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Director:
Writers:
Charles Lang (screenplay)
Jonas Ward (novel)
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Release Date:
1 August 1958 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
DOUBLE HANGING -- DOUBLE THRILLS! (original print ad - all caps)
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Likeable, good-humoured B-movie See more (25 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Randolph Scott ... 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

L.Q. Jones ... Pecos Hill
Robert Anderson ... Waldo Peck
Joe De Santis ... Esteban Gomez
William Leslie ... Roy Agry
Jennifer Holden ... K.T.
Nacho Galindo ... Nacho
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Richard Alexander ... Barfly (uncredited)
Bill Coontz ... Townsman (uncredited)
Duke Fishman ... Townsman (uncredited)
Terry Frost ... Jury Foreman (uncredited)
Don C. Harvey ... Lafe (uncredited)
Riley Hill ... Juror (uncredited)
Barbara James ... Nina (uncredited)

Roy Jenson ... Hamp (uncredited)
James B. Leong ... Gomez's Friend (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... Juror (uncredited)
Leo Ogletree ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Frank J. Scannell ... Saloon Gambler (uncredited)
Al Wyatt Sr. ... Ivy (uncredited)

Directed by
Budd Boetticher 
 
Writing credits
Charles Lang (screenplay)

Jonas Ward (novel "The Name's Buchanan")

Burt Kennedy  uncredited

Produced by
Harry Joe Brown .... producer
Randolph Scott .... associate producer
 
Cinematography by
Lucien Ballard (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
 
Art Direction by
Robert F. Boyle  (as Robert Boyle)
 
Set Decoration by
Frank Tuttle  (as Frank A. Tuttle)
 
Makeup Department
Al Greenway .... makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerrold Bernstein .... assistant director
John D. Bloss .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John P. Livadary .... recording supervisor (as John Livadary)
Jean G. Valentino .... sound (as Jean Valentino)
Harry Foy .... sound recordist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Al Wyatt Sr. .... stunts (uncredited)
Jack N. Young .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Al Becker .... head grip (uncredited)
Marvin L. Gunter .... camera assistant (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Homer Van Pelt .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bucky Rous .... costumer: men (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Henri Jaffa .... color consultant
 
Music Department
Mischa Bakaleinikoff .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
George Duning .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Heinz Roemheld .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Sawtell .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Breen .... assistant to producer
Jackson Halliday .... dialogue coach (uncredited)
Frances McDowell .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Vlademere Portainko .... assistant to producer (uncredited)
 
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Also Known As:
"The Name's Buchanan" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
78 min
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Color:
Color (Columbia Color)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Certification:
Australia:X | Finland:K-16 | Sweden:15 | UK:U (passed with cuts) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #19031) | West Germany:12

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Audio/visual unsynchronized: After the climactic gunfight, with bodies all over the place, Craig Stevens is heard saying to Peter Whitney, "Don't just stand there, Amos, go get a shovel." But one can clearly see Stevens say, "...go get a spade".See more »
Quotes:
[Pecos speaks over Lafe's grave]
Pecos Hill:Lafe, you and me worked for Lou Agry for nearly a year, and though I don't guess we was ever real buddies, I'm sorry it was me who stopped your clock. You had your good side, Lafe, but you had your bad side, too. Well... like cheatin' at stud and emptying my pockets whenever I got drunk...
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13 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Likeable, good-humoured B-movie, 5 February 2002
Author: Igenlode Wordsmith from England

Perhaps the only really unjustified feature of this Western is the title. They should have kept the original, "The name's Buchanan" - a line which crops up sufficiently often in the first five minutes to verge on becoming a catchphrase for the title character. One thing Buchanan *doesn't* do is ride alone. For a cowboy hero - particularly one played by Randolph Scott! - he's an unusually cheerful and sociable type, who picks up friends and allies almost everywhere he goes. I don't believe I've ever seen Randolph Scott smile so much in all the rest of his films put together - and it has much the same shock value as a grin on the face of Leonard Nimoy.

But it's mainly the humour that sets this film apart from a hundred other unpretentious B-Westerns. The plot twists don't hurt, either. This slender piece bears as many stings in the tail as the final chapters of a Hercule Poirot mystery. Tables are turned by one side upon the other so often that it verges upon the ridiculous; a point milked to wry appreciation by the script. The other interesting point is that Buchanan himself has little influence over the course of events. He merely (albeit adroitly) rides the tide, as the bickering Agry brothers provide the main engine for the plot. This film is far less of a one-man star vehicle than many Westerns of its era. To a degree, it might even be suspected of spoofing the genre.

I spotted only one technical blooper: as the sheriff(?) leaves the jail after demanding the keys, the far side of the street, for one brief aberrant moment, appears to consist of red-brick houses with paned-glass windows! Young de la Vega's horse really is a beautiful animal, on the other hand - the beast fully bears out the script's claim that the de la Vega horses are some of the best-bred in the country. Judging by the stunts, it was also presumably a trained performer - I wonder what its 'day job' was? :-)

To summarise: a cheerful, swift-moving Western with a touch of dry humour that helps it to stand out among a host of other B-movies. If you've watched 'Unforgiven' too many times, until your guts feel like treacle - if you can't take one more coarse joke from 'Blazing Saddles' - then try 'Buchanan' for a breath of fresh air, and watch Randolph Scott for once in his life having fun!

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