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The Tall Target (1951)

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78 min | Adventure, Crime, Drama

A New York City detective, traveling by train between New York and Baltimore, tries to foil an on-board plot to assassinate President-elect Abraham Lincoln before he reaches Baltimore to give a major pre-Inauguration speech in 1861.
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Writers
George Worthing Yates (screenplay) (story) | Art Cohn (screenplay) | Daniel Mainwaring (story) (as Geoffrey Homes)
Cinematographer
Paul Vogel (as Paul C. Vogel)
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Release date
Aug 17, 1951 (United States)

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Dick Powell
John Kennedy John Kennedy   See fewer
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Paula Raymond
Ginny Beaufort Ginny Beaufort   See fewer
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Adolphe Menjou
Colonel Caleb Jeffers Colonel Caleb Jeffers   See fewer
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Marshall Thompson
Lance Beaufort Lance Beaufort   See fewer
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Ruby Dee
Rachel - Slave Maid Rachel - Slave Maid   See fewer
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Richard Rober
Lt. Coulter Lt. Coulter   See fewer
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Leif Erickson
Stranger Stranger   See fewer
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Will Geer
Homer Crowley - Train Conductor Homer Crowley - Train Conductor   See fewer
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Florence Bates
Mrs. Charlotte Alsop Mrs. Charlotte Alsop   See fewer
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Erville Alderson
Minister - Passenger in Club Car (uncredited) Minister - Passenger in Club Car (uncredited)   See fewer
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Olive Ball
Hawker (uncredited) Hawker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Barbara Billingsley
Young Mother (uncredited) Young Mother (uncredited)   See fewer
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Peter Brocco
Fernandina (uncredited) Fernandina (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Bunny
Hawker (uncredited) Hawker (uncredited)   See fewer
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John Butler
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John Call
Clerk (uncredited) Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ken Christy
Detective (uncredited) Detective (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Cody
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Frank Conlan
Clerk (uncredited) Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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Clancy Cooper
Brakeman (uncredited) Brakeman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lucille Curtis
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John Damler
Division Manager (uncredited) Division Manager (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Easton
Young Southerner (uncredited) Young Southerner (uncredited)   See fewer
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Estelle Etterre
Little Old Lady (uncredited) Little Old Lady (uncredited)   See fewer
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Budd Fine
Pinkerton Man (uncredited) Pinkerton Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dan Foster
Dapper Man (uncredited) Dapper Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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Train Passenger (uncredited) Train Passenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Haines
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Jonathan Hale
Passenger from Carolina (uncredited) Passenger from Carolina (uncredited)   See fewer
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Sherry Hall
Man in Boarding Line (uncredited) Man in Boarding Line (uncredited)   See fewer
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Alvin Hammer
Telegraph Operator (uncredited) Telegraph Operator (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Harrison
Allan Pinkerton (uncredited) Allan Pinkerton (uncredited)   See fewer
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Paul Harvey
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Percy Helton
Beamish - Passenger in Club Car (uncredited) Beamish - Passenger in Club Car (uncredited)   See fewer
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Clarence Hennecke
Hawker (uncredited) Hawker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Marjorie Jackson
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Wilfred Jackson
Newsboy (uncredited) Newsboy (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chester Jones
Pedestrian (uncredited) Pedestrian (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nikki Juston
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Stapleton Kent
New Brunswick Station Master (uncredited) New Brunswick Station Master (uncredited)   See fewer
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Victor Kilian
John K. Gannon - Flyer Express Engineer (uncredited) John K. Gannon - Flyer Express Engineer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Leslie Kimmell
Abraham Lincoln (uncredited) Abraham Lincoln (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mitchell Lewis
Sleeping Train Passenger (uncredited) Sleeping Train Passenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Emmett Lynn
News Vendor (uncredited) News Vendor (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Malcolm
Patrolman (uncredited) Patrolman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Mickey Martin
Daniel - Messenger (uncredited) Daniel - Messenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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Billy Mitchell
Hawker (uncredited) Hawker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tom Monroe
Zoaves (uncredited) Zoaves (uncredited)   See fewer
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Roger Moore
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Brad Morrow
Winfield (uncredited) Winfield (uncredited)   See fewer
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Thomas Murray
Zoaves (uncredited) Zoaves (uncredited)   See fewer
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Lou Nova
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Tom Powers
Simon G. Stroud (uncredited) Simon G. Stroud (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bob Rich
Zoaves (uncredited) Zoaves (uncredited)   See fewer
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Philadelphia Police Officer (uncredited) Philadelphia Police Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Bert Roach
Politician (uncredited) Politician (uncredited)   See fewer
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Phil Schumacher
Zoaves (uncredited) Zoaves (uncredited)   See fewer
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Irving Smith
Hawker (uncredited) Hawker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Spencer
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Robert R. Stephenson
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Jack Sterling
Zoaves (uncredited) Zoaves (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Strong
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Frank Sully
Telegram Messenger (uncredited) Telegram Messenger (uncredited)   See fewer
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William Sundholm
Hawker (uncredited) Hawker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Regis Toomey
Insp. Tim Reilly (uncredited) Insp. Tim Reilly (uncredited)   See fewer
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Charles Wagenheim
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Katherine Warren
Mrs. Gibbons (uncredited) Mrs. Gibbons (uncredited)   See fewer
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Wilson Wood
Dispatcher (uncredited) Dispatcher (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.2 / 10 | 1,476 votes