Film Review – SADDLE THE WIND (1958)

Saddle the Wind (1958; USA; Metrocolor; 84m) ∗∗∗  d. Robert Parrish; w. Rod Serling, Thomas Thompson; ph. George Folsey; m. Elmer Bernstein.  Cast: Robert Taylor, Julie London, John Cassavetes, Donald Crisp, Charles McGraw, Royal Dano, Ray Teal, Richard Erdman. A world-weary former gunslinger, now living as a peaceful farmer finds things go wrong when his wild younger brother arrives on the scene with his new bride. Sturdy western explores generational values and sees Taylor and Cassavetes capture the differences in their characters to good effect. Whilst the finale is a little too contrite, this is still a well-written tale. A first score was written and recorded by Jeff Alexander but had to be replaced due to extensive re-cutting. [PG]