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Tall in the Saddle (1944)

Approved | | Mystery, Romance, Western | 29 September 1944 (USA)
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Ranch hand Rocklin arrives in town to start his new job but his employer has been murdered and the locals don't seem too friendly.

Director:

Edwin L. Marin

Writers:

Michael Hogan (screenplay), Paul Fix (screenplay) (as Paul P. Fix) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Wayne ... Rocklin
Ella Raines ... Arleta 'Arly' Harolday
Ward Bond ... 'Judge' Robert Garvey
George 'Gabby' Hayes ... Dave
Audrey Long ... Clara Cardell
Elisabeth Risdon ... Miss Elizabeth Martin
Donald Douglas ... Harolday (as Don Douglas)
Paul Fix ... Bob Clews
Russell Wade ... Clint Harolday
Emory Parnell ... Sheriff Jackson
Raymond Hatton ... Zeke
Harry Woods ... George Clews
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Storyline

When a stranger arrives in a western town he finds that the rancher who sent for him has been murdered. Further, most of the townsfolk seem to be at each other's throats, and the newcomer has soon run contrariwise to most of them. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

29 September 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Fremde aus Arizona See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$565,754 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

Goofs

When someone attempts to bushwhack John Wayne's character, the bullet misses him and goes through his hat. Right after the shot, it shows John removing his hat to knock out the light on the table and there is no hole. When Gabby Hayes holds up the hat and puts his finger in the hole, it is well below the top and then, later on, the bullet hole is shown right at the top edge. See more »

Quotes

Rocklin: Touch that gun, and I'll kill you!
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Entertaining Western
8 August 2005 | by PanamintSee all my reviews

Perfectly paced film. Many older films as well as new ones are not as successful as they could be due to poor pacing. It's hard to define pacing - it is maybe in the editing, the director rushing or slowing down the actors, or the way the camera shots are set up. Whatever "pacing" is, this film is a good example of it.

This film makes very good use of character actors (Fix, Gabby, and the others). The producers trusted them enough to really feature them in some scenes, and they deliver. It seems that most producers (in the 1940's as well as today) are afraid to take the camera off the film's star for fear of not making big box-office.

Wayne does a great job in a no-nonsense, straight-arrow role. It is amazing how he could make such a character charismatic, rather than wooden. Ella Raines and Wayne should have made more movies together because they had good chemistry. More importantly Raines was capable of portraying one of the major character traits of the western United States expansion- strong women.

Film buffs can view "Tall in the Saddle" as good movie-making, but anyone can just view it as good entertainment and not even stop to analyze anything. Perhaps that is the genius of a film like this.


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