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.
A Fun Western
Bobby Underwood | Manly NSW, Australia | 04/05/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"RKO pulled out all the stops on this beautifully filmed western. An attractive cast, which includes John Wayne and Ella Rains, and a well written story with good direction from Edwin L. Marin make this a very entertaining film. It is simply a good old-fashioned western. You don't have to worry about all that John Ford symbolism that makes your head hurt on this one. All you have to do is sit back and enjoy.
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 easterner Clara Cardell (Audrey Long). The sweet Clara is attracted to Wayne and wants him to come work for her, but since her mother is an absolute terror and Rocklin and his new found sidekick, freight driver Dave (Gabby Hays), both have a little "problem" with women, he passes on her job offer.
He gets hired by another prominent outfit, but 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 dealings which led to Red Cardell's murder. Rocklin has a secret reason for poking around that won't be revealed until the last moment.
This one is a lot of fun to watch, and when you are in the mood for an old-fashioned western with a good story and some nice scenery, this is the one you want, right here."
Russell C. Longmire | Houston, Texas United States | 08/19/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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."
John wayne's legacy starts to bloom
Charles Robert Archibald | clearfield, pennsylvania United States | 10/21/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"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!"
My favorite movie, bar none
books1357 | 09/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"John Waynes best full-length performance. George 'Gabby' Hayes best performace - and that's saying a lot. Ella Raines is a fantastic, fiery beauty. Supporting characters a Who's Who of westerns."