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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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Chuck-a-Luck Dealer
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Mort Geary
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Comanche Paul
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Jeff Factor
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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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Chuck-a-Luck  »

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$900,000 (estimated)
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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although Arthur Kennedy was playing a young man, he was actually three years older than Mel Ferrer. 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: [Her birthday is tomorrow] Don't ask how old I'll be tomorrow, or I'll ask you.
Frenchy Fairmont: Does another year bother you?
Altar Keane: Every year's a threat to a woman.
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Featured in That's Action (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Legend of Chuck-A-Luck
Music and Lyrics by Ken Darby
Ballad Sung by Bill Lee (as William Lee)
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An under-valued classic
28 February 2006 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

Fritz Lang's superlative western teeters dangerously on the edge of campness, (it's that infernal 'Legend of Chuck-a-Luck' ballad pounding away on the soundtrack, continually reminding us that this is a tale of 'hate ... murder and revenge'). Then, of course, there is that great gay icon Marlene Dietrich, looking extraordinary at fifty one as Altar Keane, boss of the outlaw hideout Chuck-a-Luck where Arthur Kennedy comes seeking the man who killed his girl in a robbery. In many respects the film is a perfect companion to Nicholas Ray's not dissimilar "Johnny Guitar", made around the same time and both featuring dominant women and weaker men and both dealing explicitly with 'hate, murder and revenge'.

This is a very tight piece of work, thematically dense and psychologically astute and directed by Lang in a truly classical style. It affords all the pleasures that a really good western should while still falling perfectly within a milieu recognizable from many of Lang's American works. "Johnny Guitar's" veiled lesbianism together with Nicholas Ray's growing reputation may have given it the edge but this, too, is a remarkable film, an essential work by one of the cinema's greatest directors.


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