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  • Actors: John Wayne, Ella Raines, Ward Bond, George 'Gabby' Hayes, Audrey Long
  • Directors: Edwin L. Marin
  • Producers: Robert Fellows
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Uca
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb. 2005
  • Run Time: 87 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000795LE4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 156,772 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Newly-arrived ranch foreman Rocklin (John Wayne) finds himself involved in a love triangle and a murder mystery when he discovers that his new boss has been murdered. Framed for the crime, Rocklin must discover the identity of the real killer if he is to clear his own name.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By S. Guthrie on 30 April 2005
Format: DVD
This must be one of John Wayne's best westerns. OK it may have a few large leaps in the plot which can cause you to lose your way the first time through, but it is still a classic. The comedy of the sterotyping of characters is timeless (although maybe not correct), and the simple answers offered by Wayne to his actions are equally funny.
This is a western with everything - a drunk, a love triangle, a murder, a sinister plot and John Wayne.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 7 Oct. 2011
Format: DVD
RKO Radio Pictures presents "TALL IN THE SADDLE" (1944) - (87 min/B&W) -- Starring: John Wayne, Ella Raines, Ward Bond, George "Gabby" Hayes, Audrey Long & Elisabeth Risdon

Directed by Edwin L. Marin

Rocklin (John Wayne) is a chauvinistic cowboy who arrives at the KC Ranch in Santa Inez to apply for a job as a foreman. But when he finds that the owner has died and that the ranch is now being run by two women: Clara Cardell (Audrey Long) and her aunt Miss Martin (Elizabeth Risdon), he hardheadedly refuses to work for them. But later on, Clara comes looking for Rocklin, asking his help in obtaining a letter from the town's corrupt judge Garvey (Ward Bond) that proves that Clara is old enough to be the legal owner of the ranch.

Rocklin arrives in Garvey's office just after Garvey has burned the letter. The two tangle, with Rocklin sending Garvey crashing through his door. After the fight, Rocklin meets Arly Harolday (Ella Raines), another female ranch owner. Rocklin's views on women enrage Arly so much that she gets her stepfather (Donald Douglas) to hire him to work on her ranch, just so she can fire him. But in spite of Rocklin's primitive attitudes, Arly falls in love with him. Meanwhile, things are heating up as Garvey and other corrupt officials try to get control of the KC ranch. In order to get rid of Rocklin, a murder rap is pinned on him, forcing him to leave town.

A hard-driving cowboy yarn with some memorable scenes.

Love the scene where Elisabeth Risdon showing her composure and customary dignity are distinctly ruffled - when she is literally spanked on her bottom by a grizzly 'George 'Gabby' Hayes', two wonderful character actors in an unforgettable scene.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jan. 2003
Format: VHS Tape
This is just a terrific RKO "A" western with an attractive cast and a well written story. It moves along nicely, is beautifully filmed, and is a lot of fun to watch. When you want to see a good old fashioned cowboy movie without the John Ford symbolism this is the one. This one is for those times when you just want to see an entertaining WESTERN!
Rocklin (John Wayne) has come to town to work for Red Cardell, only to find he has been murdered. The KC Ranch has been inherited by beautiful Audrey Long from the east. Clara Cardell (Long) is sweet and attracted to Wayne but her mother is an absolute terror and since Rocklin and his new found sidekick, freight driver Dave (Gabby Hays), both have a little "problem" with women he passes on their job offer.
He gets hired by another prominent outfit and as it turns out, this one is run by a woman as well. Ella Rains is Arly Harolday, a gorgeous spitfire and cowgirl deluxe. Sparks fly and she falls for Rocklin while he begins to dig a little deeper into the crooked goings on. Wayne has a secret not revealed until the end and it changes everthing.
Ward Bond is in this one also as Judge Garvey in this nicely directed western by Edwin L. Marin. RKO pulled out all the stops on this splendid and entertaining western. The story is great, as are the scenery and production values. Everything about this film is impressive. This one is a lot of fun. Don't miss it....
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 April 2000
Format: VHS Tape
This is a traditional good guy against bad guys flick with a good balance of action and good ol' fashion Western humour. Wayne and Hayes work well together (as well as Wayne and Brennan) with enough great one-liners to have any Western fan chuckling. Stictly for fans of the genre.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
"A Fast-Paced Entertaining Western" 13 May 2005
By Kay's Husband - Published on
Format: DVD
My DVD shelf is sagging with all the John Wayne movies on it, but when this was recently released I had to add it to the others.

When this movie was originally released I was going on 1 year of age. With all the westerns I saw growing up in the 1950s, I don't recall ever seeing this one until a decade ago on TNT's ole 4:00 p.m. daily westerns. I immediately went out and bought the VHS and viewed it many times over. As soon as my wife and I got home with the DVD a few days back we immediately viewed it, too. She is not much for westerns, but her comment after viewing TALL IN THE SADDLE for the first time was that it was a very good movie.

