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Released: 1960
Cast: Stuart Whitman, Tom Tryon, Peggy Wood, Viveca Lindfors, Jeff Morrow, Elana Eden
Director: Henry Koster

This Biblical epic stars Elana Eden as Ruth, who serves in the temple where the High Priestess (Viveca Lindfors) leads the worship of the Pagan idols of the people of Moab. When Ruth falls in love with Mahlon (Tom Tryon), a Hebrew, she must come to terms with his spiritual beliefs, but in time she embraces his faith and converts to Judaism when they marry. Ruth travels with Mahlon and his mother Naomi (Peggy Wood) to their homeland of Bethlehem. Ruth suffers hardship and religious persecution, and when Mahlon dies, Ruth's faith is severely tested. But her belief in God survives this trial by fire, and in time Ruth finds a new love with Boaz (Stuart Whitman). ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide


Release Year: 1963
Cast: Tom Tryon, Carol Lynley, Dorothy Gish, Romy Schneider, John Huston, Maggie McNamara
Director: Otto Preminger


  Tom Tryon plays the title role in this uneven Otto Preminger version of the Henry Morton Robinson novel. In his matriculation from Monsignor to the College of Cardinals, Stephen Fermoyle (Tom Tryon) must undergo several grueling life experiences: standing up to bigots in Georgia, defying Nazis in Austria, and so on. Early in the film, Fermoyle's sister (Carol Lynley) becomes pregnant, precipitating an overwrought "whose life shall we save--mother or child?" sequence that unfortunately provokes loud laughter when seen today. The film clocks in at 175 minutes, and sometimes seems twice as long. This isn't exactly Exodus, but that's how Preminger treats the material, complete with a huge expensive cast in cameo roles: Dorothy Gish, Cecil Kellaway, John Saxon, John Huston, Robert Morse, Burgess Meredith, Raf Vallone, Ossie Davis...As with most of the director's films, The Cardinal contains several compelling moments, and just as many clinkers. Preminger contractee Tom Tryon, tired of abuse from Herr Otto in this and other films, eventually quit acting and became a popular novelist. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


  Release Year: 1957
Cast: Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Gilbert Roland, Tom Tryon, Forrest Tucker, Bruce Bennett
Director: Rudolph Maté                                                                                              

Set in the American West after the Civil War, this drama is the pull-no-punches story of a lethal family feud. Colt Saunders (Charlton Heston) fought for the Confederacy in the war, and he returns to his family's Texas cattle ranch after impulsively marrying Lorna Hunter (Anne Baxter) following a very short courtship. During the war, Mexican foreman Innocencio (Gilbert Roland) and his sons have run the ranch. Colt's one-armed brother Cinch (Tom Tryon), who hasn't been much of a help, wants Colt to give him money for his part of the land. When Colt refuses to give him gold in exchange for his share of the inheritance, Cinch launches a scheme to sell the place to a wealthy Northerner. Colt chafes at the notion of selling to a former enemy. Lorna gets pregnant with their first child, and Colt then discovers that she once worked as a prostitute. Soon after, a plot to kill Colt is unleashed. ~ Michael Betzold, All Movie Guide


Release Year: 1965
Cast: Tom Tryon, Harve Presnell, Senta Berger, James Caan, Andrew Duggan, Slim Pickens
Director: Arnold Laven


  Though written by Sam Peckinpah (he adapted the film from a novel by Hoffman Birney), the direction of The Glory Guys was entrusted to the competent but perfunctory Arnold Laven. Cavalry captain Tom Tryon and his faithful scout Harve Presnell are placed under the command of xenophobic officer Andrew Duggan, who hates Indians almost as much as his own men hate him. When not preparing to decimate every Native American in their path, Tryon and Presnell carry on a rivalry over the hand of pretty Senta Berger (another authentic Wild-West type). The novelty of the film is that the Indians, rather than the Cavalry, win the final battle. Despite a few bursts of cinematic creativity from Laven in the climactic scenes, it still would have been more interesting to see how Sam Peckinpah would have handled The Glory Guys. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


Release Year: 1958
Cast: Tom Tryon, Gloria Talbott, Peter Baldwin, Ken Lynch, John Eldredge, Robert Ivers
Director: Gene Fowler


