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Ride Lonesome (1959)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Western  |  15 February 1959 (USA)
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A bounty hunter escorts a killer to town to be hanged, but is allowing the man's outlaw brother to catch up with him, for a showdown over a shocking previous murder.

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Ben Brigade
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Billy John
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A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager's wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely. However, the Indian attacks persist, the outlaws plan to take Billy for themselves, tempted by the offer of amnesty for his captor, and Billy's brother Frank is in hot pursuit to rescue him. But Brigade has plans of his own ... Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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15 February 1959 (USA)  »

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Auf eigene Faust  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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Film debut of James Coburn. See more »

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Bra straps are seen through Mrs Lane's shirt when Brigade tries to negotiate with the Indian, and in a later scene at the abandoned corrals. See more »

Quotes

Whit: When are we gonna do Brigade?
Sam Boone: Soon.
Whit: I been thinkin'. He ain't a man you can go straight at. Now, me and you, we're gonna hafta figure a plan. Some way to get him between us.
Sam Boone: Can't kill a man like Brigade from behind.
Whit: We could stand off! I don't hold to endin' a man with a long gun...
Sam Boone: [Boone cuts him off] Don't worry, Whit. Time comes, I'll take care of it.
Whit: Hope so. Hate to see you lose your place up Socorro way. Be mighty proud to work for you.
Sam Boone: WORK for me?
Whit: Well, I plowed when I was young... ...
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A great western!
4 March 2001 | by (Los Angeles, Calif.) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent movie, but beware seeing it unless it's shown in its proper CinemaScope aspect ratio. One of the best in a series of westerns starring Randolph Scott, directed by Budd Boetticher, and written by Burt Kennedy, this is a taut, actionful, and humorous motion picture. The stories are all pretty much the same in these movies: Scott is seeking revenge for the murder of his wife, or some such variation. He meets up with a very likable villain who runs around with a couple of young guns, and eventually they shoot it out. The villains were usually played by future stars and their rapport with the Scott character is always entertaining.

Boetticher is one of the great directors of westerns, employing a spare style that stresses the beautiful emptiness of the landscape, making it into an arena for the shifting alliances among his characters. And Kennedy is one of the great writers of western dialogue. I wasn't around in the 1870s, but hey, it FEELS and SOUNDS real! See this movie, even if you think you hate westerns and think they're all the same!

They're not. And this is one of the best.


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