Tall in the Saddle (1944)

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Ranch hand Rocklin arrives in town to start his new job but his employer has been murdered and the locals don't seem too friendly.


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  • John Wayne and Ward Bond in Tall in the Saddle (1944)
  • Audrey Long and Elisabeth Risdon in Tall in the Saddle (1944)
  • John Wayne in Tall in the Saddle (1944)
  • John Wayne and Frank Puglia in Tall in the Saddle (1944)
  • John Wayne and Ward Bond in Tall in the Saddle (1944)
  • John Wayne and Ella Raines in Tall in the Saddle (1944)

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9 September 2001 | Steve-318
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| Excellent John Wayne western
You might want to look into the work of director Edwin Marin if you're not already aware of the man. While not in the first line of star moviemakers like John Ford or William Wyler, Marin kept busy with a steady stream of lesser-known but immensely-viewable films throughout the 1930's and 1940's (Marin died in the saddle in 1951).

Check out "Tall" for a good taste of Marin's style. You'll find plenty of John Wayne, hellcat Ella Raines, wonderful Gabby Hayes (who gets knocked down twice while Wayne punches out a villain in one hilarious scene) plus Wayne/Ford touring company regular Ward Bond who plays the heavy in this one.

There's a lot going for this film--a love triangle around the nonchalant Wayne, a full quota of western chase scenes, a showdown in the streets and some snappy dialogue to boot.

It's a fun film and worth catching the next time it rolls across the small screen on "John Wayne Theater."

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