TALL IN THE SADDLE is a standard B-western, given more of a mystery bent from its script. Uninvolving and forgettable despite lots of fisticuffs and gunplay. Taciturn John Wayne shows up for a job as a ranch foreman but backs off when he realizes that he’ll have to work for a skirt. “You might as well know right now that no woman’s gonna get me hogtied and branded.” Despite this unchivalrous attitude, Ella Raines vamps our hero, while Gabby Hayes gibbers nonstop and Ward Bond plots coolly to get the deed to the proverbial homestead.
It did sturdy business of $2,000,000. Duke and pal Ward look good slugging it out together and Ms. Raines makes a fairly vixenish little hellcat. Another Wayne buddy, Paul Fix, wrote the script, but he also managed to break up his marriage by getting involved with the sultry Raines, making for some 1944 Home Front fireworks. 87 minutes directed by Edward L. Marin.