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Ride, Vaquero! (1953)

Passed | | Romance, Western | 17 July 1953 (USA)
Two outlaws, Rio and Esqueda, raised together as stepbrothers, have a showdown over the issue of whether to evict new settlers from their territory.

Director:

John Farrow

Writer:

Frank Fenton (screen play)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Rio
Ava Gardner ... Cordelia Cameron
Howard Keel ... King Cameron
Anthony Quinn ... José Esqueda
Kurt Kasznar ... Father Antonio
Ted de Corsia ... Sheriff Parker
Charlita Charlita ... Singer
Jack Elam ... Barton
Walter Baldwin ... Adam Smith
Joe Dominguez Joe Dominguez ... Vincente
Frank McGrath ... Pete
Charles Stevens ... Vaquero
Rex Lease ... Deputy
Tom Greenway Tom Greenway ... Deputy
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Storyline

Esqueda, an outlaw, attempts to force settlers King and Cordelia Cameron out of his territory. Esqueda's mother raised Rio as her own. Rio has loyalty to Esqueda but also feels the settlers should be able to stay. A showdown between the two raised as brothers is unavoidable. Written by <crj1@cornell.edu>

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The Outlaw And The Beauty! See more »

Genres:

Romance | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

17 July 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Bela e o Renegado See more »

Filming Locations:

Sky Valley, Utah, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,128,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Anscocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to Mia Farrow's book, "What Falls Away", her father John Farrow and Ava Gardner were having an affair during filming in 1953. Mia married Gardner's ex-husband Frank Sinatra in 1966. See more »

Goofs

When Jose throws a knife closely past Barton's head, the knife zips past Jose before his arm finishes the throwing motion. This is probably because the knife was either mechanically propelled or thrown by an off-screen expert to make the stunt safer than it would be if the actor had thrown the knife. See more »

Quotes

Jose Esqueda: Can you imagine a smile on Barton's face?
Rio: It's the only place where a smile could be ugly.
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Referenced in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968) See more »

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excellent western about conflicting feelings
14 August 2005 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

By keeping quiet, speaking only when necessary Robert Taylor as Rio gives one of his best performances. All through the film you try to guess what he is thinking. He was adopted by the mother of Esqueda (Anthony Quinn) and Quinn loves and respects him. The real surprise is Howard Keel, who only used to do musicals, coming out so well as King Cameron, a man who is obstinate about building a cattle empire. Cameron is married to Cordelia (Ava Gardner) and as soon as she arrives in a river boat, and they go to their ranch, trouble starts because it has been burnt by Esqueda. Why did Esqueda do it? Because he knows that if he allows anybody to do well in business in that area, others will come and eventually he, who is a bandit will have to run away or be hanged. Quinn is great as Esqueda, just that makes the film worth seeing. Taylor, who was the second man to Quinn in the gang, eventually leaves him to help Keel, because deep down he knows his brother is becoming a crazy monster and unconsciously he is in love with Ava. But when she kisses him, he slaps her because he knows it is wrong. He is a torn man, with all those feelings and not knowing exactly what to do about it. Excellent film, not to be missed.


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