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In the preface to director Andre De Toth's autobiography, French director Bertrand Tavernier mentions a controversial ending to Man in the Saddle, in which the character played by Randolph Scott, "Owen Merritt," repeatedly shoots Alexander Knox's character, "Will Isham." Tavernier stated that Scott was reluctant to do the scene. However, there is no indication in the film's production file, or the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, that a second ending was filmed. It is likely that Tavernier confused the ending with the scene in which "Isham" kills "Hugh Clagg." The film marked the debut of singer "Tennessee" Ernie Ford, who makes a brief appearance singing the title song around a camp fire.