Man in the Saddle (1951)

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    • Man in the Saddle (1951)





      Plot Summary
      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

      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
      Tennessee Ernie Ford ... Wrangler / Singer of Title Song (uncredited)
      and many more...

      André De Toth ... (as Andre De Toth)

      Writing Credits
      Kenneth Gamet ... (screenplay)
      Ernest Haycox ... (based upon the novel by)

      Harry Joe Brown ... producer
      Randolph Scott ... associate producer

      George Duning ... (musical score)

      Charles Lawton Jr. ... director of photography

      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

      Obvious stunt doubles used in the fight between Owen Merritt and Hugh Clagg.

      Filming Locations
      Alabama Hills, Lone Pine, California, USA
      French Ranch, Hidden Valley Road, Thousand Oaks, California, USA
      Iverson Ranch - 1 Iverson Lane, Chatsworth, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Columbia/Warner Bros. Ranch - 411 North Hollywood Way, Burbank, California, USA

      Watch the Movie

      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 1 time, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Man in the Saddle is a 1951 Western film directed by
      Andre DeToth starring Randolph Scott.
      The screenplay is based on the novel of the same name by Ernest Haycox

      Man in the Saddle was the first of the many lucrative collaborations
      between its star Randolph Scott and producer Harry Joe Brown.


      The film's plot centers on a farmer (Scott) who turns to violence
      when a powerful and ruthless land baron (Knox) tries to take over his land.
      In the process he is caught between two women, the ambitious Laurie (Leslie)
      and the down-to-earth Nan (Drew). The climax of the film
      is a fierce fistfight between Scott and John Russell.


      User Review

      Rancho Skulduggery.
      5 April 2014 | by Spikeopath (United Kingdom)

      spike wrote:

      Man in the Saddle is directed by Andre De Toth and adapted to screenplay by Kenneth Gamet from the novel written by Ernest Haycox.

      It stars Randolph Scott, Joan Leslie, John Russell, Ellen Drew, Alexander Knox, Richard Rober and Guinn Williams. Music is by George Duning and cinematography by Charles Lawton Jr.

      More known and rightly lauded for the series of Western films he made with Budd Boetticher, it often gets forgotten that Randolph Scott also had a long working relationship with Andre De Toth. Man in the Saddle was the first of six Western films the two men would make together, and it's a pretty impressive start.

      Sometimes you see words such as routine and standard attributed to a lot of Westerns from the 1950s, and Man in the Saddle is one such film that's unfairly tarred with that brush. Not that the narrative drive is out of the ordinary, the plot essentially sees Randy as a peaceful farmer forced to get nasty when evil land baron flexes his muscles, but the zest of the action, the stunt work, the colour photography (Lone Pine as always a Mecca for Western fans) and Scott, mark this out as a thoroughly entertaining production.

      Characterisations carry a bit more psychological smarts than your average "B" Western of the era. There's a four way tug-of-love-war operating that is clearly going to spell misery, pain and death for somebody, a capitalist slant that bites hard with its egotistical bully boy overtones, while the obsessive behaviour of the principal players adds another dark cloud over this part of the West. Then there is the action scenes, of which De Toth once again shows himself to be a darn fine purveyor of such directional skills.

      And so, we get an ace runaway blazing wagon sequence, a stampede, a quite brilliant gunfight in a darkened saloon, a mano-mano fist fight that literally brings the house down – and then continues down a steep ravine, and the closing shoot-out played out during a dust storm doesn't lack for adrenalin rushes. Scott is once again a bastion of Western coolness, more so when he throws off the bright attire he wears for the first half of film, to then switch to black clothes that signifies he's going all bad ass on those who have caused him grief.

      Undervalued for sure, both as a Scott picture and as a Western movie in general. Don't believe the routine and standard scare mongers, there's good craft here and it's a whole bunch of Oater fun. 7.5/10
      Best Wishes
      London- England