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Tall in the Saddle (1944)

Approved | | Mystery, Western, Romance | 29 September 1944 (USA)
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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Clara Cardell
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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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Der Fremde aus Arizona  »

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$565,754 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Idolized by British rocker and folk artist Joan Armatrading, John Wayne and the film "Tall In The Saddle" inspired a song of the same name on her third album in 1976. See more »

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Obvious stunt doubles during the fight between Rocklin and Garvey in his office. See more »

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Dave: Has somebody come to town!
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Entertaining Western
8 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Perfectly paced film. Many older films as well as new ones are not as successful as they could be due to poor pacing. It's hard to define pacing - it is maybe in the editing, the director rushing or slowing down the actors, or the way the camera shots are set up. Whatever "pacing" is, this film is a good example of it.

This film makes very good use of character actors (Fix, Gabby, and the others). The producers trusted them enough to really feature them in some scenes, and they deliver. It seems that most producers (in the 1940's as well as today) are afraid to take the camera off the film's star for fear of not making big box-office.

Wayne does a great job in a no-nonsense, straight-arrow role. It is amazing how he could make such a character charismatic, rather than wooden. Ella Raines and Wayne should have made more movies together because they had good chemistry. More importantly Raines was capable of portraying one of the major character traits of the western United States expansion- strong women.

Film buffs can view "Tall in the Saddle" as good movie-making, but anyone can just view it as good entertainment and not even stop to analyze anything. Perhaps that is the genius of a film like this.


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