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Buchanan Rides Alone (1958)

Approved | | Drama, Western | 1 August 1958 (USA)
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

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Tom Buchanan
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Abe Carbo
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Lew Agry
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Judge Simon Agry
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Amos Agry
Manuel Rojas ...
Juan de la Vega
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Pecos Hill (as L. Q. Jones)
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Waldo Peck
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Esteban Gomez
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Roy Agry
Jennifer Holden ...
K.T.
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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)  »

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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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The story is supposed to be set in the California border town of Agry but the landscape is populated with the Sahauro cactus which only exist north of the Mexican border in the Sonoran Desert where it extends into Southern Arizona and the very distinctive jagged volcanic peaks of the Tucson Mountains are ever present in the background. See more »

Quotes

Judge Simon Agry: We get enough drifters coming across the border with nothing in their pockets. I wouldn'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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Featured in Budd Boetticher: A Man Can Do That (2005) See more »

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Uneven R. Scott Western
27 May 2010 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

This is a minor entry in the Randolph Scott canon - Sometimes I wonder if Budd Boetticher is slightly overrated as a Director and 'Buchanan Rides Alone' just reinforces my idea.

I am a big Randolph Scott fan and I always thought he was the very model of a modern major western hero so I have no complaint on that score - love his pictures. Here he was his usual rugged, affable self and was surrounded by a good supporting cast; Tol Avery, Barry Kelley, Peter Whitney - in fact, the only one who seemed out of place was Craig Stevens, sporting his Ivy league look and demeanor.

I think the problem was the plot. Often plots of westerns are too thin but this one had oodles of plot, enough for 2 pictures and bordered on the film-noir genre. I felt it weighed on the pace of the film, although in the process it made the characters 3-dimensional - western characters are normally not this well-defined. I also have a problem with squeaky-clean western types and I don't feel this adds to the authenticity of a western. On the contrary, they often wore the same clothes for days on end.

I had seen this picture when it first came out when I was a teenager and rolled with it better than when I recently saw it. Funny how being a grown-up can ruin one's perspective. I still gave it a rating of 6 - Randy, you're still my guy.


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