The Tall Target

The Tall Target

Director: Anthony Mann Cast: Dick Powell, Paula Raymond, Adolphe Menjou

DVD (B&W / Full Frame)

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The Tall Target is based on a true story: the attempted assassination of President-elect Abraham Lincoln, even before he was able to assume his duties in Washington. Dick Powell stars as New York detective John Kennedy, who learns of the assassination plot early on. When his superiors refuse to believe his wild tale, Kennedy quits the force and boards the Presidential train, hoping to prevent the killing on his own. The problem: who can he trust on board, and who can't be trusted? Ginny Beaufort (Paula Raymond), the sister of the would-be assassin, might be able to prevent the tragedy -- if she isn't in on the conspiracy, that is. The supporting cast includes Adolphe Menjou, Marshall Thompson, Will Geer, and, as a slave, a young Ruby Dee. The film's nail-biting climax is brilliantly handled by Anthony Mann, whose directorial expertise was becoming sharper with each successive film in the early 1950s.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/01/2009
UPC: 0883316204795
Original Release: 1951
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [B&W, Full Frame]
Time: 1:18:00
Sales rank: 27,574

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dick Powell John Kennedy
Paula Raymond Ginny Beaufort
Adolphe Menjou Col. Caleb Jeffers
Marshall Thompson Lance Beaufort
Ruby Dee Rachel
Richard Rober Lt. Coulter
Florence Bates Mrs. Charlotte Alsop
Katherine Warren Mrs. Gibbons
Leif Erickson Stranger
Peter Brocco Fernandina
Barbara Billingsley Young Mother
Will Wright Thomas I. Ogden
Regis Toomey Tim Rielly
Jeff Richards Policeman
Tom Powers Simon G. Stroud
Leslie Kimmell Abraham Lincoln
James Harrison Allan Pinkerton
Dan Foster Dapper Man
Will Geer Homer Crowley
Victor Kilian John K. Gannon
Paul Harvey Actor

Technical Credits
Anthony Mann Director
Art Cohn Screenwriter
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Richard Goldstone Producer
Ralph S. Hurst Set Decoration/Design
Eddie Imazu Art Director
Newell P. Kimlin Editor
Daniel Mainwaring Screenwriter
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
William J. Tuttle Makeup
Paul Vogel Cinematographer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design
George Worthing Yates Screenwriter

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't speak to the finer points of historical accuracy, but the process of transporting President-elect Lincoln to Washington was indeed a chess game, foiling no fewer than three assassination plots. Fascinating film from start to finish. And, in a refreshing departure from Hollywood revisionism, there is no nostalgia for the Confederacy here. This story is unambiguously clear about who was right, and who was wrong.