Tall Man Riding (1955)

82-83 mins | Western | 18 June 1955

Director:

Lesley Selander

Writer:

Joseph Hoffman

Producer:

David Weisbart

Cinematographer:

Wilfrid M. Cline

Editor:

Irene Morra

Production Designer:

Stanley Fleischer

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

Although several sources list the name of the character played by John Dehner as "James Luddington," he is called "Ames Luddington" in the film. A Mar 1954 HR news item announced that the film would "possibly" be shot in CinemaScope. Portions of the film were shot on location at three ranches near Hidden Valley, CA, according to Warner Bros. production notes. A Jun 1954 HR news item specified that one of the locations was French ... More Less

Although several sources list the name of the character played by John Dehner as "James Luddington," he is called "Ames Luddington" in the film. A Mar 1954 HR news item announced that the film would "possibly" be shot in CinemaScope. Portions of the film were shot on location at three ranches near Hidden Valley, CA, according to Warner Bros. production notes. A Jun 1954 HR news item specified that one of the locations was French Ranch. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
21 May 1955.
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Daily Variety
11 May 55
p. 3.
Film Daily
13 May 55
p. 24.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Mar 1954
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
11 Jun 1954
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
17 Jun 1954
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
29 Jun 1954
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
9 Jul 1954
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
11 May 55
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
14 May 55
p. 434.
Variety
11 May 55
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
2d asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Orch
SOUND
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr supv
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col consultant
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel Tall Man Riding by Norman A. Fox (New York, 1951).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"Oh, He Looked Like He Might Buy Wine," music by Ray Heindorf, lyrics by Sammy Cahn
"It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight," music by Egbert Van Alstyne, lyrics by Harry Williams
"As the Brass Band Played," music by Ray Heindorf, lyrics by Jack Scholl.
DETAILS
Release Date:
18 June 1955
Production Date:
mid June--early July 1954
Copyright Claimant:
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
18 June 1956
Copyright Number:
LP6811
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
WarnerColor
Widescreen/ratio
1.85:1
Duration(in mins):
82-83
Length(in reels):
9
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
17088
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

In 1892, Larry Madden proceeds to Little River, Montana, to seek revenge on Tucker Ordway, the prosperous owner of the Warbonnet Ranch. Five years before, Tucker publicly humiliated Larry by whipping him as punishment for courting his daughter Corinna. His pride injured, Larry burned down his own ranch and left the area. Now, as he returns to Little River, Larry encounters three thugs attacking a man and comes to his aid, killing one assailant and wounding a second. After the gunmen flee, Larry learns that he has saved Rex Willard, the husband of Corinna. Later, in town, Ames Luddington, the lawyer hired by Larry to find damaging information about Tucker, reports to him that Tucker filed a land patent with an unauthorized committee and, therefore, does not legally own his ranch. Larry asks Luddington to keep the news confidential. Larry also learns that the sharpshooting, domineering Tucker has another enemy: Cibo Pearlo, the perfumed and greedy saloon owner, who ordered the attack on Rex as part of his plot to drive Tucker from his land. Although Pearlo invites Larry to join his team, which include the corrupt deputy, Jeff Barkley, and the gunslinging Peso Kid, Larry rudely refuses and Pearlo soon guesses that Larry helped Rex escape. To discredit Tucker in the eyes of the community, Barkley arrests Rex for the murder of the man killed during the ambush and prepares a mockery of an inquest with handpicked jurists. Desperate, Corinna sends her best friend Reva to ask Larry for help. After Larry reluctantly meets her, Corinna accuses him of tarnishing her reputation by courting so long without marrying. Larry explains that Tucker so intimidated him, he felt he ... +


In 1892, Larry Madden proceeds to Little River, Montana, to seek revenge on Tucker Ordway, the prosperous owner of the Warbonnet Ranch. Five years before, Tucker publicly humiliated Larry by whipping him as punishment for courting his daughter Corinna. His pride injured, Larry burned down his own ranch and left the area. Now, as he returns to Little River, Larry encounters three thugs attacking a man and comes to his aid, killing one assailant and wounding a second. After the gunmen flee, Larry learns that he has saved Rex Willard, the husband of Corinna. Later, in town, Ames Luddington, the lawyer hired by Larry to find damaging information about Tucker, reports to him that Tucker filed a land patent with an unauthorized committee and, therefore, does not legally own his ranch. Larry asks Luddington to keep the news confidential. Larry also learns that the sharpshooting, domineering Tucker has another enemy: Cibo Pearlo, the perfumed and greedy saloon owner, who ordered the attack on Rex as part of his plot to drive Tucker from his land. Although Pearlo invites Larry to join his team, which include the corrupt deputy, Jeff Barkley, and the gunslinging Peso Kid, Larry rudely refuses and Pearlo soon guesses that Larry helped Rex escape. To discredit Tucker in the eyes of the community, Barkley arrests Rex for the murder of the man killed during the ambush and prepares a mockery of an inquest with handpicked jurists. Desperate, Corinna sends her best friend Reva to ask Larry for help. After Larry reluctantly meets her, Corinna accuses him of tarnishing her reputation by courting so long without marrying. Larry explains that Tucker so intimidated him, he felt he could not propose until his own ranch was successful. Corinna then begs Larry to testify at her husband’s inquest, as Rex will not endanger the man who saved his life by revealing his name. Pearlo tries to prevent Larry from testifying by sending Peso to kill him. His plan is thwarted, however, when Reva, who is out riding her horse, shoots Peso from a distance and scares him off. In town, meanwhile, Rex is charged with murder and sent by stagecoach to the county seat for trial. During the journey, Peso and Barkley kill Rex, and then tell the townspeople that Larry shot him. In a brutal fistfight, Larry coerces Barkley to publicly admit the truth, but later Barkley is found dead. When Tucker and Larry decide to settle their differences with a duel, Tucker asks that it be held in a darkened cabin. After Larry wounds the old man, Hap Sutton, Warbonnet’s loyal foreman, informs Larry that Tucker has lost most of his vision and chose the dark cabin to even their chances. He explains they have kept Tucker’s disability a secret from Pearlo to protect the ranch. Hap then tells Larry that Tucker beat him years ago because he thought Larry, who was secretly meeting Corinna, was carelessly ruining her reputation. In town, a federal marshal summoned by Luddington announces that Tucker’s land has been opened for settlement and orders the Ordways removed from their home. As news of the land rush spreads, Luddington suggests to Larry that they claim some of the land for themselves, but Larry, having accomplished his goals, has decided to leave, although he is concerned about the partially blind Tucker. Later, Reva overhears Luddington tell Pearlo about Tucker's blindness and tries to warn Larry, but is shot by Peso. Before dying, she warns Larry that Luddington has betrayed him. Later, when the displaced Ordways ride into town to stay with a friend, Larry stops Peso from goading the proud Tucker into a shoot-out. Larry kills the thug in a fair gunfight. Larry then joins the race on the day of the land rush, aware that the Ordways suspect his motives. Pearlo’s men try to knock him off his horse, but he is the first to reach the Ordway home, where Luddington waits, having hid there illegally before the race began. After Larry kills the lawyer in a shoot-out, Pearlo takes aim at Larry’s back, but Corinna, who has come with her father, cries out to warn him and Larry outdraws Pearlo. Larry then explains that he is handing his stake over to them and prepares to leave, but after Tucker apologizes for his past actions and asks him to stay, Corinna and Larry agree that they can rekindle their romance. +

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