I'm partial to some of the earlier John Wayne movies before he became a 'household name', one in particular: BLUE STEEL. And I rate this movie, TALL IN THE SADDLE, just as good. I would give both BLUE STEEL and TALL IN THE SADDLE more than 5-stars if possible.

TALL IN THE SADDLE was made at a time when directors and actors knew how to make westerns, and this movie just has the feel of a very good one. Its excellence approaches STAGECOACH, an earlier John Wayne movie, that just barely surpasses both BLUE STEEL and TALL IN THE SADDLE.

So, if you like John Wayne westerns or just westerns in general, you can do no better than this one.

And George "Gabby" Hayes is at his best here, too. This is the first time I ever saw Ella Raines in a movie, and what an introduction to her. She is sensational as a gun-totin' woman of the range.

Another item not to go unnoticed in this flick is the appearance of Raymond Hatton in the role a drunken friend of Gabby Hayes. If you look up Raymond Hatton you will see that he made more westerns than any other actor, and at one time was a box office draw right along side Bob Steele and Hoot Gibson. Another outstanding item in this movie is that of Paul Fix, long a John Wayne friend; Fix wrote the screen play for TALL IN THE SADDLE, and anyone familiar with the 1950s Rifleman on TV will certainly remember Mr. Paul Fix.

Enough of all this, go watch this sensational western picture from long ago, when they still knew how to make them.

Semper Fi.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
What a great surprise 27 April 2007
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: DVD
I was expecting this early Wayne film to be one of those "cliched and routine" stock westerns, so imagine my surprise and delight when I discovered a well written and well performed, solid and unique little western/mystery. Wayne is great in his role and many of his "iconic" mannerisms are evident in this performance.
Co-star Ella Raines is not only very lovely, but she's very convincing as a "tough as nails" cowgirl. She and Wayne have great chemistry together.
The story in this film is airtight and very believable and was truly well written. There are many snappy and memorable bits of dialog delivered with perfection.
Gabby Hayes and Ward Bond once again demonstrate why they became such popular, co-starring character actors. Both of them really shine in their roles and make this film such an enjoyable experience. A special nod to actress Elisabeth Risdon for playing the bitter, conniving old crone so well, and to Audrey Long for making her "sweet and gentle" character memorable instead of boring. (not an easy task)
If you are looking for a fast paced, action packed western with a great story, then definitely check out "Tall in the Saddle." I now know this is one of the best from it's era, and highly recommend seeing it.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Overlooked Classic 19 Aug. 2004
By Russell C. Longmire - Published on
This film finally came out on DVD in a John Wayne collection. Yeah! It is a classic in the vein of the Fighting Kentuckian and Dakota alas without Vera Ralston but Ella Raines is great in her own right. Ward Bond is the heavy again and he does it with gusto. Personally, I have always liked this early classic and bought it immediately when it came out on DVD. I grew up on John Wayne and certainly like most of his early movies. If I had my choice between this one and Chisum, I would take this one in a flash. If you liked Angel and the Badman, you will like this one.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
John wayne's legacy starts to bloom 21 Oct. 2003
By Charles Robert Archibald - Published on
I love the chemistry between the Duke and George "Gabby" Hayes. I noticed it while watching the "B" westerns of The Duke's early movie career. Paul Fix wrote the screen play and is also credited for giving John Wayne his famous walk. In this movie, The Duke is a Man's man. He had that great charisma that is lacking in so many "stars" today. The story is simple and yet, it's a good one. the classic format of good vs. evil and no one could pull it off better than John Wayne! I also enjoyed watching Ward Bond play the corrupt judge. In my opinion; He is one of the greatest character actors in movie history. He and John wayne played so well off of each other. Even though the movie isn't considered a classic, It is well worth watching and it is also very much worth owning. Trust me; this is one for your collection!
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Just Like John 7 Jun. 2006
By Henry Erlenwein - Published on
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He's rough. He's tough. He's pleasantly intimidating to anyone wishing a confrontation. Big John is coming.

"Stagecoach" may have made him a star but this one personified the walk, the talk, and the legend.

Finally, on DVD, restored beautifully in mint black and white with sound to match.

This is Mr. Wayne in his prime with a terrific supporting cast. Gabby Hayes and Raymond Hatton, the original oldtimers and sidekicks are hilarious. Paul Fix, veteran actor best known from "The Rifleman", as the roustabout bad guy. Ward Bond in one of many appearances in Wayne films. The lovely Ella Raines who fits her tomboy role like a glove. And after 50 years it holds up. No question about it.

If you're a John Wayne fan this is a must see.

The really great thing about this film is that Wayne, while whipping the bad guys and getting the girl, never shoots his gun. It's all in the "strut and stare".

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