The Tall T

Synopsis: Having lost his horse in a bet, Pat Brennan hitches a ride with a stagecoach carrying newlyweds, Willard and Doretta Mims. At the next station the coach and its passengers fall into the hands of a trio of outlaws headed by a man named Usher. When Usher learns that Doretta is the daughter of a rich copper-mine owner, he decides to hold her for ransom. Tension builds over the next 24 hours as Usher awaits a response to his demands and as a romantic attachment grows between Brennan and Doretta.
Director(s): Budd Boetticher
Production: Columbia Pictures
  1 win.
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78 min

Pa! Pa!

Yeah, I see him.

Jeff! Jeff!

- Morning, Mr. Brennan!

- Morning, Jeff!

Pa thought you was somebody else!

But I knew it was you. Soon as I seen

the claybank, I knew it was you.

- You got young eyes, Jeff.

- You headed for Contention?

Any water in that well of yours, I am.

This animal of mine ain't had a drop

since Sasabe Creek.

- Can I water him for you? Can I?

- Lf you like.

- Good morning, Pat!

- Good morning, Hank!

Mr. Brennan's going to Contention.

- Are you expecting company, Hank?

- Been a station man too long, I guess.

Getting so I cock a hammer

for near no reason at all.

Now mind you, don't let him drink

too much of that, Jeff, warm like he is.

You know I'm going to walk him first, Pa.

You've got a fine boy there, Hank,

he knows his stock.

He'll make a first-rate station man one day.

Not if I can help it, he won't.

Ain't a fit life being stuck off

in the middle of nowhere.

All the time by yourself knowing

nobody but stage drivers and shotguns.

Ain't no fit life at all.

- I always thought you were happy at it.

- Well... Thanks. I was.

When Jeff's mother was alive, I was.

Alone, it's different. My retire time

comes up next fall and I'm going to take it.

Man shouldn't ought to be stuck off by

hisself in this kind of country, Pat.

It ain't natural.

You wouldn't be half-meaning me

by that, would you, Hank?

Well, come to think of it, I guess I do.

It ain't right, your working that spread

of yours all alone.

I can't afford to hire

hands. Not yet, anyway.

Still a lot of building to do,

fences to run and such.

But if I get too lonely, Hank,

I can always talk to my stock.

Well, when they start talking back to you,

just remember what I told you.

I figure one bucket's enough, Mr. Brennan.

That ought to hold him, Jeff. Well, I

better get going before that sun goes high.

- What takes you to Contention, Pat?

- Hope to get me a seed bull.

That is, if Tenvoorde

will part with him at my price.

Tenvoorde! You still trying to do

business with that old goat?

- I'm still trying. Thanks for the water.

- Sure!

Mr. Brennan!

- Could you wait just a minute, please?

- Sure, son.

If it ain't too much trouble,

I'd sure wish you'd buy me

some striped candy.

Jeff, Mr. Brennan ain't got time

for that kind of foolishness.

Sure he does. Any special flavor, son?

I'd be mighty proud of cherry.

Cherry it is.

- See you!

- Good luck!

Pa, what's it like in Contention?

There's people there, Jeff. Lots of people.

Excuse me!

- Morning, Patrick!

- Rintoon!

I'm pointing toward the saloon.

Care to join me?

Like to, can't. Kind of short on time.

Well, it looks to me

like a big land owner like you

ought to be able to do as he pleases.

Not quite. But I can't say as I mind it.

- Hey, Pat. Why'd you buy up on the Sasabe?

- No exact reason.

One day it just come to me.

Figured it was time I had something

of my own. It ain't much. Just a start.

You know,

that Sasabe Creek country is wild.

- No more than working for Tenvoorde.

- Well, he did ride you a little rough.

And I never could figure that out.

But you know,

to the back of you, he'd always brag

and he'd say

you was the best ramrod he ever had.

I was the only one who would stay with him.

No, it was a lot more than that.

He thought a lot of you.

He thought a great deal of you.

I never did notice.

You still driving for Hatch & Hodges?

Well, ain't no choice.

The only stage line left in the territory.

You know, they're laying tracks over yonder

faster than a nervous hen.

They're going to be in Bisbee,

them rails, in about a month.

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Burt Kennedy

Burt Kennedy (September 3, 1922 – February 15, 2001) was an American screenwriter and director known mainly for directing Westerns. Budd Boetticher called him "the best Western writer ever." more…

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