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Rancho Notorious (1952)

Approved | | Western | 12 May 1952 (UK)
After the murder of his fiancée, a Wyoming ranch hand sets out to find her killer.

Director:

Fritz Lang

Writers:

Daniel Taradash (screenplay), Silvia Richards (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Marlene Dietrich ... Altar Keane
Arthur Kennedy ... Vern Haskell
Mel Ferrer ... Frenchy Fairmont
Gloria Henry ... Beth Forbes
William Frawley ... Baldy Gunder
Lisa Ferraday ... Maxine
John Raven John Raven ... Chuck-a-Luck Dealer
Jack Elam ... Mort Geary
George Reeves ... Wilson
Frank Ferguson ... Preacher
Francis McDonald ... Harbin
Dan Seymour ... Comanche Paul
John Kellogg ... Jeff Factor
Rodd Redwing ... Rio (as Rodric Redwing)
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Storyline

A western based on the story "Gunsight Whitman" by Silvia Richards. Vern Haskell, a nice rancher, seeks out to avenge his fiancé's death when she is killed during a robbery. His revenge leads him to Chuck-a-luck, Altar Keane's ranch set up to hide criminals, and he finds more than he bargains for. Written by Andre'a M. Thompson <athompso@ziggy.st.hmc.edu>

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Mistress of the West's strangest hideout... a ranch where anything goes! This woman lives... and rules... in a daring way all her own! See more »

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 May 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Chuck-a-Luck See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Lloyd Gough's name was removed from the credits due to his being blacklisted in the 1950s. See more »

Goofs

When Haskell and Fairmont are in the cell and talking about gambling. One of them refers to a Chuk-a-Luck "Wheel". There is no wheel in Chuk-a-Luck. Chuk-a-Luck is a dice game, it's played with three dice usually contained in an hour-glass shaped rotatable cage. Bets are placed as to what number will come up on gaming table. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Vern Haskell: [after the opening title song ends with the line, "the old, old story of hate, murder, and revenge," breaking away from a kiss] There's nothing like that to make a man feel agreeable.
Beth Forbes: Especially in the middle of the day. Why'd you come in town?
Vern Haskell: To kiss you.
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Connections

Referenced in Les cinéphiles - Le retour de Jean (1989) See more »

Soundtracks

Legend of Chuck-A-Luck
Music and Lyrics by Ken Darby
Ballad Sung by Bill Lee (as William Lee)
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Curious,Unusual,but oddly compelling
18 September 2005 | by BJJManchesterSee all my reviews

Fritz Lang's final western is watchable because of it's strangeness.We start with the nominal hero(Arthur Kennedy)in happy mood with his future wife,who is promptly brutally murdered by two villains,one of whom shoots the other afterwards over an argument over money.

Kennedy's thirst for revenge eventually takes him to a ranch run by former showgirl Marlene Dietrich,which is a haven for various killers,bad guys,gunfighters,etc.The man who carried out the brutal killing(Lloyd Gough)is one of the said above,and it takes Kennedy until the film's last few minutes to find out.

There are many positive aspects of the film,but as many negative.Lang's moody,Teutonic direction is a major plus here,as are fine performances by Arthur Kennedy and Marlene Dietrich,but others,such as a badly miscast Mel Ferrer,a very dated linking ballad which tends to provoke unintentional derision nowadays,and some highly unconvincing outdoor studio sets made even more so by colour(the film probably would have been more effective in Black and White).

One interesting piece of trivia:Lloyd Gough,who plays the brutal killer Kinch,did not receive a credit despite his pivotal role in RANCHO NOTORIOUS.This was because his left-wing politics fell foul of the House Un-American activities Commitee,and RKO boss Howard Hughes.As a result,Gough was blacklisted from Hollywood after this film,and did not appear in another until 15 years later(TONY ROME,1967).


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