The Tall Men (1955)
A great remake of an earlier film by Raoul Walsh‘s The Big Trail (1930) in the form of three men in The Tall Men (1955) to a better degree. Changing some of the details, to become a slightly stronger film. The rivalries of the three men is soon resolved, transfered over to Jane Russell who provides the musical numbers and comedy value to the piece.
The Tall Men takes in a wide variety of locations, as did the previous work, the open land is vital for the film to work and realise that possibility of both Robert Ryan and Clark Gable‘s dreams coming true. We never see that come to fruition, more the unexpected which brings us to the finale.
The majority of the film is the staple of classic westerns, the Cattle run across open country which draws in the crowds, yet the dangers are just the same and feels to easy how they succeed with little loss of life, if we ignore Cameron Mitchell being killed off by the Sioux nation, which comes as more relief than anything.