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Man in the Saddle (1951)

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

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tennessee Ernie Ford was brought in for one brief scene to sing the title song. He was, at this time, a new and relatively unknown singer. This was his first film appearance. See more »

Goofs

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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No tension to drive the plot
12 April 2004 | by Chance2000eslSee all my reviews

This formulaic film (hero's girlfriend marries the villain) just didn't move along fast enough given some of the circumstances of the story. Scott seems too old in this one, and too many times his character turns away from decisive action, deflating the scenes. He responds to the deaths of some of his hands weakly; he escapes from Knox's gang by hiding in a full rain barrel; his escape to the high country and pursuit by John Russell seem superfluous, as does much of the film. The plot could have been tightened.

High points of the film: seeing "Tennessee" Ernie Ford without a mustache singing "Man in the Saddle"; Alfonso Bedoya's too brief scenes as a cook; the color photography of the high country, and the fight scene there with John Russell.


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