The Tall Men Reviews
Two brothers, Ben (Clark Gable) and Clint Allison (Cameron Mitchell) are down-on-their-luck cowboys, after the Civil War, that come riding into a gold mining town in Montana. They try to rob a man, Nathan Stark (Robert Ryan), but Nathan talks the boys into working with him to herd cattle from San Antonio, Texas to the meat-hungry territory of Mineral City, Montana. It's risky, but if they can accomplish this, it'll make them all wealthy men.
On their way down to Texas they meet some settlers who feed them. One of the travelers is Nella Turner (Jane Russell). Later, the settlers are killed off by an indian attack. Ben is almost too late but manages to save Nella. They camp out in an abandoned shack and sort of fall in love with each other. However, Nella has high ambitions of living a comfortable life and Ben's dream of ranch living is not for her.
On their arrival to Texas Nella re-aquaints herself with ambitious Nathan Stark; a match made in heaven. Ben and Clint have put together the cattle and the men needed to herd them this distance including Ben's old friend, Luis (Juan Garcia) They're shocked to find that Nathan is bringing Nella on this trip with him.
Raoul Walsh directs this movie and the technicolor and cinemascope shows the wide expanse of the old west beautifully, and is also great on the wide screen TVs. Also, I loved how he portrayed the Mexican cowboys, the Vaqueros, in this movie. Their horsemanship and bravery are shown to it's finest.