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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
on May 16, 2007
This is definitely one of the best Westerns of the Fifties--great acting, great scenery, and a great story. Gable is great here, trying to hide his love for the woman played by Russell, who also sings a couple of tunes and sounds great. This is not a musical--its a western filled with everything--a big cattle and horse drive, Indian fights, and land stealers. The scenery is great color and the way they show a pack horse getting lost in the river is something else-hope that horse was not really drowned. It has some scenes in it that you would not think would be a movie this old--which makes it very entertaining. As for Gable--what an actor in his time-that smooth grin and laughter-the mysterious character he always seems to play--Awesome!!! If you love this era of Western movies I suggest you buy this one when you find it--its very rare!!!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
TOP 1000 REVIEWERon November 15, 2005
THE TALL MEN is a very entertaining Western primarily set on a cattle drive with Clark Gable and Cameron Mitchell signing on with boss Robert Ryan. They must contend not only with the natural elements and marauding Indians but also with their conflicting unbridled emotions for Jane Russell. Director Raoul Walsh this time out seems to display a keen sense of droll humor taking advantage of his three male stars vying for the attention of Russell. Clark Gable as usual turns in a fine performance with his carefree charm and looks and predictably steals this film once again from an accomplished veteran cast.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on December 7, 2008
Director Raoul Walsh made his fair share of epic movies in his time with The Tall Men a welcome addition to the list. After the Civil War, brothers Ben and Clint Allison have drifted west to Montana, making money as highwaymen. The Allisons get lucky when one traveler they're after, Nathan Stark, asks them to join him in driving a herd of cattle north from Texas to beef-starved Montana. So after the long ride to San Antonio, on which Ben saves and starts to fall for a woman, Nella Turner, who survived an Indian attack, the Allisons and Stark head north with a herd of 4,000 cattle, battling Jayhawkers, Indians, and each other all the way. Clocking in at two hours, the movie drags in spots but the pace picks up once the cattle drive starts. It's a beautiful movie filmed in Cinemascope with lots of gorgeous locations from bone-dry deserts to snow-capped mountains. Not a ton of action, but the final battle between Allison's cowboys and a Sioux war party is a good one. Overall, not a great western, but a good one and one worth a watch for sure.

When it comes to westerns, it'd be hard to do better than the three main leads. Clark Gable should have made more westerns judging by his part here as Ben Allison, a tough former Confederate soldier driving a herd of cattle to Montana no matter what or who tries to stop him. Gable's leading lady is the beautiful Jane Russell as Nella Turner, a young woman looking to find the right man with big dreams who likes Allison but can't seem to realize it. A lot of westerns throw in female characters for the heck of it, but Russell's role doesn't feel tacked on, she more than handles her own. Don't be confused though, the movie gives her plenty of scenes in various stages of undress to capitalize on her popularity as a sex symbol. Robert Ryan is also strong as Nathan Stark, the gentlemanly businessman who teams with the Allisons to drive his herd, all the while battling with Ben for the money and the girl. Cameron Mitchell plays Clint, Ben's younger brother who's good with a gun but still growing up. Rounding out the cast is Juan Garcia as Luis, Ben's old friend and right hand man on the trail.

The DVD, part of the Clark Gable Collection, is well worth it if you can track down a copy through a vendor. The widescreen presentation looks great, especially compared to the old pan-n-scan VHS tapes. Special features includes three photo galleries which are pretty extensive, a trailer, and three trailers for other Fox westerns. All in all, an enjoyable western with strong performances from Gable, Russell, and Ryan. Give The Tall Men a try!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon April 4, 2007
In The Tall Men, Clark Gable plays a former Confederate Army officer who partners with Robert Ryan to drive a huge head of cattle from Texas to Montana. Robert Ryan owns the cattle and Jane Russell is the vamp that stands in between them. Cameron Mitchell is Gable's younger brother who runs afoul of Ryan.

Great performances by everyone, particularly Russell, who plays the vamp role for all it's worth, and great direction by Raoul Walsh, who knew action, knew Westerns, and knew what it took to make a great movies. This was by far the best of Gable's period Westerns, and one of the best of the 50s - the golden era of Western films.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICEon September 6, 2011
Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation presents "THE TALL MEN" (1955) (122 min/Color) -- Starring: Clark Gable (Ben Allison), Jane Russell (Nella Turner), Robert Ryan (Nathan Stark), Cameron Mitchell (Clint Allison), Emile G. Meyer (Chickasaw), Juan Garcia (Luis), Harry Shannon (Sam), Steven Darrell ( The Colonel)

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 (Call of the Wild / Soldier of Fortune / The Tall Men)

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)
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon February 8, 2005
Gable only made a handful of Westerns, but this ranks as his best period Western film. He plays a former Confederate who leads a cattle drive with brother Cameron Mitchell. Gable And Mitchell have formed an uneasy partenrship with Robert Ryan (who they tried to rob at the beginning of the film). Ryan is also romancing Jane Russell, whose a former flame of Gable's. She joins them on the cattle drive, much to the dismay of Gable, who doesn't want a woman along because it's dangerous, but who's also still brokenhearted over his and Russell's parting.

