Rancho Notorious (1952)
Rancho Notorious (1952)
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In this film, frontiersman Arthur Kennedy wanders throughout the West in search of the men who raped and murdered his sweetheart. He is told that he'll probably find the culprits at Chuck-a-Luck, a combination horse ranch and criminal hideout overseen by saloon chanteuse Marlene Dietrich.
as Altar Keane
as Frenchy Fairmont
as Vern Haskell
as Baldy Gunder
as Chuck-a-Luck Dealer
as Comanche Paul
as Deputy Warren
as Mexican girl in bar
as Sheriff Hardy
as Ace Maguire
as Sheriff Bullock
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Critic Reviews for Rancho Notorious
Rancho Notorious is strange. Peculiar. Outrageous. Utterly distinctive.
There is a distinct hokeyness about Lang's vision of the West--pancake-flat sets in a generic studio-backlot Western town; giant, abstract crab-colored boulders made out of papier-mache, brazenly unnaturalistic stage-lighting--but it's the ardent phoneyne
Audience Reviews for Rancho Notorious
Good western with a most unexpected leading lady. Predating Johnny Guitar by two years this film echoes that with its female lead being the ringleader of a tough mob but doesn't have that movies atmosphere or strong female counterpart. What it does have is Marlene holding center stage as only she could and a pair of capable costars in Mel Ferrer and the always terrific Arthur Kennedy..
it's not a bad film but it's not as much fun as destry rides again or the very similarly themed johnny guitar. also that 'chuck-a-luck' song got really annoying. i like arthur kennedy alright but he's a bit blah here and at 51 marlene is pushing it. i guess i just expected more from lang. obviously westerns weren't his strong suit
60/100. You would think the combination of Lang and Marlene Dietrich would be amazing, but this is my fourth viewing of the film over a 35 year period, and not once was I impressed with this movie. The score is a little overbearing and it just rarely rises above an ordinary western from the 1950's. I was disappointed in the art direction, the sets looked very obvious to me. It's a fair story given an okay treatment. I am in the minority on this one, but the film to me went from one cliche to another. Arthur Kennedy is a bland choice and lacks the fire needed for the role. Certainly it has some good visuals, so at least one of Fritz Lang's trademark touches came through.
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