Sunday Seconds with the Duke

Tall in the Saddle (1944)

Episode #32

RKO Radio Pictures released Tall in the Saddle to theaters on September 29, 1944. Edwin Marin directs the western which stars John Wayne, Ella Raines, and Ward Bond.

‘Tall in the Saddle’ Movie Summary

In the late 1800s, a gritty cowboy named Rocklin boards a stagecoach bound for Santa Inez, Arizona. Driving the stagecoach is Dave, a frontiersman spewing authentic gibberish about all the goings on in the area. Dave especially gets a kick out of sending his two female passengers, Miss Elizabeth Martin and her niece Clara Cardell, on a rough ride through the mountainside.

They stop at a roadside inn to rest their horses, and meet Sheriff Jackson and Bob Clews. The two men there to investigate some incidents involving cattle rustling in the area. Rocklin’s in town to see Red Cardell who owns the K.C. Ranch. Some of his cattle were also stolen. Come to find out, someone recently murdered Red, and Clara’s great is his niece.

Cantankerous old Dave drunkenly throws some insults at the two men, so they take him to the barn to “lie down”. Rocklin later finds him unconscious from a pistol whipping, so Rocklin drives the stagecoach the rest of the way to town.

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RKO Radio Pictures released Tall in the Saddle to theaters on September 29, 1944. Edwin Marin directs the western which stars John Wayne, Ella Raines, and Ward Bond.

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  1. Ella Raines was in a great Preston Sturges film Hail the Conquering Hero and a seminal film noir(more for camera angles and lighting than plot) Phantom Lady.

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