THE TALL TARGET
DIRECTOR: ANTHONY MANN
CAST: DICK POWELL, PAULA RAYMOND, ADOLPHE MENJOU, MARSHALL THOMPSON
A sort of Civil War-era noir, Mann’s The Tall Target had Dick Powell’s New York City police sergeant (named, no joke, John Kennedy) aboard a Baltimore to Washington train with Abraham Lincoln, racing against time to determine which one of his fellow travelers is plotting against the life of the president-elect, with the help of Ruby Dee. A taut, tough, taciturn thriller, with malice toward all, and charity for none. Features one of the greatest final images in American cinema.