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Saddle the Wind (1958)

Approved | | Western | 5 March 1958 (USA)
Steve Sinclair is a world-weary former gunslinger, now living as a peaceful rancher. Things go wrong when his wild younger brother Tony arrives on the scene with his new gun and pending bride and former saloon girl Joan Blake.

Directors:

Robert Parrish, John Sturges (uncredited)

Writers:

Rod Serling (screenplay), Thomas Thompson (screen story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Steve Sinclair
Julie London ... Joan Blake
John Cassavetes ... Tony Sinclair
Donald Crisp ... Dennis Deneen
Charles McGraw ... Larry Venables
Royal Dano ... Clay Ellison
Richard Erdman ... Dallas Hanson
Douglas Spencer ... Hemp Scribner
Ray Teal ... Brick Larson
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Steve Sinclair is a world-weary former gunslinger, now living as a peaceful rancher. Things go wrong when his wild younger brother Tony arrives on the scene with his new gun and pending bride and former saloon girl Joan Blake.

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M-G-M Filmed It In The Colorado Rockies in CInemaScope and METROCOLOR See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 March 1958 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Three Guns See more »

Filming Locations:

Rosita, Colorado, USA

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Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Perspecta Sound®) (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A first score was written and recorded by Jeff Alexander but had to be replaced due to extensive re-cutting. See more »

Goofs

The union "squatter" Ellison is holding a shotgun in all the scenes including when he is shot. After his death, Deneen picks up the gun and it is now a Winchester that he levers a shell into. See more »

Quotes

Steve Sinclair: I tried to bend that kid a certain way. I tried to shape him. He was some kind of tough leather that I had to make soft. But he didn't soften any. He wasn't made that way. He was just rotten leather and he came up hard.
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Soundtracks

Saddle the Wind
By Jay Livingston and Ray Evans
Sung by Julie London (uncredited)
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Excellent, subversive Western.
31 October 2000 | by the red duchessSee all my reviews

In the 1950s, the best way to attack an intolerably conformist society was to take a harmless 'popular' genre and subvert it, overturn its assumptions. Sirk did it with the woman's picture, Minnelli with the musical, Hitchcock with the thriller; Robert Parrish does it here with the Western, with a vision of Eisenhower family-values capitalist America as a medieval feudality, where everyone must pay obeisance to a landowner, where the stable family unit consists of a killer and a wild sexual neurotic, and where capitalism is actually destructive to the family and continuity, a sterile thing.

Whether John Cassavetes is an embodiment of the Western hero gone wrong, the pressure of capitalism turned in on itself, or a rebel without a cause, the film is full of powerful incident - Cassavetes' first insane shooting spree, which he ends by shooting his own puddled reflection; the drunken attack by Cassavetes and friend on a family of homesteaders, uncomfortably reversing the old attacking-Indians routine; the Leonesque showdown between Cassavetes and Ellison backed by his own brother. Very much a post-'Searchers' Western, land here is synonymous with spilt blood not destiny.


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