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INTRODUCTION:
Empty Saddles is a Western about outlaws attempting to take over a ranch.


CAST:
Buck Jones .... Buck Devlin (imdb)
Louise Brooks .... Boots Boone
Harvey Clark .... Swap Boone
Charles Middleton .... Cimarron (Cim) White
Lloyd Ingraham .... Lem Jessup, alias Jim Grant
Frank Campeau .... Kit Kress
Earl Askam .... Red Madden
Ben Corbett .... Vegas, head drover
Niles Welch .... Jasper, a dude
Gertrude Astor .... Eloise Hayes
Claire Rochelle .... Madge Grant
Charles Le Moyne .... Mace
W.E. Lawrence .... Cole
Robert Adair .... Biggers, a dude
Mary Cherrington .... Mrs. Mills, old maid
Oliver Eckhardt .... Mr. Hilton
Mary Mersch .... Mrs. Mills
Buck Moulton .... Sam
Allan Sears .... Madden cohort
Rudy Sooter .... Bass player
Blackjack Ward .... Cole henchman
Frank Yaconelli .... Band leader

CREDITS:
Studio: Universal
Director: Lesley Selander (imdb)
Writing Credits: Screenplay by Frances Guihan, adapted from a story by Cherry Wilson
Format: Sound - black & white
Cinematography: Herbert Kirkpatrick and Allen Thompson
Production dates: August 26 - September 2, 1936
Running Time: 67 minutes
Release Date: December 20, 1936
Country of Origin: United States

Alternate Titles:   Vyprázdnit sedla (Czechoslovakia); Cowboyens hvilehjem (Denmark; premiered on May 15, 1939 at the Vesterbro); Puste siodla (Poland)

STORY SYNOPSIS:
Buck Devlin purchases the deserted ranch called Empty Saddles, a former battleground between sheep and cattle ranchers, with the idea of making it into a dude ranch. Cimarron White, who had been the foreman for the previous owners of the ranch, hires on as forman for Buck. Swap Boone, a travelling peddler, and his daughter Boots help Buck fix up the ranch, and it is soon filled with Eastern tourists, including Jim Grant and his daughter Madge. To give the guests a thrill, Buck stages a mock fight re-enacting the earlier range feud. It quickly turns real when the hired men are replaced by actual sheep ranchers and several of Buck's men are killed. Buck learns that the sheepmen, who have sworn vengeance on anyone buying the ranch, are prevented from taking it over themselves because of an organization of cattlemen called the Lobos. After their initial plan fails, the sheeprnen plan to kidnap Madge and hold her for ransom. Boots overhears the plotters and at risk to her own life, warns Buck. Cimarron recognizes Girant as the former owner of the ranch, who is now the head of the Lobos. He joins with Buck and together they round up the outlaws. Buck finally realizes that Boots is in love with him and proposes to her just in time to prevent her from traveling East with the Grants.

 

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