Man in the Saddle

Synopsis: A small farmer and rancher is being harassed by his mighty and powerfull neighbour. When the neighbour even hires gunmen to intimidate him he has to defend himself and his property by means of violence.
Genre: Romance, Western
Director(s): André De Toth
Production: Columbia Pictures
87 min

You'll have to hurry, Mr. Isham, or

you'll be late for your own wedding.

Nobody buys a drink tonight.

Boys, I'd like you all to shake hands

with Fay Dutcher, Skull's new foreman.

Will Isham sent all the way to

Texas for him to ramrod our outfit.

Happy to meet you folks. And

with my boss getting married...

this will be the biggest

night this town has seen.

So crowd around, everybody, we

got to do something about it.

"Do something about it."

The question is, what are

you gonna do about it, Owen?

The Methodist minister is here. So

I guess it'll be a proper wedding.

- The women have started crying already.

- What makes women cry at weddings?

Yeah, what?

You drunk yet, Owen?

- The bottle is still about half full.

- Then you're sober.

I don't know where they hide,

or where they come from...

but there's a lot of

pretty girls in town.

- Takes a wedding to bring them out.

- Maybe it's hope.

Antelope are running pretty

heavy over in Fremont Basin.

Guess it's time I had

another look at that country.

That's your trouble.

Always taking another

look at a piece of country.

Just fiddle-footed,

smelling the wind for scent.

- So you lose your girl.

- To a man like Will Isham.


the bottle's empty. Let's take a walk.

What for? You're always

taking a walk. Why?

- I'm tired of listening to long speeches.

- I ain't said nothing, but I will.

Owen, you and Prine and

me are just small ranchers.

Good neighbours, never

paid like Isham...

but that's no reason we should

always let him have his own way.

He is.

- Lf Laurie Bidwell was my girl...

- Drink up. It's Skull's treat.

- I'll pay for my drinks.

- Me, too.

Mike and Ike, they talk alike.

What have you fellows

got against Skull Ranch?

So you're Fay Dutcher?

They sure dress them fancy in Texas.

I said, what have you fellows

got against drinking on Skull?

- This is the Vird boys, Juke and George.

- We work for Owen Merritt.

- He sits right over there.

- Well, that explains it.

It don't explain nothing.

Will Isham didn't have to send clean

to Texas for just a ranch foreman.

- What are you, a professional

gun-hand? - Me? A gun-hand?

I'm a cattleman, sir.

I just carry this thing...

because my old mother thought

it looked pretty on me.

Yeah? It was plenty fancy shooting I

saw, the way you knocked off that bottle.

Just luck, plain luck.

I couldn't shoot my way

out of a chicken coop.

Lucky again. This

must be my lucky night.

Juke, George.


I'm glad to see you because

I wanted a word with you.

You've got the floor.

I want to know how

you take this marriage.

If there's going to be trouble

between us, I'd like to know it now.

Will, I congratulate you.

You're sure?

The luck is yours. No complaints.

I want the truth...

and I want everybody

in this room to hear it.

I won't have rumours going around.

I said, I wish you luck.

Better let it go at that.

Let's drink on that.

Gentlemen, this is on Skull.

To the future Mrs. Isham.

Her health and yours, Will.

You'll excuse me...

but I don't wish to appear before

the Bishop with liquor on me.

Croker, I'm buying the house

for the rest of the night.

Mr. Dutcher already set

them up at your expense.

That's very generous of you.

Good night.

Well, so you're Owen Merritt.

Genuine pleasure meeting you.

Gonna be our next-door neighbour.

Not quite next door.

- My ranch is in between.

- Is that so?

Well, look at the groom

what ain't going to be.

You know, Laurie's old man is out there

bragging about his son-in-law already.

You know, she'll see that the

old coot is well taken care of.

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