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Rancho Notorious (1952)

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

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Vern Haskell
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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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Mistress of the West's strangest hideout... a ranch where anything goes! This woman lives... and rules... in a daring way all her own! See more »

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Chuck-a-Luck  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lloyd Gough's name was removed from the credits due to his being blacklisted during the McCarthy "Red Scare" that swept Hollywood in the 1950s. See more »

Goofs

When Altar and Frenchy argue about her going away, the close up shows them with shoulders in parallel. After the cut to medium, her left shoulder is instantly pressed against his chest. See more »

Quotes

Altar Keane: Go away and come back ten years ago.
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Connections

Spoofed in Blazing Saddles (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Away Young Man
Music and Lyrics by Ken Darby
Sung by Marlene Dietrich (uncredited)
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Despite rich Technicolor and a heated performance from Dietrich...a mediocre western
29 July 2010 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

A honest rancher, palming himself off as an outlaw to gain acceptance into a fraternal haven of gangsters hiding out in the sticks, is only after the varmint who murdered his fiancée--but ends up feeling a strong sexual attraction to the woman who runs the Chuck-a-Luck, a former saloon hostess with a colorful reputation. Fritz Lang-directed western was plagued with problems (both during the production and after), although Marlene Dietrich--allegedly the cause of most of the on-set turmoil--gives a must-see performance as the notorious Altar Keane ("They even named a railroad car after her!"). Throaty, sensuous, and no-nonsense, Dietrich is willing to go all the way with this role, and one can practically feel the binds holding her back. Arthur Kennedy is better than usual as the newcomer to Dietrich's brood of happy killers and robbers (he and Marlene have palpable chemistry), but Mel Ferrer is stiff and unsure as suave outlaw Frenchy Fairmont (the cartoonish name doesn't match the actor playing the role). The deep, mellow colors are beautiful, and yet the Technicolor cinematography heightens the artificiality of the indoor sets. Not a great picture, and one that is prodded along by a laughably corny folk ballad, though Lang does manage to come up with a few fresh twists on the genre and the supporting players are solid. ** from ****


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