It has now become a film-review clich to preface a write-up for I Married a Monster From Outer Space with the cautionary "Don't be misled by the title." The fact remains, however, that this one of the better and more intelligent horror outings of the late 1950s. The "I" of the title is Marge Farrell (Gloria Talbott), who can't help noticing that her husband Bill (Tom Tryon) has been acting very strangely since their dark-and-stormy wedding night. For one thing, the formerly demonstrative Bill behaves listlessly, as though possessing no emotions whatsoever; for another, though he spends much of his free time at Grady's Bar, Bill never takes a drink (now that is weird!) It isn't long before Marge discovers that Bill, along with several of his male friends, have been taken over by aliens from the Andromeda Nebula, who have arrived on earth to replenish their species. There's only one flaw to this plan: the aliens are unable to procreate! Once the authorities are alerted, a posse of non-possessed men attack the alien spaceship, paving the way for the not-altogether-predictable finale. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide  


                  Screaming Eagles

Release Year: 1956
Cast: Tom Tryon, Jan Merlin, Alvy Moore, Martin Milner, Jacqueline Beer, Joe di Reda
Director: Charles F. Haas

The D-Day invasion of 1944 provides a backdrop for the Allied Artists actioner Screaming Eagles. Tom Tryon plays Private Mason, an ill-tempered member of the 101st Airborne Infantry division. Mason makes plenty of enemies with his negative attitude until good-guy lieutenant Pauling (Jan Merlin) straightens him out. The 101st' s main objective (once all personal travails are swept away, that is) is to capture and hold a vital bridge in Normandy. Jacqueline Beer, later one of the costars of TV's 77 Sunset Strip, provides the feminine interest as an attractive resistance fighter (were there ever any unattractive resistance fighters?) Featured in the cast are TV favorites Martin Milner and Alvy Moore and second-generation thespian Edward G. Robinson Jr. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide  



                     The Scarlet Hour

Release Year: 1956
Cast: Carol Ohmart, Tom Tryon, James Gregory, Elaine Stritch, E.G. Marshall, Edward Binns
Director: Michael Curtiz

  The Scarlet Hour was a relatively bold experiment for a mid-1950s Paramount release. The studio expended a great deal of money on the project and enlisted the services of top-flight director Michael Curtiz -- then populated the cast with young unknowns. Carol Ohmart and Tom Tryon (yes, the future novelist) star as Paulie and Marsh, respectively the film's villainess and protagonist. Knowing that Marsh is hopelessly in love with her, Paulie uses him as a dupe in an upcoming jewelry heist. Only after a killing has occurred does Marsh come to his senses. Jody Lawrance, whose previous career as a Columbia contract player had led nowhere, is "introduced" as the good girl to whom Marsh eventually retreats. Other comparative newcomers in the cast include Elaine Stritch, James Gregory and Edward Binns. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


                     The Unholy Wife

Release Year: 1957
Cast: Rod Steiger, Diana Dors, Tom Tryon, Marie Windsor, Arthur Franz, Luis Van Rooten
Director: John Farrow

In this crime thriller a young woman marries a wealthy vintner. Soon afterward, she falls in love with a handsome rodeo rider whom she sees every time her husband is away. One night, her mother-in-law spots a burglar outside the house and reports it to the police. The conniving wife sees a window of opportunity and plots the death of her husband, hoping to blame it on the burglar. Unfortunately, she accidentally murders her husband's friend. Fortunately, she is able to con her husband into taking the rap with the promise that he will be acquitted. During the trial, she lies and he is put away. Later she gets hers when her mother-in-law is poisoned and she is convicted of the crime. The irony of it all is that the wife is innocent of that crime. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide



                  Fall of the House of Usher

Release Year: 1958
Cast: Marshall Thompson, Tom Tryon
Director: Robert Esson

  Fall of the House of Usher, Edgar Allan Poe's macabre tale of family curses, premature burial, and horrible revenge, was adapted for television in 1958. Marshall Thompson plays the tormented Roderick Usher, whose sister has died under mysterious circumstances. Upon the arrival of her fiancee (Tom Tryon), the girl literally returns from the grave to wreak havoc. Produced by Albert McCreery and directed by Robert Esson, this version of Fall of the House of Usher was originally presented April 28, 1958 on the daily live TV anthology series Matinee Theatre. A color kinescope of the production was later syndicated as part of a package titled Cameo Theater. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide


