I volunteered to write a blog for the Summer Under the Stars blogathon hosted by two great sites dedicated to classic films: Sittin’ on a Backyard Fence and Scribehard on Film . The hosts of these two sites brilliantly decided to host a month-long blogathon that parallels the great actors and actresses featured each day for the month of August on the Turner Classic Movies cable channel. Be sure to click on the links to read other great posts by other bloggers who also love classic movies! I volunteered to focus on actor Randolph Scott, and specifically the great action/Western The Tall T.
The Tall T was directed by Bud Boetticher, produced by Harry Joe Brown, and the associate producer was the film’s star, Randolph Scott. The idea for the film came from an Elmore Leonard story that he wrote in 1955 for Argosy magazine, titled The Captives. Burt Kennedy wrote the screenplay adaptation of Leonard’s story and the film was distributed in 1957 by Columbia Pictures. In glorious technicolor, the movie was filmed on location in the rugged locale of Lone Pine, California. Besides Randolph Scott, the cast includes Maureen O’Sullivan, Richard Boone, Henry Silva, Skip Homeier, Arthur Hunnicutt, John Hubbard, Robert Burton, Christopher Olsen, and Fred Sherman.