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Rancho Notorious (1952)

Approved | | Western | 12 May 1952 (UK)
After the murder of his fiancée, a Wyoming ranch hand sets out to find her killer.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Daniel Taradash (screenplay), Silvia Richards (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Altar Keane
Arthur Kennedy ... Vern Haskell
Mel Ferrer ... Frenchy Fairmont
Gloria Henry ... Beth Forbes
William Frawley ... Baldy Gunder
Lisa Ferraday ... Maxine
John Raven John Raven ... Chuck-a-Luck Dealer
Jack Elam ... Mort Geary
George Reeves ... Wilson
Frank Ferguson ... Preacher
Francis McDonald ... Harbin
Dan Seymour ... Comanche Paul
John Kellogg ... Jeff Factor
Rodd Redwing ... Rio (as Rodric Redwing)
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Storyline

A western based on the story "Gunsight Whitman" by Silvia Richards. Vern Haskell, a nice rancher, seeks out to avenge his fiancé's death when she is killed during a robbery. His revenge leads him to Chuck-a-luck, Altar Keane's ranch set up to hide criminals, and he finds more than he bargains for. Written by Andre'a M. Thompson <athompso@ziggy.st.hmc.edu>

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Where anything goes...for a price! See more »

Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuck-a-Luck See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Cinematographer Hal Mohr, who had previously photographed Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides Again (1939), attempted to resign from the film due to Dietrich's insistence that he use lighting to make her look much younger than she was, and Mohr didn't think it was possible to make her look as young as she wanted him to. See more »

Goofs

Ken Darby is given screen credit for the music and lyrics to "Gypsy Davey". In reality, "Gypsy Davey" is a folk song from the Scottish/Irish tradition that dates back to the 18th century. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vern Haskell: [after the opening title song ends with the line, "the old, old story of hate, murder, and revenge," breaking away from a kiss] There's nothing like that to make a man feel agreeable.
Beth Forbes: Especially in the middle of the day. Why'd you come in town?
Vern Haskell: To kiss you.
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Referenced in Blaze of Glory: Mel Brooks' Wild, Wild West (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Gypsy Davey
Music and Lyrics by Ken Darby
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enjoyable and well-paced unconventional western
15 September 2005 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

I'm not a Marlene Dietrich fan and don't really see Arthur Kennedy as being charismatic enough to interest her, and am not usually keen on background ballads, but I enjoyed this film from beginning to end.

Director Fritz Lang keeps the pace lively and brightens up the generally sombre mood with a couple of light-hearted sequences - first the "horse-race" with saloon girls riding cowboys and then the crooked politicians awaiting their fate in gaol.

"Variety" Film Guide calls the plot "corny", but it's no more so than many other films of the 1950s, or indeed of any other decade, and it's different to most Westerns of the period. And for those times it's also relatively direct in its treatment of sex; we are left in no doubt that Kennedy's fiancée has been raped and that the man Kennedy suspects of the assault is obviously out for what he can get from women.

One is not told how Kennedy acquires his gun-fighting skills - at the beginning a posse member points out his lack of these. The only weakness are a couple of "outdoor" scenes obviously filmed in the studio, where the rock formations are eye-catchingly unrealistic.

The acting is generally good, with Kennedy doing well as the grief- stricken hero seeking revenge and Mel Ferrer showing screen-presence as the slightly sinister and somewhat sensitive fast gun.


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