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Tall Man Riding (1955)

Approved | | Western | 18 June 1955 (USA)
Larry Madden returns after several years still vowing to avenge himself against the humiliating whipping he received at the hands of cattle baron Tucker Ordway.


Lesley Selander


Joseph Hoffman (screenplay), Norman A. Fox (novel)

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Complete credited 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 Joe Bassett ... Will
Charles Watts Charles Watts ... Al - Pearlo's Palace Bartender
Russ Conway ... Marshal Jim Feathergill (as Russell Conway)
Mike Ragan ... Tom


Still seeking revenge against ranch owner Tuck Ordway for publicly whipping him years earlier and breaking up his relationship with Ordway's daughter, cowboy Larry Madden plans to oust Ordway from his ranch by having his claim to the land declared invalid. Ordway's daughter Corinna, believing Madden to be the cause of the family's recent misfortunes, is unaware that the local saloon owner also has designs upon the Ordway holdings. Written by Doug Sederberg <vornoff@sonic.net>

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Release Date:

18 June 1955 (USA) See more »

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Der Teufel im Sattel See more »


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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Dorothy Malone was billed on posters as "That 'Battle Cry' Girl." See more »


When Randolph Scott throws a silver peso down on the dirt street to challenge the Peso Kid, the coin rings like it was dropped on concrete. See more »


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Larry Madden: What's a girl like you doin' tied in with a dog like Pearlo?
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Taking Down The Local Ponderosa
21 June 2010 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Some of the same plot elements in the far more expensive James Stewart western, The Far Country which came out the year before are to be found in this fine Randolph Scott B western Tall Man Riding. Like Stewart in his film, Randolph Scott is a tough and touchy guy you don't push too hard and like Stewart he has two leading ladies and you're not quite sure which one he'll end up with in the end.

Tall Man Riding is a range war western and Scott's the loner who's ridden back into town and into the middle of said war. On the one side is John Baragrey the owner of the local saloon and a man pushing homesteaders in on the local Ponderosa owner and Scott finds him repugnant on general principles. On the other side the local Ponderosa owner is Robert Barrat who was making his farewell big screen appearance. Scott was courting Dorothy Malone, Barrat's daughter and Barrat thought him not worthy. He ran Scott out of town after administering a public whipping to him. Malone's now married to William Ching.

The only friend Scott does make is saloon girl Peggie Castle who is the personal squeeze of Baragrey. She'd like to trade up if she can and finds Randy quite to her liking. She even saves him from a bushwhacking.

Tall Man Riding has enough hard riding and gunplay to suit western fans and it is also a harbinger of the westerns soon to be populating the small screen with more adult themes. There are two other roles of note in Tall Man Riding, John Dehner plays a sleazy lawyer and Paul Richards plays a gunfighter on the payroll of Baragrey.

In my description you will also notice some plot similarities to Destry Rides Again and the climax involves a land rush which while not as spectacular as the one in both versions of Cimarron is still exciting enough and done well enough with the small budget this B film had.

Tall Man Riding is a really good Randolph Scott western, one of the better ones he did in the Fifties.

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