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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.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre De Toth)

Writers:

Kenneth Gamet (screenplay), Ernest Haycox (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Owen Merritt
Joan Leslie ... Laurie Bidwell Isham
Ellen Drew ... Nan Melotte
Alexander Knox ... Will Isham
Richard Rober ... Fay Dutcher
John Russell ... Hugh Clagg
Alfonso Bedoya ... Cultus Charley
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Bourke Prine (as Guinn'Big Boy'Williams)
Clem Bevans ... Pay Lankershim
Cameron Mitchell ... George Vird
Richard Crane ... Juke Vird
Frank Sully ... 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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Taglines:

SIX-GUN SHOWDOWN IN THE SIERRAS (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 December 1951 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le cavalier de la mort See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. 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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Surprisingly, a bit limp.
20 August 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

I love Randolph Scott westerns and have seen most of his films. However, unlike the vast majority of his wonderful films, this one left me feeling rather indifferent. Some of it is because the plot is oh so familiar, some of it is because the villains aren't particularly believable or interesting (Alexander Knox and Richard Rober were simply too bland for their roles) but I think a lot of it was because the motivations of the baddies were just too vague. It was like they were bad because they were caricatures--not real people. Sure, Knox's character was supposed to be jealous...but this didn't seem enough to explain his actions. And, oddly, for once, Randolph Scott also seemed aimless--at least for part of the film.

Another problem, and I've seen this in a couple other Scott films is that the stunt doubles simply didn't look like the people they were doubling for in the film. While the difference between the stunt man and Scott wasn't as bad as the one in I'M GONNA GIT YOU SUCKA!, it was pretty close. Again and again during the fight at the cabin by the waterfall, you could clearly see it wasn't him.

Despite all these problems, I am not saying that this is a bad western---it isn't a particularly inspired or interesting one. And, from Randolph Scott you just wouldn't expect ordinary. This was 100% ordinary.


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