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Rancho Notorious

Rancho Notorious (1952)

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Release Date: Mar 1, 1952 Limited

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The original title for Rancho Notorious was Chuck-a-Luck, which is also the title of the soundtrack ballad (written by Ken Darby) which unifies the plotline, à la High Noon. Frontiersman Vern Haskell (Arthur Kennedy) wanders throughout the West in search of the man who robbed and murdered his fiancée. 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 Altar Keane (Marlene Dietrich). To gain entrance to

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Western, Drama

Silvia Richards, Daniel Taradash

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All Critics (15) | Top Critics (4) | Fresh (10) | Rotten (0) | DVD (3)

Rancho Notorious is strange. Peculiar. Outrageous. Utterly distinctive.

October 22, 2011 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

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

August 8, 2009 Full Review Source: Not Coming to a Theater Near You
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

Because the small budget kept Lang sequestered on the studio lot, he found a way to use the sets for their claustrophobic, caged feel.

May 26, 2006 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid
Combustible Celluloid

Remarkable Western with a wild mix of themes and styles

August 13, 2005 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Cool, way ahead of its day western with Dietrich and her band of baddies.

October 16, 2004
Kansas City Kansan

A masterpiece.

December 31, 2002
San Francisco Examiner

It's Lang's last Western and one that covers again the themes he successfully used in his noir films...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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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..
July 30, 2013
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jay nixon

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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
October 20, 2010
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Stella Dallas

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