Tall In The Saddle (1944)

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    Plot Summary
    When a stranger arrives in a western town he finds that the rancher
    who sent for him has been murdered. Further, most of the townsfolk seem
    to be at each other's throats, and the newcomer has soon run contrariwise to most of them.

    Full Cast
    John Wayne .... Rocklin
    Ella Raines .... Arleta 'Arly' Harolday
    Ward Bond .... 'Judge' Robert Garvey
    George 'Gabby' Hayes .... Dave
    Audrey Long .... Clara Cardell
    Elisabeth Risdon .... Miss Elizabeth Martin
    Donald Douglas .... Harolday (as Don Douglas)
    Paul Fix .... Bob Clews
    Russell Wade .... Clint Harolday
    Emory Parnell .... Sheriff Jackson
    Raymond Hatton .... Zeke
    Harry Woods .... George Clews
    Erville Alderson .... Wells Fargo Clerk (uncredited)
    Walter Baldwin .... Stan (depot master) (uncredited)
    Hank Bell .... Hotel Clerk (uncredited)
    Clem Bevans .... Card game spectator (uncredited)
    Wheaton Chambers .... Ab Jenkins (uncredited)
    George Chandler .... Saddle Maker (uncredited)
    Victor Cox .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Frank Darien .... Train Station Master (uncredited)
    William Desmond .... Town Citizen (uncredited)
    Russell Hopton .... Wagon Driver (uncredited)
    Ben Johnson .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Cy Kendall .... Cap, Bartender (uncredited)
    Sam McDaniel .... Servant (uncredited)
    Robert McKenzie .... Doc Riding (uncredited)
    Frank Orth .... 'Shorty' Davis (uncredited)
    Frank Puglia .... Talo (uncredited)
    Russell Simpson .... Pat Foster (uncredited)
    Tom Smith .... Townsman (uncredited)
    Eddy Waller .... Santa Inez Depot Master (uncredited)

    Writing Credits
    Gordon Ray Young (story)
    Michael Hogan (screenplay) and
    Paul Fix (screenplay) (as Paul P. Fix)

    Original Music
    Roy Webb

    Robert De Grasse (director of photography) (as Robert de Grasse)

    Fred Graham .... stunt double: John Wayne and Harry Woods (uncredited)
    Ben Johnson .... stunts (uncredited)
    Henry Wills .... stunts (uncredited)

    This was the first John Wayne film to be shown on American network television.

    Memorable Quotes

    Filming Locations

    Agoura Ranch, Agoura, California, USA
    Lake Sherwood, California, USA
    RKO Encino Ranch, Encino, Los Angeles, California, USA
    RKO Studio, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA
    Sedona, Arizona, USA

    Previous discussion:-
    Tall In The Saddle

    Watch the Trailer:-

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 20 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Tall in the Saddle is a 1944 Western film starring John Wayne as a misogynist cowboy
    and Ella Raines as his feisty lady-rancher love interest.
    It is the only movie pairing of Wayne and Raines.
    The screenplay was co-written by actor Paul Fix and the film was directed by Edwin L. Marin.

    I agree with Vera and Chester,
    this is a superb film.
    The chemistry between Duke and Ella Raines, was good,
    and Gabby Hayes, just added, to the sheer enjoyment of this film!
    The acting and storyline was sharp, and with a script
    written by Duke's lifelong friend, Paul Fix (See Pals in the Saddle, thread)
    The film was Wayne's second of a six-picture contract with RKO
    This was the first film that Duke worked with producer
    Robert Fellows, which was to go on, to be Batjac.
    From now on Duke wanted to be in control.

    User Review

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Hi Keith,
    I didn't see the film yet, only heard about it. But I always wonder is there some connection between Ella Reines and Claude Rains?

  • One of the interesting things about this film is that Ward Bond is cast against type, in that he is the bad guy, whereas he is usually a buddy to John Wayne's character.

    We really get a charge out of the wild stage coach ride with Gabby Hayes (you just gotta love that guy!) with John Wayne hangin' on for dear life and grabbing Gabby a couple of times, to keep him from flying off the driver's seat.

