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Rancho Notorious (1952)

Approved | | Western | 12 May 1952 (UK)
After the murder of his fiancée, a Wyoming ranch hand sets out to find her killer.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Daniel Taradash (screenplay), Silvia Richards (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Altar Keane
Arthur Kennedy ... Vern Haskell
Mel Ferrer ... Frenchy Fairmont
Gloria Henry ... Beth Forbes
William Frawley ... Baldy Gunder
Lisa Ferraday ... Maxine
John Raven John Raven ... Chuck-a-Luck Dealer
Jack Elam ... Mort Geary
George Reeves ... Wilson
Frank Ferguson ... Preacher
Francis McDonald ... Harbin
Dan Seymour ... Comanche Paul
John Kellogg ... Jeff Factor
Rodd Redwing ... 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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She runs the West's strangest hideout... a ranch where a guest can hide his crime... quench his thirst... betray a woman... and knife a man in the back... for a price! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Trivia

Cinematographer Hal Mohr, who had previously photographed Marlene Dietrich in Destry Rides Again (1939), attempted to resign from the film due to 50-year old Dietrich's insistence that he use lighting to make her look much younger than she actually was, and Mohr didn't think it was possible to make her look as young as she wanted him to. See more »

Goofs

Ken Darby is given screen credit for the music and lyrics to "Gypsy Davey". In reality, "Gypsy Davey" is a folk song from the Scottish/Irish tradition that dates back to the 18th century. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vern Haskell: [after the opening title song ends with the line, "the old, old story of hate, murder, and revenge," breaking away from a kiss] There's nothing like that to make a man feel agreeable.
Beth Forbes: Especially in the middle of the day. Why'd you come in town?
Vern Haskell: To kiss you.
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Connections

Referenced in Les sièges de l'Alcazar (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Get Away Young Man
Music and Lyrics by Ken Darby
Sung by Marlene Dietrich (uncredited)
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Chuck-O-Luck
18 January 2002 | by dcshannoSee all my reviews

First of all, the word "noir" is thrown around much too carelessly, so let's be clear: This is a Western. Pure and simple. In fact it's a pretty bad Western, really, but somehow it manages to be a lot of fun. You've got Marlene Dietrich a little past her prime with plucked and painted eyebrows that leave her facial expression in a perpetual state of surprise. There's a gunslinger named "Frenchy Fairmont," and a warbly sung narrative song throughout reminding us that this is a tale of murder and revenge. I especially liked the line (I don't remember it exactly) spoken by a doctor who rattles off a list of a cowboy's injuries and sums up by saying, "So, really, he's pretty dead."

"Rancho Notorious" isn't one of the genre's better entries, but see it some time just for its entertainment value.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuck-a-Luck See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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