Ride Lonesome Reviews
A bounty hunter and a young woman he encountered along the way are escorting a young man into town to be hanged. They are pursued by the young man's older brother. The young man, the older brother, and the bounty hunter seem to have a past that remains a secret to the young woman. The bounty hunter seems to be taking his time, not worrying about the pursuing brother at all. As the brother gains ground, a shootout and confrontation that explains their past unfolds.
"I don't know how much they're paying you to bring me in, but it's not enough. Not nearly enough."
Budd Boetticher, director of Bronco Buster, Bullfighter and the Lady, The Cimarron Kid, The Magnificent Matador, Comanche Station, and A Time for Dying, delivers Ride Lonesome. The storyline for this picture is surprisingly good and the characters were fascinating and wonderfully delivered. The script and action sequences were both perfect and the film was brilliantly paced. The cast delivers wonderful performances and includes Lee Van Cleef, Randolph Scott, Pernell Roberts, James Coburn, and Karen Steele.
"I shot myself in the leg once."
I DVR'd this picture because it starred the infamous Lee Van Cleef, one of my all time favorite western actors. He actually wasn't in this movie very much, but the main and supporting characters were awesome and I adored how the story unfolded and the ultimate conclusion. Overall, this is an underrated, epic western that is a must see for fans of the genre.
"I have no more use for him."
Grade: B+/A- (8.5)
Randolph Scott is a bounty hunter who sets out to capture A wanted murderer, Billy John, however all does not go to plan, soon he is joined by two outlaws he enlists the help continue his journey to Santa Cruz to take Billy John to be hanged.
Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the life of the stunning Karen Steele,Mrs. Carrie Lane from an Indian attack,
Indian attacks contiue, and they offer a horse for Mrs.Carrie Lane , this is refused so the Indians persist, also Billy Johns brother it following them to rescue his younger brother.
On top of that Pernell Roberts has fallen for the stunning Mrs Lane, a very enjoyable film,well acted and enough going on to keep the weakest western fan happy.
(1959) Ride Lonesome
Because the first time I had watched this film, I was completely oblivious of what the plot was going to be (except that I was in the mood to watch a Western), the only thing I'm going to say is that it's a ADULT WESTERN with a dab of mystery and suspense!!!! Of what I mean by ADULT is because it takes a little intelligence to go through the plot, since this film offers hardly any physical or actual action but alot of tension and bonding. This is not your typical John Wayne Western where physical gunfights are always expcted to happen!! This is a very well made subtle Western with easy going tension and mystery which soon reveals itself about questionable actions by Ben Brigade played by Randolph Scott.
It is also number six of seven Westerns Randolph Scott did with director Budd Boetticher. The others include starting with "Seven Men From Now", "The Tall T", "Decision at Sundown", "Buchanan Rides Alone", "Westbound" and "Comanche Station". Also starring Pernell Roberts first solid movie gig before going in to star in the hit show Bonanza. As well it is also James Coburn's first starring film role as Whit!!!