    A top notch movie!

    Chester :newyear:

  • One word, GABBY HAYES, amazing comedic relief I love this movie. it would still have been great even IF the duke had not been a part.


  • Memorable Quotes

    from Tall in the Saddle (1944)
    (from IMDb)

    Miss Elizabeth Martin: I saw you hit that poor man!
    Rocklin: Yes, ma'am, just as hard as I could.

    Now there are some of the memorable quotes from me, as I think this movie is great and has some pretty good one-liners -

    one used by falc04 in the "Guess the Quote" game -

    Rocklin: Touch that gun and I'll kill ya!

    Here's another one of our favorites -

    Rocklin: Lady, I'd rather walk for somebody else than ride for you.

    That's all for now . . . :D .

    Chester :newyear:

  • Hi

    Its difficult to catagorizethe female stars who played opposite John Wayne but Ella Raines, Gail Russell and Joanne Dru should be in the top four with Maureen O'Hara

    Walk Tall - Talk Low

  • Quote

    Originally posted by arthurarnell@Jan 27 2006, 08:51 PM

    Its difficult to catagorizethe female stars who played opposite John Wayne but Ella Raines, Gail Russell and Joanne Dru should be in the top four with Maureen O'Hara


    And Claire Trevor

  • Hi,
    Whilst compiling the reviews, it has reminded me, of some of Duke's earlier female co-stars.
    I have noticed for example, the chemistry he had,
    with Sheila Terry, Ruth Hall,Verna Hillie, Marion Burns, Sheila Mannors
    who were with him,in those earlier oaters.
    Another love interests, he had the hots for, in the films and real life,
    were Marlene Deitrich, Sigrid Gurie
    These, all brought the twinkle into Duke's eyes!!

    Best Wishes
    London- England

  • Deep Discount DVD has this film as part of the John Wayne Legendary Heroes Collection, combined with The Train Robbers, or individually, and they also offer two movie posters.

    Amazon has it in DVD, VHS, and a book with the title Tall in the Saddle: Great Lines from Classic Westerns. I don't know if the book has any relation to the movie besides the title, but there was a good deal ($0.66 plus $3.49 shipping), so we ordered it and will let you know how it turned out.

    Chester :newyear:

  • Quote

    Originally posted by Moonshine_Sally@Aug 12 2006, 10:59 PM
    I just LOVED this film,what a joy to watch.I can't say there was anything in it I didn't like,got me hooked from the minute it started till the very end!


    The same with me. :rolleyes:

  • Tall In The Saddle is a great murder mystery story that has the duke playing a cowboy Sherlock Holmes. I thought it was good because it keeps you guessing right until the end. The one thing about the dukes movies is that you know that he (almost) never dies. So when you know someone is killing people, he's always going to be safe. But there is plenty of suspense in this film over just who the killer is. I thought it was well done, another great performance from Gabby who tried to steal the show.

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  • All of you remember Audrey Long , the beautiful blond in the movie, who turned out to be Rocklin's cousin. As it turns out she married a studio writer and author named Leslie Charteris (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leslie_Charteris ). He was the author of The Saint series of books, which later became a TV show. They moved around between the United States and Europe, and ended up settling in Surrey, England, where he subsequently died in 1993. According to IMDb, she is still alive, and might still live in Surrey. For those of you in the UK, who might be nearby (my ignorance of British geography is showing here), maybe there is an opportunity to get in touch with her. She was born in 1922, and will turn 85 in April (at least according to the info on IMDb). From my experience, not many at 85 are very computer literate, but there are exceptions, too, like Harry Carey Jr., so maybe if she uses a computer, she can join Chilibill as a former JW movie participant.

    What do you think . . . is it worth a try?

    Chester :newyear:

  • Tall in the saddle just has everything a good western should.

    Interesting detail is Duke baking, and that device he uses to bake the bread in open fire. Does it have a name, and if somebody here has happened to use one, does it work well?
    (I usually make flat-bread on open fire or sometimes yeast-raised buns in stick)

    I don't believe in surrenders.