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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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Larry Madden was riding back and THE WORD SPREAD LIKE GUNFIRE! See more »




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Release Date:

18 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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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According to Jim Newton's biography "Eisenhower: The White House Years" Ike and Mamie, who frequently screened movies at the White House, closed out 1955 with friends and associates viewing this film on New Year's Eve. See more »


Obvious stunt double for Larry Madden (Randolph Scott) in the fight scene with the deputy under the wagon. As the wagon moves forward and the deputy grabs onto the wagon from beneath it and as the wagon clears them, it pulls them along behind it, the stunt double looks up and you can see his face, which is clearly not Randolph Scott. In addition, the double's hair is dark while Scott's hair is silvery gray. Neither the shirt nor trousers that the double is wearing match what Madden is wearing. The brown dirt stains on the double's clothes from the fight are not duplicated on Scott's clothes, and the double's gun belt is turned all the way around during the fight so that the buckle is at his back, while the shots showing Scott as Madden have the gun belt still correctly oriented. See more »


Cibo Pearlo: [Seeing him standing at poker table] Hello, Larry.
Larry Madden: Howdy.
Cibo Pearlo: What's it been... good luck or bad since we last saw you?
Larry Madden: Oh, a little of both.
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Referenced in Joel King: Man with a Camera (2015) See more »


It Looks Like a Big Night Tonight
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne
Lyrics by Harry Williams
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Return For Revenge!
1 December 2006 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

The "Tall Man Riding" of the title is Randolph Scott in another of his series of "B" Plus (or "A" Minus, if you will) 80 minute westerns made during the 1950s.

In this entry Larry Madden (Scott) is riding to the town of Little River when he happens upon a man being attacked by three others. He takes the part of the pursued and kills one of the attackers. The man he has helped turns out to be Rex Willard (William Ching) the son in law of Tuck Ordway (Robert Barrat) a powerful rancher with whom Madden has some issues. It also seems that Madden had been romantically involved with Ordway's daughter Lorraine (Dorothy Malone) who is now married to Willard.

Riding into town Madden meets an old nemesis Seabo Pearlo (John Baragrey) the owner of a local saloon, and his "singer" Reva (Peggie Castle). Lawyer Luddington (John Dehner) is also there and we learn that Madden has hired him to find out if Ordway truly owns his ranch, Warbonnet. It turns out that he doesn't and the property falls into the public domain.

Meanwhile Pearlo frames Willard for the murder of the gunman and Lorraine comes to Madden for help. He reluctantly agrees to attend the inquest but is ambushed by Pearlo's gunman, The Peso Kid (Paul Richards). Reva nurses him back to health and he returns to town in search of the Kid. However he learns that the Kid is planning to kill Willard on his way to trial with Deputy Barclay (Mickey Simpson). Madden is unable to prevent the murder and returns to town to learn that Pearlo has designs on Ordway's ranch.

Not being interested in the ranch Madden decides that it's time to confront Ordway. The two agree to meet in a showdown in a darkened room where Madden learns that Ordway is almost blind. Madden returns to town to confront the Kid. Then there's the land rush for Ordway's property. Madden decides to join in and................................

The romance between the Scott and Malone characters is a little hard to be taken seriously as he was twice her age at the time. But there's plenty of action in the picture to compensate. Director Leslay Selander gives us a slam bang land rush, plenty of gun play and a knock down drag out fight between Scott and Simpson (and their stunt doubles).

All in all a very entertaining western.

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