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
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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 »
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 »
[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.
Especially in the middle of the day. Why'd you come in town?
To kiss you.
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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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