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




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15 March 1953 (USA)  »

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Im Sattel geboren  »

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1.37 : 1
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Darn you, Daggett!
27 September 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Considering that this was a low-budget western, I was shocked how good it was. While some might find it all a bit hokey, I was surprised how much I enjoyed this one.

When the film begins, a young man arrives in a strange town. He's looking for his uncle and accidentally walks into the middle of a shootout with his uncle and another man. In the process, young Bill (Chuck Courtney) is shot but he saves the life of the gambler, Matt Daggett (Donald Woods). Daggett seems to appreciate this and helps the young man during his recuperation...too bad Daggett is a wolf in sheep's clothing! Through the course of the film, Bill starts to see Daggett's true side...and a showdown between them appears inevitable...especially since Bill is such an honest and earnest young man.

The film has a lot of surprises. Sure, it has a few of the usual B-western clichés...but it also violates many of them and offers some nice surprises. Overall, a very good and shockingly enjoyable picture.

By the way, although this film apparently was originally in color, the copy I got from archive.org was black & white. Also, I noticed folks with balloons in the film and assumed they were a rather recent invention. However, I checked and they developed them in 1824...so this isn't an anachronism.

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