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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.

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(as Andre De Toth)

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(screenplay), (based upon the novel by)
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Owen Merritt
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Laurie Bidwell Isham
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Nan Melotte
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Will Isham
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Fay Dutcher
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Hugh Clagg
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Cultus Charley
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Bourke Prine (as Guinn'Big Boy'Williams)
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Pay Lankershim
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George Vird
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Juke Vird
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Lee Repp
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Storyline

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)

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Romance | Western

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2 December 1951 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Le cavalier de la mort  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tennessee Ernie Ford was brought in for one brief scene to sing the title song. He was, at this time, a new and relatively unknown singer. This was his first film appearance. See more »

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

Soundtracks

Man in the Saddle
(uncredited)
Written by Harold Lewis and Ralph Murphy
Sung by Tennessee Ernie Ford
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Better than I was led to believe
21 January 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Some of the reviews here nearly dissuaded me from watching this film, which doesn't seem to have been screened much on British TV (certainly I was unaware of it), whereas the Boetticcher and other later Scott Westerns are shown regularly.

"MITS" compared very well indeed with these, and the plot was different to those of "stranger riding into town and trouble"). It's been remarked that Scott was a bit old for the two female leads, but that was the case in many of his later Westerns (and Gary Cooper's too). The colour photography also added to my enjoyment of the film. It was good to see Guinn Williams in a role that wasn't his "comic sidekick" one, and also John Russell as a jealous admirer. Joan Leslie's romantic vacillations were a bit unconvincing, as were the final scenes.

Unlike at least one previous reviewer, I didn't notice the differing appearances of Scott and his fight stand-in, and I doubt that cinema viewers in the early 1950s did either.

(I've just checked the date of release, and was a little surprised, as the film had the "look" of one made late in the decade or even the early 1960s.)

I'm glad that I watched it.


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