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Tension at Table Rock (1956)

Passed | | Western | 3 October 1956 (USA)
A reluctant gunslinger tires of having to defend himself at every cow town he visits, so he adopts an alias and continues his wandering. At an outpost run by a father and young son, he gets... See full summary »

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Winston Miller (screenplay), Frank Gruber (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Richard Egan ... Wes Tancred
Dorothy Malone ... Lorna Miller
Cameron Mitchell ... Sheriff Fred Miller
Billy Chapin ... Jody Burrows
Royal Dano ... Harry Jameson
Edward Andrews ... Kirk
John Dehner ... Hampton
DeForest Kelley ... Jim Breck
Joe De Santis ... Ed Burrows (as Joe DeSantis)
Angie Dickinson ... Cathy
Paul Richards ... Sam Murdock
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A reluctant gunslinger tires of having to defend himself at every cow town he visits, so he adopts an alias and continues his wandering. At an outpost run by a father and young son, he gets involved with a robbery in progress, and agrees to take the son to the boy's uncle, a sheriff in Table Rock, for his safety. Once there he finds the town gearing up for the arrival of a cattle drive and the unruly cowboys. He strives to remain uninvolved as the sheriff tries to get his help with the cowboys, but the sheriff nurses bad memories from an earlier incident that may threaten his effectiveness. Written by Ed Sutton <esutton@mindspring.com>

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A man like SHANE...the suspense of HIGH NOON!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Blut an meinen Händen See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is an almost textbook western, with many western regulars, like Royal Dano, Dabbs Greer, Dub Taylor and DeForest Kelley. Composer Dimitri Tiomkin also wrote the music for dozens of westerns--most notably High Noon (1952)--and was one of Hollywood's top composers. See more »

Quotes

ageing bar girl: What's the matter, nobody want to play with you?
Wes Tancred: Leave it alone, I'm not a trail hand.
ageing bar girl: It's OK, I've got time.
Wes Tancred: No you haven't.
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Featured in Film Preview: Episode #1.2 (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

The Ballad of Wes Tancred
Music by Josef Myrow
Lyrics by Robert Wells
Sung by Eddy Arnold
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A Minor Masterpiece
17 September 2009 | by nigel-hawkesSee all my reviews

This superb '50s western is what I term a "minor masterpiece". By that I do not mean that it is inferior, rather that its "B" status will inevitably always relegate it to side discussions when the "big" westerns are brought up. But a very convincing argument can be made that this, and many other '50s "B" westerns-including in my view almost all of the Audie Murphy ones-are the absolute pinnacle of the genre.

Other reviewers have given good accounts of the plot so I will instead mention: the marvellous cast (DeForrest Kelly was underused as a westerner-marvel at his performance); the tension that I think is due to the modest running time and the quick, simple scenes that just flow so naturally; great, bright colour (I loathe the dark modern movies); a second-to-none score from an age when there were great film composers; all the essential elements are here-the boy, the tortured hero, believable domestic tensions, the baddies-you just care about these characters.

Every time this appears on British TV I seem to watch it afresh and discover more subtleties.

Minor masterpieces are not that much more common than major ones. Do not miss this movie.


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