Burt Lancaster has got just the kind of slim-hipped, narrow waisted, barrel-chested, broad-shouldered, square-jawed physique that looks good in those tight uniforms they issue in the French Foreign Legion. Lancaster looks even better when he starts moving around, leaping on horses, wrestling with Riffs and Arabian princesses.
In Ten Tall Men, he plays Sergeant "Mike," the tallest and the strongest of the ten men who save a French Colony from the claws of the Sheik's marauders. In doing so the sergeant wins a medal and a very remarkable princess--very remarkable because she can ride horseback for hours, wearing only gauze pants and a halter, without getting even sore knees.
Ten Tall Men is full of fighting men and soft, shapely women. It's also got some crisp dialogue, and it was filmed in Technicolor. It is no secret why some of us like this type of picture. Ten Tall Men is merely an excellent example of good, colorful escapism with very little reality or plot to confuse the moviegoer.
After Burt Lancaster comes a little stinker called The Magic Face. William Shirer narrates an idiotic story about how Hitler died. You guessed, it Luther Adler, plays the Feuhrer.