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Man in the Saddle (1951)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 2 December 1951 (USA)
A private deadly feud ensues when ruthless wealthy rancher Will Isham attempts a takeover of small rancher Owen Merritt's land and marries Owen's old flame, Laure Bidwell.


(as Andre De Toth)


(screenplay), (based upon the novel by)

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Complete credited cast:
Owen Merritt
Laurie Bidwell Isham
Nan Melotte
Will Isham
Richard Rober ...
Fay Dutcher
Hugh Clagg
Cultus Charley
Bourke Prine (as Guinn'Big Boy'Williams)
Pay Lankershim
George Vird
Juke Vird
Frank Sully ...
Lee Repp


A small farmer and rancher is being harassed by his mighty and powerfull neighbour. When the neighbour even hires gunmen to intimidate him he has to defend himself and his property by means of violence. Written by Volker Boehm

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SIX-GUN SHOWDOWN IN THE SIERRAS (original print ad - all caps)


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

2 December 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le cavalier de la mort  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »


Obvious stunt doubles used in the fight between Owen Merritt and Hugh Clagg. See more »


Man in the Saddle
Written by Harold Lewis and Ralph Murphy
Sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford
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Range War Western
2 December 2005 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Big rancher Alexander Knox has married Joan Leslie former girlfriend of smaller rancher Randolph Scott. Knox is a brooding jealous sort of man and wants Scott out the territory. He hires some gunslingers headed by Richard Rober to do the job.

Scott's a 'peaceable man' in the tradition of Wild Bill Elliott, but don't provoke him too much. But Knox is determined to start a range war out of jealousy.

It becomes an open war after Rober kills brothers Cameron Mitchell and Richard Crane who work for Scott. And the wild part is that Scott's now taken a fancy to Ellen Drew.

A previous reviewer said that Alexander Knox was miscast in a western. True he isn't a typical western actor, but a whole lot of people went west to make names for themselves of all kinds. Knox does a good job of the brooding and jealous rancher with a deep seated inferiority complex.

Now it's also true that Richard Rober is a little too nattily dressed for a villain, but that sure is a western stereotype. I think he made a very good villain in this western. Rober was tragically killed in an automobile accident soon after this picture was finished. A good career in villainy was cut short.

A lot of plot similarities to this and The Violent Men also done by Columbia Pictures a few years later. It's a good entry from the Randolph Scott western collection.

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