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Man in the Saddle

4.3 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews

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One of the great Westerns of the '50s, MAN IN THE SADDLE has Randolph Scott doing what he does best: Ridin', shootin', seeing justice done and gettin' into fist fights. He is a small-time rancher wholoses his girl to a big-time rancher. She sees the error of her ways only too late.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Clem Bevans, Ellen Drew, Randolph Scott, Richard Rober, John Russell
  • Directors: Andre De Toth
  • Producers: Harry Brown
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Japanese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 6, 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000A1OG0E
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #47,007 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man in the Saddle" on IMDb

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In MAN IN THE SADDLE we see Randolph Scott (1898-1987) in a archetypal role as Owen Merritt , a man of few words , inerring aim and unbreakable principes , who swallow his pride when the woman he loves marries for wealth . But when her wildly jealous husband vows to ruin Merritts Ranch , Merritt strikes back . A Satisfying combination of action , Romance and breathtaking high-desert scenery , MAN IN THE SADDLE also featured Tennesse Ernie Ford (1919-1991) in a rare movie appearance . Great plot and wonderful outdore scenery and Randolph Scott..what more do you need ! . High Qualty digital transfer . Recommended
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There's a small lake that straddles the boundary separating Will Isham's Skull Ranch and Pay Lankershim's land. Isham (Alexander Knox), a powerful, determined and jealous megalomaniac, offers $50,000 cash if Pay sells his ranch to him this night, Isham's wedding night. It's worth maybe $9,000. There's enough water for both our herds, Pay says. "You don't get the idea," Isham says with a tumbler of brandy in his hand. "I'd only own half a lake. I don't own half of anything, Lankershim. I own it all, lock, stock and barrel. That goes for anything. Whatever I have is mine and mine alone. I'll share with no one."

Now Skull's boundary is up against Owen Merritt's land...and it will only be a matter of time before Isham goes after Owen (Randolph Scott). He's even brought in a hired gun to speed things along. And the woman Isham just married? Turns out Laurie Bidwell (Joan Leslie) is the woman Owen loves. She made her choice, however, because she wanted position and money, and that meant Isham, not Owen. After Owen nearly gets killed in a stampede engineered by Isham's men, Laurie is beginning to have doubts about her choice. She'd better remember what Isham told Pay: "Whatever I have is mine alone. I'll share with no one."

When Owen's men start getting killed, he decides to do some killing of his own. It's not long before it's just Owen Merritt against the power of Skull, and that means Will Isham and his hired guns. Thank goodness Owen has a few loyal ranch hands and one friend, spunky, feisty Nan Melotte, the blonde young owner of a small ranch next to Owen's. We know things are going to get much rougher in the next hour.

Man in the Saddle may be a B western, but it's a Randolph Scott B western.
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The more I see of Randolph Scott, the more I like him. By 1950 or so (this was made in 1951) he stood next to only John Wayne as the star that the public most identified with quality westerns - and Scott actually made a lot more westerns in the postwar period than Wayne did, despite retiring in 1962. Many of them were quickie "B" pictures, and so unsurprisingly they haven't been as well-known as Wayne's stuff, or for that matter the westerns of James Stewart, Burt Lancaster, Richard Widmark, etc. But the release last year of the phenomenal Budd Boetticher set seems to be helping to change the critical views on Scott and his work, particularly the material he had more control over (often as a producer, as in the case of this film) in his last active decade.

André De Toth, a director who like Anthony Mann was equally adept in noir and western environments, manages to set out Kenneth Garnet's screenplay (based on an Ernest Haycox novel) of a complex love-pentagle against the background of feuding ranchers slickly and with a surprising amount of subtlety and grace given the 87-minute running time. Scott is small-time rancher Owen Merritt, in love with tough girl Laurie Bidwell (Joan Leslie) who has decided to get ahead in the world by marrying the big cheese cowman in the area, Will Isham (Alexander Knox). As Merritt is rejected by Laurie and tries to come to terms with it he's attended in his sorrows by even smaller-time rancher Nan Melotte (Ellen Drew), who has no interest in bigwigs - or in the half-crazed Hugh Clagg (John Russell), a brooding cowboy who wants her no matter what.
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...what more do you need? Scott does what he does best in this above average western made with high production values and a touch of angst. Good classic supporting cast and good locations as well as excellent direction make this oater stand alone and stand out in Scott's film's from the 50's.Good,clear DVD issue make this a must.
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MAN IN THE SADDLE (1951) is a very fine little Western, directed by the underrated director Andre De Toth, with a fine screenplay written by Kenneth Gamet. Despite the formulaic story line, the film never drags or dawdles. Randy Scott illustrates, once again, all the fine acting characteristics that made him one of the top ranking "Western" actors of all time. Alexander Knox, an interesting choice for the villain, adds much to the story. Other members of the cast, including Alfonso Bedoya and John Russell, round out this solid oater, well worth investigating. Finally, the title song is sung by none other than "Tennessee Ernie Ford," and remains in the memory long after the movie's images are gone....
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