       Gundown at Sandoval/Gunfight at Sandoval

Release Year: 1959
Cast: Lyle Bettger, Harry Carey, Jr., Dan Duryea, Beverly Garland, Tom Tryon
Director: Harry Keller

  In this exciting western, cowpoke Texas John Slaughter rides out for revenge against the man who killed his friend. He heads for Sandoval, a notorious outlaw lair. Horses gallop, guns blaze, and mayhem ensues. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide


 Texas John Slaughter: Geronimo's Revenge

Release Year: 1960
Cast: Brian Corcoran, Adeline Harris, Darryl Hickman, Betty Lynne, Tom Tryon
Director: Harry Keller, James Neilson

Originally aired on TV from Walt Disney, these episodes are combined to form a feature about a Texan man who is forced to defend settlers against Indian friends after Geronimo attacks some innocents. ~ Kristie Hassen, All Movie Guide

                 Geronimo's Revenge

Part of the Walt Disney series, Tales of Texas John Slaughter, this film finds Geronimo warring with a group of settlers, while a friendly ranch owner finds himself caught between the conflicting groups. ~ Iotis Erlewine, All Movie


     Texas John Slaughter: Wild Times

Release Year: 1962
Cast: Harry Carey, Jr., Brian Corcoran, Annette Gorman, Adeline Harris, Betty Lynne, Robert Middleton
Director: Harry Keller

This western is created from a popular serial that starred Tom Tryon playing a rancher who was once a sheriff. Tryon later went on to become a best-selling author. ~ Sandra Brennan, All Movie Guide  

           Stampede at Bitter Creek

Release Year: 1962
Cast: Harry Carey, Jr., Annette Gorman, Adeline Harris, Betty Lynne, Tom Tryon
Director: Harry Keller

  Originally aired on television from Walt Disney Presents, this frontier drama tells of the tribulations a former Texas Ranger encounters when he moves his cattle into New Mexico. ~ Kristie Hassen, All Movie Guide  


               Marines, Let's Go!

Release Year: 1961
Cast: Tom Tryon, Al (David) Hedison, Tom Reese, Willie Tyler, Barbara Stuart, David Brandon
Director: Raoul Walsh

This is a straightforward, unexceptional story about a platoon of Marines taken out of battle in Korea for some R & R in Tokyo, and then sent back to the front lines again. The four men are stereotypes found in many war stories: the simpatico country boy, the intellect though not overtly so, a rich, suave type, and a hard-as-nails tough-guy leader. These four friends are first seen in combat situations, then encountering all sorts of misadventures in Japan before they have to push off to do battle again. This was the penultimate film of director Raoul Walsh (who also provided the story for the script), unusual because he started directing in 1915 -- his career spanned fifty years. ~ Eleanor Mannikka, All Movie Guide  


                                       The Narco Men

Release Year: 1969
Cast: Raf Baldassarre, Jose Bodalo, Francisco Brana, Ana Castor, Richard Deacon, Mirko Ellis
Director: Julio Coll

This is an English-dubbed version of the Spanish and Italian-made 1967crime action feature, also released with the name The Narco Men. It stars Tom Tryon, who shortly after this period left acting completely and went on to become a quite successful novelist. Harry Bell (Tryon) is an Interpol agent who has been framed and sent to prison. On his release, he finds work with a gangster who is desperate to recover some stolen heroin. If he fails to find the drugs, he will be killed. Along the way, Harry seeks to find the woman who framed him. ~ Clarke Fountain, All Movie Guide  


                      Color Me Dead

Release Year: 1969
Cast: Tom Tryon, Carolyn Jones, Rick Jason, Patricia Connolly, Tony Ward, Penny Sugg
Director: Eddie Davis

Frank Bigelow (Tom Tryon) is an accountant who mistakenly discovers some wrongdoing by an unscrupulous uranium development company. His drink is spiked with a slow-acting poison, which he discovers after stomach pains bring him in to the hospital. While Frank searches for the antidote, he uncovers other victims who have already died. The trail leads back to the uranium company and the shady board of directors. Frank races against borrowed time to save his own life in this routine crime drama. Carolyn Jones appears as Paula, the sympathetic girlfriend and loyal secretary. ~ Dan Pavlides, All Movie Guide


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