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Born to the Saddle (1953)

Approved | | Western | 15 March 1953 (USA)
When a young man agrees to race a wonderful quarter horse, a crooked, wife abusing, gambler has plans to sabotage the contest.



(novel) (as Gordon Young), (screenplay)


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Complete credited cast:
Bob Marshall
Matt Daggett
John Grant
Bill Walton
Kate Daggett
Tom Roper
Robert J. Anderson ...
Ricky Summers (as Bob Anderson)
Milton Kibbee ...
Doctor Granden
Boyd Davis ...
Judge Trumbull
Lucille Thompson ...
Doris, the Saloon Girl
Dolores Prest ...
Jerri Marshall
Jeff Sanger


Bent on revenge for the death of his father and the theft of their ranch, young Bill Walton rides into town seeking the aid of his uncle. As he rides into town, he takes a bullet meant for gambler Matt Daggett and across the street lies his uncle, victim of the gambler's gun. Dagget looks on Bill as 'good luck' and nurses him back to health and gives him the job of training "Blue Chip", the fastest quarter horse in the west, for a big race. Bill doesn't know that Dagget plans to fix the race and put his own money on another horse at heavy odds. Quartered at the nearby ranch of John Grant, Bill meets Jerri Marshall, daughter of Bob Marshall, who lost "Blue Chip" to Daggett in a crooked gambling deal. Grant gets mixed up in a stage coach robbery and killing and rides back to the ranch with Daggett henchman Red Roper. When Roper tries to molest a woman, Bill bluffs him with an empty gun and forces him back to town. Roper is arrested for the killing and implicates Grant. Incited by ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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15 March 1953 (USA)  »

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Im Sattel geboren  »

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Blue Chip Special
29 November 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

For a C film western that was independently produced with a scarcity of production values Born To The Saddle turned out not so bad. Some second line performers were in this one and one of them broke his usual typecasting.

The protagonist of the story is young Chuck Courtney who is coming to town looking for his uncle. The uncle is looking however toward crooked gambler Donald Woods and Courtney steps in the way and takes a slug from his uncle's gun meant for Woods whereupon Woods kills him. After that Woods kind of adopts Courtney and since Courtney and his late father used to break and train wild stallions, Woods has Courtney training a new colt he has named Blue Chip.

There's a big race that Woods is planning to fix and Courtney is a small part in some long range schemes. Woods also has a few other crooked irons in the fire as well.

Woods was always a competent actor, but was usually typecast in nice guy roles as the hero's best friend. Here he does something completely offbeat and isn't half bad.

Karen Morley made her farewell big screen appearance the wife of Donald Woods who we would now call a 'battered spouse'. Morley and husband Lloyd Gough were blacklisted and this was the only work she could get, away from the big studios. Her role is not fully developed and she makes the best of what she was given.

Born To The Saddle could use some restoration. Hopefully someone who wants to preserve the work of Karen Morley might finance the effort.

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