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Born to the Saddle (1953)

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When a young man agrees to race a wonderful quarter horse, a crooked, wife abusing, gambler has plans to sabotage the contest.



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Complete credited cast:
Bob Marshall
Donald Woods ...
Matt Daggett
John Grant
Chuck Courtney ...
Bill Walton
Karen Morley ...
Kate Daggett
Glenn Strange ...
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
Fred Kohler Jr. ...
Jeff Sanger
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Kennedy ...
Bit (unconfirmed)


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 <>

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gambler | ranch | outlaw | killing | death | See more »


Filmed in the COLORS of the GREAT OUTDOORS! He Rides Like Crazy...and Shoots Like Blazes! See more »


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Release Date:

15 March 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Im Sattel geboren  »

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1.37 : 1
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23 March 2006 | by (Vancouver) – See all my reviews

I thought this film was so well done. This is a tale of young man growing up trying to make sense of it all. After his uncle is killed by a mover and shaker named Matt Daggett in town, Young Billy (played amazingly by Chuck Courtney) gets shot by his uncle which was meant for Daggett! Daggett and his wife take Billy in, and nurse him back to health. After realizing he doesn't have anywhere to go, Mrs. Daggett wants to keep him, while Mr. Daggett wants to get rid of him. He shleps him off to a close friend of his named Grant. Luckily, Grant has a horse that Billy immediately takes a shine to! He then immediately starts to train the horse for The Big Race. Problem is, Daggett doesn't want the horse to win...

There's lots of twists and turns in this one, all of it is quite engaging and fun. Donald Woods, who plays Daggett, is quite great in this as his character become a real asshole. There are some bits of spousal abuse in this, which is quite surprising for a film of this type, but it really adds to the character of course. Chuck Courtney is the lead here, and he's just great. Reminds me of an older Brandon DeWilde (after Shane).

Print is somewhat contrasty in some places but all in all, quite in great shape. Don't miss this one!

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