Rancho Notorious (1952)

Rancho Notorious

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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.

Rating: PG
Genre: Western, Drama
Directed By:
Written By: Silvia Richards, Daniel Taradash
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Cast


as Altar Keane

as Vern Haskell

as Frenchy Fairmont

as Baldy Gunder

as Geary

as Wilson

as Preacher

as Chuck-a-Luck Dealer

as Comanche Paul

as Gonzales

as Deputy Warren

as Whitey

as Mexican girl in bar

as Politician

as Sheriff Hardy

as Barber

as Ace Maguire

as Deputy

as Storyteller

as Sheriff Bullock
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Critic Reviews for Rancho Notorious

All Critics (14) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 22, 2011
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

Full Review… | August 8, 2009
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Audience Reviews for Rancho Notorious

½

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..

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jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

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

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Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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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James Higgins

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