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Tall in the Saddle

  • Drama
  • 1944
  • Edwin L Marin
  • 87 mins
  • U

Summary

Western starring John Wayne and Ella Raines. When Rocklin arrives at an Arizona ranch to take over as foreman, he discovers that the owner has died and that young Clara is now in charge, along with her aunt. But Rocklin is unhappy about working for women.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

If ever there was a title made for Big John Wayne, this is it. However, the Duke barely gets a look-in, as in reality it's more of a vehicle for his tempestuous co-star Ella Raines, who goes gunning for the Duke in order to woo him. George "Gabby" Hayes is in there, too, in a complex plot in which Wayne is framed for murder as he discovers Ward Bond's crooked plans to steal Audrey Long's ranch. But none of this matters, really. Edwin L Marin's direction is fast-moving, there are two terrific fist fights, and, for those of you who wondered exactly what Wayne got up to during the Second World War, this will answer your question. Incidentally, the screenplay is co-written by Paul P Fix, more usually an actor who often worked with the Duke, most notably in 1967's El Dorado, and who appears here as a gunman.

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Credits

Cast

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RocklinJohn Wayne
Arly HaroldayElla Raines
Robert GarveyWard Bond
DaveGeorge "Gabby" Hayes
Clara CardellAudrey Long
Miss Elizabeth MartinElisabeth Risdon
HaroldayDon Douglas
Bob ClewsPaul Fix
Clint HaroldayRussell Wade
Sheriff JacksonEmory Parnell
ZekeRaymond Hatton
George ClewsHarry Woods
CapCy Kendall
Doc RidingBob McKenzie
Ab JenkinsWheaton Chambers
TalaFrank Puglia

Crew

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DirectorEdwin L Marin

Details

Theatrical distributor
R.K.O. Radio Pictures Ltd
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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