Saddle the Wind (1958): Robert Parrish’s Western, Starring Robert Taylor, John Cassavetes, and Julie London

Robert Parrish directed Saddle the Wind, a Western shot in Metrocolor and CinemaScope, written by Rod Serling and produced by Armand Deutsch.

Saddle the Wind
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Taylor plays retired gunslinger and former Confederate soldier Steve Sinclair living as a rancher in a small western community. He collaborates with the  landowner Dennis Deneen (Donald Crisp), from whom he rents the ranch, to preserve communal stability.

His quiet life is disrupted by the appearance of his emotionally unstable younger brother Tony (John Cassavetes) and Tony’s girlfriend Joan (Julie London).

Tony has also brought back with him a new handmade six gun with a filed down trigger. He goes out into the yard to show off his quick draw skills with his other prize possession.

In the end, a wounded Tony shoots himself echoing the earlier scene of shooting himself in the pool of water.

Steve tells the wounded Deneen that his brother is dead, and Deneen persuades him to stay on at the ranch.

The film made $1,005,000 in the US and $1,075,000 elsewhere, resulting in a loss of $308,000.

Robert Taylor as Steve Sinclair
John Cassavetes as Tony Sinclair
Julie London as Joan Blake
Royal Dano as Clay Ellison
Charles McGraw as Larry Venables
Donald Crisp as Dennis Deneen
Richard Erdman as Dallas Hanson
Douglas Spencer as Hemp Scribner
Ray Teal as Brick Larson
Irene Tedrow as Mrs. Mary Ellison (uncredited)


TCM showed this Western on July 27, 2020.


Directed by Robert Parrish
Written by Rod Serling
Music by Elmer Bernstein
Cinematography George J. Folsey
Edited by John McSweeney, Jr.

Production and distribution: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer

Release date: March 5, 1958 (US); March 20, 1958 (New York)

Running time: 84 minutes
Budget $1,479,000
Box office $1,075,000