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Tall in the Saddle (1944)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance, Western | 29 September 1944 (USA)
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Ranch hand Rocklin arrives in town to start his new job but his employer has been murdered and the locals don't seem too friendly.

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Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Michael Hogan (screenplay), Paul Fix (screenplay) (as Paul P. Fix) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Rocklin
Ella Raines ... Arleta 'Arly' Harolday
Ward Bond ... 'Judge' Robert Garvey
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Dave
Audrey Long ... Clara Cardell
Elisabeth Risdon ... Miss Elizabeth Martin
Donald Douglas ... Harolday (as Don Douglas)
Paul Fix ... Bob Clews
Russell Wade ... Clint Harolday
Emory Parnell ... Sheriff Jackson
Raymond Hatton ... Zeke
Harry Woods ... George Clews
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Storyline

When a stranger arrives in a western town he finds that the rancher who sent for him has been murdered. Further, most of the townsfolk seem to be at each other's throats, and the newcomer has soon run contrariwise to most of them. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Romantic thriller of a lone wolf and his pistol packin' spitfire! See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tall in the Saddle See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$565,754 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film was the final pairing of John Wayne (Rocklin) and George 'Gabby' Hayes (Dave) on screen. The two long time on and off screen friends had first worked together on "Riders of Destiny" (1933). Hayes was billed as just George Hayes, played Charlie Denton and Wayne played the role of singing cowboy and gunslinger Singin' Sandy Saunders. The two actors were very close in real life. Wayne's children thought of Hayes as an uncle and Hayes often described Wayne as the son he always wanted. See more »

Goofs

Prior to the scene where Rocklin climbs out the window when Clint gets shot, Rocklin does not have his gun belt. After he jumps to the street, Rocklin is holding his gun belt. See more »

Quotes

Miss Elizabeth Martin: I wish you would stop referring to my legs.
Dave: Ye got some ain't ye?
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Alternate Versions

Two different companies have released a colorized version on video, Nova Entertainment and Turner Home Entertainement. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Short in the Saddle (1962) See more »

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A really original and witty movie, perfectly executed
14 August 2005 | by FabD1See all my reviews

I think this is a top-notch film. First, and perhaps most importantly, this film cannot be categorized as belonging to any particular, well identified genre. Indeed, the film is best described as a very original mix between a Western, a thriller/detective story, a love story and a romantic comedy with strong existentialist overtones. I am not kidding, you have to see it to believe it! All this perfectly integrated in as perfect a script as there ever was.

Second, the movie is very well executed. All actors are quite good, starting with the young Duke, who delivers a very solid and typical performance. The directing is also first-rate, as is the cinematography (as far as be judged from the rather good Laserdisc and DVD transfers); only the editing does perhaps leave something to be desired, but not to the point of preventing appreciating the other qualities of the movie.

I'd like to finish this review by emphasizing that my rating (7/10) is actually pretty conservative and prudent. If I were to go by my heart and forget about my "brain", I would rate this movie a 10/10.

Trust a movie buff and rent or buy "Tall in the Saddle"; you will not be disappointed.


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