The Tall Men

Director: Raoul Walsh
Year Released: 1955
Rating: 1.5

Ben Allison (Clark Gable) and his brother Clint (Cameron Mitchell) - Confederate Soldiers upset over the Civil War (specifically Gettysburg) and looking for gold - try to rob businessman Nathan Stark (Robert Ryan), but he manages to convince them to help him lead a cattle drive from San Antonio to the Montana Territory - along the way, a love triangle forms over a pretty young lady (Jane Russell).  Aside from the star power on display - and some nice landscapes photographed by Leo Tover - there's a near total lack of originality in any of it, from the plotting (the Jayhawkers and the Sioux show up for gun battles) to the dialogue (too many scenes don't know when to stop) to doing its best to record Ms. Russell in various states of undress - hell, even the death of a major character is met with a shrug (he drank too much anyway).  When Stark says "he's what every boy thinks he's going to be when he grows up ... and wishes he had been when he's an old man" is he referring to Gable's character or Gable himself?