Rancho Notorious (1952)
Average Rating: 7.7/10
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Release Date: Mar 1, 1952 Limited
Average Rating: 3.5/5
User Ratings: 956
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
Mar 1, 1952 Limited
I. Stanford Jolley
Mexican girl in bar
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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
Because the small budget kept Lang sequestered on the studio lot, he found a way to use the sets for their claustrophobic, caged feel.
Cool, way ahead of its day western with Dietrich and her band of baddies.
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