This is a very nice western with great scenery, good performances, and a simply smoldering performance by Russell in one of the alltime sexiest women's roles in a Western. Catch it when you can.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on September 27, 2009
Writing under two pseudonyms-Will Henry and Clay Fisher -US writer Henry Wilson Allen wrote several enjoyable Western novels and The Tall Men is based on the Clay Fisher title of the same name .It improves on an already enjoyable book.
It opens in snowbound Montana uplands in the months following the end of the American Civil War .Two Texan brothers both former members of Quantrill's Raiders are seeking a new life in the West .The elder and more stable is Ben (Clark Gable ) ; he is a man at ease in his own skin who knowh himself and knows he has nothing to prove .His younger brother Clint ( Cameron Mitchell)is more impulsive and headstrong ,more bitter about the defeat of the confederacy and a man with a recent history of alcohol abuse .They rob a local businessman Nathan Stark (Robert Ryan) who suprises them by making them an offer of a business partnership .He is proposing to buy steers in Texas at a knockdown price and sell tham for a sizeable profit in Montana ;the expertise of the two men ,especially Ben ,will be of enormous value on the trail drive .The proposal is accepted and the party set out for Texas.

En route they meet a party of settlers which includes the sensual and attractive Nesta Turner (Jane Russell ) and when Ben subsequently turns away from the other two to ride back to rescue her from marauding Indians the two are snowbound in an isolated shack where a relationship begins to develop between them.The attraction is mutual but a barrier arises between them -Ben simply wants enough money to buy a small ranch ,but to Nesta ranch living is synonymous with the grinding poverty of her youth and she has bigger dreams ,dreams which fit perfectly with Stark's vision of "owning half of Montana "
She and Stark -an urbane ,articulate and attractive men -become an item and he brings her along on the trail drive ,much to Ben's disquiet . The trail drive is not without its hazards ,including Jayhawkers ,swollen rivers and most substantially of all a Sioux war party ,not to mention tension between Clint and Stark mostly arising from the presence of Nesta .Throughout it is Ben who is the more gung-ho in facing the external threats .Stark is a pragmatist who is willling to pay off the Jyhawkers and sit it out till the Sioux threat diminishes while Ben is more confrontational .

The trail drive scenes are superbly done and never was Cinemascope deployed so intelligently in its early years .The movie cries out for ther biggest screen possible as the limpid cinematography of Leo Tover is inspired ,filling the screen with panoramic shots of great beauty while veteran director Raoul Walsh keeps the action coming .The scene where the herd is used as a weapon against the Siouc is superbly staged and very excitingly done .Indeed ,as a trail drive movie ,while it does not surpass the classic in that style ,Red River ,it is not so very far behind it in quality.Add an incisive Frank Nugent and Sidney Boehm script and you have the ingredients for an exceptional movie.

The characters are well developed ,Nathan being especially well drawn .He and Ben are the two sides of the Raoul Walsh her -Ben a strong stable figure ,Stark more like Cody Jarrett in White Heat -driven ,a tough go-getter aiming for the "top of the world ",but without the psychosis and hysteria .Nesta too is not just a plaything -she maked her own decision at he end and is a woman with a strong personality and wry humour .

The acting is splendid .Gable looks at home on a horse and he looks like a frontoiersman -leathery face ,lean body and a man at ease with the world and all that is in it .russell brings a warm ,playful quality to her role and mitchell as ever is excellent .Ryan steals the show ,for me ,in the acting department though effortlessly conveying Stark's ambition without hamming it up and delivering the often quite flowerly dialogue with ease and style.

A quite magnificent Western and its relative critical and poular neglect is astonishing .See it ,please .
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2004
To my mind, this is a woefully under-rated picture; one of my favorite Westerns of all time. It was produced by Howard Hawks' brother William and so unfavorably compared to the former's "Red River", but "The Tall Men" stands up fine on its own. Clark Gable was in a class by himself as an actor, completely inimitable, and he's great here as the trail boss working for a man he once robbed, who has returned the favor by robbing Gable of Jane Russell. The Mexican vacquero gets his historical due at last in this film, as Gable is using an Hispanic team of wranglers to drive a cattle herd from Texas to Montana. There's a great confrontation with a band of jayhawkers that also has a genuine historical flavor about it. Robert Ryan and Cameron Mitchell give some marvelous support work here, too. And again, sterling direction by Raoul Walsh, Hollywood's most under-appreciated helmsman.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 8, 2014
Since children only ready about 10 minutes per day now as compared to 2 hrs per day in 1950, this movie should be mandatory classroom history of early America.

I have the book and it is classic. I had not seen the movie in many years but the movie follows the book very close. There is nobody that could touch Clark Gable in acting. All to soon the really great actors and actresses are gone. Even Jan Russell was good in the movie.

I highly recommend this move to all that can find it to buy and keep for their children and grandchildren.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 2, 2001
A sweeping cinemascope adventure thematically consistent with Mister Walsh's style.Clark Gable, Jane Russell,Robert Ryan and Cameron Mitchell are all excellent.Indian attacks,blizzards, men, women, their libidos and one long cattle drive provide the tension contained within near perfection.
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