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Saddle Tramp (1950)

Passed | | Western | 11 December 1950 (UK)
A saddle tramp unexpectedly becomes foster parent to four children for whom he provides by working on a ranch that's embroiled in a feud with another ranch and cattle rustlers.


Hugo Fregonese


Harold Shumate (story), Harold Shumate (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joel McCrea ... Chuck Conner
Wanda Hendrix ... Della
John Russell ... Rocky
John McIntire ... Jess Higgins
Jeanette Nolan ... Ma Higgins
Russell Simpson ... Pop
Ed Begley ... Mr. August Hartnagle
Jimmy Hunt ... Robbie
Orley Lindgren ... Tommie
Gordon Gebert Gordon Gebert ... Johnnie
Gregory Moffett Gregory Moffett ... Butch
Antonio Moreno ... Martinez
John Ridgely ... Slim
Walter Coy ... The Stranger
Joaquin Garay Joaquin Garay ... Pancho


Carefree Chuck Connor is on his way west and stops off to see an old friend and his four lads. When his host is killed in a riding accident Chuck realises he must take care of the family. They hit the road and he takes a job on a ranch, but he has to keep the children hidden as his boss hates kids. There's also tension with the neighbouring ranch, and when a girl on the run from her nasty uncle joins the family unannounced Chuck wonders what he has done to deserve all this. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Release Date:

11 December 1950 (UK) See more »

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| (Encore-Westerns Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan who play Jess and Ma Higgins were married in real life. See more »


After Chuck loads the boys up in the wagon and they set up for their first night under a blanket tent he goes to check on the horses and is talking to himself when a kookaburra calls which is unlikely since the bird is native to Australia. See more »


Pop: Which way'd they go?
Chuck Conner: [points over his right shoulder] Thataway.
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Saddle Tramp Saddled With Family
24 March 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Joel McCrea, who likes life free, easy, and independent in Saddle Tramp, on an impulse visit to friend John Ridgely finds himself taking responsibility for his four boys when Ridgely is killed in an accident.

That in a nutshell is the film Saddle Tramp. But it's far more than that, it's what is meant when a film is said to be family entertainment. It's one of Joel McCrea's better westerns in his post World War II period.

The change of lifestyle doesn't come without problems for McCrea. Now he has to get some real work in order to take Ridgely's small ranch out of debt and put food on the table for five. During the course of the film it's six as runaway Wanda Hendrix joins the merry band as she's looking to escape from Uncle Ed Begley.

McCrea also finds work for John McIntire and Jeanette Nolan and gets himself in the middle of a range war between McIntire and neighbor Antonio Moreno. Cattle is being stolen from both ranches and the two neighbors are blaming each other. The film gives you two possibilities as the brains behind the stealing.

Best supporting performance is that of McIntire as the irascible ranch owner who doesn't like children and won't hire anyone with them. That fact is the reason for all the machinations McCrea has to go through.

Saddle Tramp is a nice easy to take western and great for a Saturday morning viewing.

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