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Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)

 -  Drama | Western  -  1 August 1958 (USA)
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Texan Tom Buchanan is heading back home with enough money to start his own ranch, but when he stops in the crooked town of Agry, he's robbed and framed for murder.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Tom Buchanan
Craig Stevens ...
Abe Carbo
Barry Kelley ...
Lew Agry
Tol Avery ...
Judge Simon Agry
Peter Whitney ...
Amos Agry
Manuel Rojas ...
Juan de la Vega
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Pecos Hill
Robert Anderson ...
Waldo Peck
Joe De Santis ...
Esteban Gomez
William Leslie ...
Roy Agry
Jennifer Holden ...
K.T.
Nacho Galindo ...
Nacho
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Storyline

On his way home to West Texas, Tom Buchanan rides into the Californian border town of Agry, and into a feud between several members of the Agry family. In helping out a Mexican seeking revenge on one of them, Buchanan finds himself against the whole family. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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DOUBLE HANGING -- DOUBLE THRILLS! (original print ad - all caps)

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Drama | Western

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1 August 1958 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Name's Buchanan  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Columbia Color)

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1.85 : 1
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Obviously oscillating shadows in 3 successive scenes (all looking south) indicate poor continuity. As Juan de la Vega rides into town toward the Agry Saloon the shadows are toward the right indicating a morning shot. Right after Roy Agry is shot by Juan, the Sheriff and his men are seen running across the street toward the saloon; this time shadows are to the left (an afternoon shot) and there are clouds visible. A moment later Juan is shown running out of the Saloon and the shadows have switched back to the right (morning shot) and the sky has cleared up. See more »

Quotes

Judge Simon Agry: We get enough drifters coming across the border with nothing in their pockets. I wou;dn't linger in Agry Town if I was you.
Tom Buchanan: I ain't gonna linger no place until I get back where I belong.
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There's Aggro In Agry.
30 June 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Making his way home to Texas, Tom Buchanan stops off at the little town of Agry for rest and refreshments. Quickly finding that the town is run by the family Agry itself, Buchanan falls foul of one of them straight away. His problems are further compounded when he steps in to stop a young Mexican from taking a beating. Something that finds him on the end of a rope with things looking rather grim.

How you fare with Buchanan Rides Alone may depend on how many (if any) Budd Boetticher and Randolph Scott collaborations you have seen prior. For this adaptation of Jonas Ward's novel "The Name's Buchanan" is lighter in tone than their other well regarded pieces. Not to decry this as a standalone picture of course, but although it's part of the "Ranown" cycle, it's a long way from the more "Adult Western" richness of The Tall T, Ride Lonesome and Comanche Station for example. Conversely the other way is also true, if this is the first one you sample from the duo, and you enjoy it, well you may not take to the deeper themed, harsher other films in their cannon.

Buchanan Rides Alone gets in a does a job without any fuss or boring filler play. Randolph Scott as Buchanan clearly is enjoying adding a bit of comic zip to proceedings, with Boetticher evidently happy to keep things smooth for the one hour and twenty minutes running time. Fine support comes from Barry Kelley, Tol Avery and the irrepressible L.Q. Jones, whilst Lucien Ballard was the obvious and right choice to photograph the Old Tuscon location. Not one to take too seriously, but enough drama to keep one interested, and certainly one that gives notice to what a fine and undervalued performer Randy Scott was. 6.5/10


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