Tall in the Saddle (1944)


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John Wayne stars in this western as Rocklin, a ranch hand who goes to Santa Inez for work and gets involved in the lives of those who run the KC Ranch--and those who would like to run it. Though Rocklin has a rather negative perspective of women and treats them accordingly, he is not only confronted by many women in this story, but he also falls for one, which seems to change his view for the better. After he begins to dig too deeply into the local affairs concerning the ranch, he is accused of … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Western, Romance, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Michael Hogan, Paul Fix
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 3, 2005
Warner Home Video


as Rocklin

as Arleta 'Arly' Harold...

as 'Judge' Robert Garve...

as Clara Cardell

as Miss Martin

as Miss Martin

as Mr. Harolday

as Mr. Harolday

as Clint Harolday

as Juan Tala

as Bob Clews

as George Clews

as Sheriff Jackson

as Cap the Bartender

as Doc Riding

as Ab Jenkins

as Ferdy Davis

as Town Citizen

as Saddle Maker

as Santa Inez Depot Mas...

as Train Station Master

as Card Game Spectator

as Wells Fargo Clerk

as Wagon Driver
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Critic Reviews for Tall in the Saddle

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

RKO's Western is simple but entertaining and it's fun to see the Duke, who enjoys good chemistry with the tough and sexy Ella Raines just before he became a box-office star.

Full Review… | September 24, 2008

A rousing oater that is both watchable and forgettable.

Full Review… | August 6, 2005
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

...about as old-fashioned a cowboy picture as one could imagine, but it moves along quickly enough, and it adds a touch of mystery and romance to the usual fights and chases.

Full Review… | May 3, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Tall in the Saddle

Standard oater with nothing to distinguish it from the dozens of other run of the mill westerns that Wayne made throughout his career.

jay nixon

Super Reviewer


Just a really likable movie with great characters and a unique mystery element that westerns don't always have. John Wayne presents such a great character, being a lot more of a traditional nice guy than a tough talking bad boy. For not being a huge movie, it's shot extremely well and it's not really dated. No corny characters or goofy costumes, it's all pretty perfect. I love the romance between John Wayne and Ella Raines, it has chemistry to say the least.

Conner Rainwater

Super Reviewer

Ella Raines is a dish...and there's some good action and funny lines, but the plot doesn't make a whole lot sense.

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