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Ride Lonesome (1959)

Not Rated | | Drama, Western | 15 February 1959 (USA)
A bounty hunter escorts a killer to be tried for murder, but allows the man's outlaw brother to catch up with them to have a showdown over a previous shocking murder.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writer:

Burt Kennedy
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Ben Brigade
Karen Steele ... Mrs. Carrie Lane
Pernell Roberts ... Sam Boone
James Best ... Billy John
Lee Van Cleef ... Frank
James Coburn ... Whit
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Storyline

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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Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf eigene Faust See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Film debut of James Coburn. See more »

Goofs

The Apache attack at the ruins starts with 9 or 10 Indians on horseback, it changes with different shots. Randolph and his party shoot and drop at least 5 of the attackers and yet 7 ride away when they give up. See more »

Quotes

Sam Boone: [after the Mescalero chief is killed] Sure beats all, don't it? What a man'll put himself through to get his hands on a woman. Can't say as I blame him, though.
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Colorful and good Western , well played, and compellingly directed by Budd Boetticher
27 September 2018 | by ma-cortesSee all my reviews

A bounty hunter, Randolph Scott, escorts a killer, James Best, to be tried for murder. The murderer was worth 5000 dollars alive or dead but he was easier to bring in dead. This is the man called Brigade, Scott , hot as the revenge that drove him , hated by the woman he saved , a white woman he was going to keep against the savage Indians who are surrounding them . Along the trail he meets two outlaws, Pernell Roberts, James Coburn, and a gorgeous widow, Karen Steele , and all of them are pursued by the nasty Lee Van Cleef who is planning an ambush.

This is a nice western , a well-done example of a B movie with fine interpretations, acceptable production design, glimmering photography and enjoyable outdoors. Interesting and engaging screenplay , including attractive characters and thrilling plot . Stars the great Randolph Scott that brings a new kind of adventurer and bounty hunter to the screen, he is looking for a murderer, but it is not just the reward, as he hopes the kiler wil lead him to the man who killed Scott's spouse. Support cast is frankly good as Pernell Roberts and James Coburn play two bandits who hope if they capture the killer they will get a pardon . The explosive Karen Steele plays the pretty widow. And Lee Van Cleef, pre-Sergio Leone , performs perfectly his ordinary baddie role.

It contains a colorful and shimmering cinematography in CinemaScope by Charles Lang Jr and techical consultant by Henry Jaffa. As well as an evocative and thrilling musical score. The motion picture was well produced by Ranown and professionally directed by Budd Boetticher in his usual style.He directed a lot of Western, most of them written by Burt Kennedy, being exhibited by Columbia Pictures . Along with Randolph Scott and Harry Joe Brown formed a production company ,Ranown, financing several Westerns. At the beginning Budd worked for Universal International directing Westerns as Wolf hunters, Cimarron kid, Bronco Buster, Horizons West, Seminole, The man from the Alamo, Wings of the hawk . In 1956 he directed a B production for Batjac titled 7 men from now. In 1957 made The Tall T with his production company, following Decision at sundown, Buchanan rides alone, Ride lonesome, Comanche station, Westbound. Finally, Budd wrote the script of Two mules for Sister Sara by Donal Siegel and directed in 1969 A time of dying produced by Audie Murphy. Rating : Better than average 7 out of 10. The picture will appeal to Randolph Scott fans and Western lovers


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