his plans -- at the end of the drive who will come away with all the cards, and where does "Prairie Dog Creek" fit in.
This is one of Gables best westerns and he is up to his classic style of acting, don't miss this one. Highly, very highly recommend.
Beautiful and haunting score by Academy Award Winning composer Victor Young, songs by Ken Darby.
1. Raoul Walsh (aka: Albert Edward Walsh) (Director)
Date of birth: 11 March 1887 - New York, New York
Date of death: 31 December 1980 - Simi Valley, California,
2. Clark Gable
Date of birth: 1 February 1901 - Cadiz, Ohio,
Date of death: 16 November 1960 - Los Angeles, California
3. Jane Russell (aka: Ernestine Jane Geraldine Russell)
Date of birth: 21 June 1921 - Bemidji, Minnesota
Date of Death: 28 February 2011 - Santa Maria, California
4. Robert Ryan (aka: Robert Bushnell Ryan)
Date of Birth: 11 November 1909 - Chicago, Illinois
Date of Death: 11 July 1973 - New York City, New York
5. Cameron Mitchell [aka: Cameron McDowell Mitzell]
Date of Birth: 4 November 1918 - Dallastown, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 6 July 1994 - Pacific Palisades, California
* Special footnote: -- Gable was quoted "The only reason they come to see me is that I know life is great - and they know I know it, I'm no actor and I never have been, what people see on the screen is me." --- it was fellow friend and actor Spencer Tracy who dubbed Gable as "The King".
Also available in this collection -- Clark Gable Collection 1 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Mr. Jim's Ratings:
Quality of Picture & Sound: 5 Stars
Performance: 5 Stars
Story & Screenplay: 5 Stars
Overall: 5 Stars [Original Music, Cinematography & Film Editing]
Total Time: 122 min on DVD ~ Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation ~ (August 15, 2006)
Montana Territory 1866
"They came from the South, headed for the gold-fields....Ben & Clint Allison, lonely, desperate men. Riding away from a heartbreak memory of Gettysburg. Looking for a new life. A story of tall men-and long shadows."
The Tall Men has professionalism written all over it, from the tight direction by Walsh to the on the money writing, it's a Western that has no pretencions. The panoramic vistas are beautifully realised by the makers and in spite of Russell's flat style of acting, the cast put credibility into the cattle drive and romantic aspects of the story. Tho action sequences are few and far between, the film succeeds because of the well written characters and the landscapes that frame them. There's even much comedy to enjoy as well, a department where Russell does earn her corn in the movie (there's also a bath moment to get us boys hot under the collar too). Most notably the comedy works for her when playing off of Gable who seems to be enjoying himself as the rough, tough and cheeky Ben Allison. Very talky to be sure, there are for instance many extended scenes of our lead protagonists swapping dialogue, but it all serves a purpose and in the capable hands of Walsh the sequences serve to drive the narrative forward.
Solid enjoyable stuff if ultimately a touch too long. 6.5/10