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Saddles and Sagebrush (1943)

Passed | | Music, Western | 27 April 1943 (USA)
Krag Sabine has aroused the wrath of all the ranchers by stealing their land with the aid of his henchmen, led by Ace Barco; when Lafe Martin objects, the outlaws shoot him down. Lucky ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Ann Parker
The Texas Playboys ...
Cowhands, Musician
Krag Savin
Lafe Parker
Henchman Trigger
Henchman Blackie


Krag Sabine has aroused the wrath of all the ranchers by stealing their land with the aid of his henchmen, led by Ace Barco; when Lafe Martin objects, the outlaws shoot him down. Lucky Randall promises Ann Martin he will avenge her wounded father. He sets up headquarters on the Martin ranch and sends for Bob Merritt and his men, the Texas Playboys (Jesse Ashlock, Leon McAuliffe, Cotton Thompson, Junior Barnard and Luke Wills). Krag organizes his remaining men for an attack on the ranch. Lucky's men get the upper hand but Krag escapes with Ann as his hostage. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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LOADED WITH ACTION! (original lobby card-all caps) See more »


Music | Western


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Release Date:

27 April 1943 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Pay Off  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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One of over a hundred Columbia features, mostly Westerns, sold to Hygo Television Films in the 1950s, who marketed them under the name of Gail Pictures; opening credits were redesigned, with some titles misspelled, the credit order of the players rearranged, some names misspelled, and new end titles attached, thus eliminating any evidence of their Columbia roots. Apparently, the original material was not retained in most of the cases, and the films have survived, even in the Sony library, only with these haphazardly created replacement opening and end credits. See more »


[Barko and Cutter offer Lucky $100 a month to join Krag Savin's gunmen]
Lucky Randall: Say that's quite a proposition. Sure, I'll take it!
Ace Barko: Good. You'll meet us at sundown and we'll head for Pinon City.
Cannonball: Be right there, Mr. Cutter
Ace Barko: Barko's the name.
Cannonball: Barko? Glad to meet you, Mr. Barko.
Henchman Cutter: Cutter's the name.
Cannonball: [to Lucky] What did that fella say his name was?
Lucky Randall: Which one?
Cannonball: The other one?
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Performed by Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys
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Keep On Hubbin' It
23 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

What a treat, Lucky Hayden ridin', ropin', shootin', Dub Taylor as Cannonball with plenty of funny lines to deliver and Lucky giving it right back to him in kind, the music legend Bob Wills and The Texas Playboys performing the likes of "Hubbin' It," a pretty colleen, Ann Savage as Ann Parker, a dastardly outlaw boss, William Wright as Krag Savin, some of the meanest henchmen in the business, lots of action and terrific stunt work! As Gershwin would say, "Who could ask for anything more?" The alternate title for "Saddles and Sagebrush," "Pay-Off," is more descriptive of the film. The script is fairly routine, sort of a range war type theme. It seems an outlaw gang is trying to drive the homesteaders out and take the government land for themselves. One of the henchmen in charge of finding hired guns finds the wrong hired gun, Lucky. When Lucky sees for himself what is happening, he sides with the homesteaders and brings his cowboys to help defeat the outlaws.

Bob Wills has a second lead in the film. Though Wills didn't originate Western Swing, he did popularize it. After the untimely death of Milton Brown in a car accident, Wills had no serious rivals. He could out fiddle any of his contemporaries. Plus he was an original and creative musician who wrote much of his own material. His lead vocalist was usually Tommy Duncan and Bob would do the ah-hahs and other asides, but he was also a singer and in "Saddles and Sagebrush," he does the vocals for the Texas Playboys. The songs in the film were all composed by Bob Wills and Cindy Walker, one of the finest songwriters in country music.

Dub Taylor, Lucky's comical sidekick Cannonball, was not only a fine comedian and actor but was himself a musician, though he doesn't play his xylophone in "Saddles and Sagebrush." The repartee between Cannonball and Lucky is electric, for example Cannonball tells Lucky that he'll be right behind him, "Maybe you'll need some help." Lucky retorts, "If I do, I send you after some." If you're a fan of the Saturday matinée westerns, you should enjoy this one.

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