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Scorching lead-hot action all the way!
A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager's wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely.
I didn't quite "get" Boetticher's westerns the first time through. I was too busy looking for the grandiose themes of civilization and the frontier, and as a result I missed how great the characters and dialogue and direction are and how effortlessly they fit into the slim 75-minute run times in productions with minimal budgets. I was looking for a forest and winded up ignoring each of the individual trees.
But even though I didn't think I had seen something great, I felt compelled to go back almost immediately and watch Ride Lonesome again. Not only are these westerns easy to watch and rewatch because they're so short, they nail a delicate but precious balance between being dense and detailed…
The leanest and the best of the Randolph Scott/Budd Boetticher westerns, many of which are part of the so-called "Ranown" cycle. The purity of form and content Botcher achieves here by stripping down the genre to its essence is quite remarkable to behold. It's amazing what he accomplishes in a mere 73 minutes. Scott is terrific as usual as the quintessential western hero, but a strapping Pernell Roberts nearly steals the show from under his hard nose.
"What's one more bounty to a man like you?"
Ride Lonesome is just about as pure a distillation of the western genre as you can get in under 75 minutes. I can appreciate it for the clarity and simplicity of this condensation, but as someone who never really loved westerns in themselves (I've sort of come into my love for them backwards, starting with the revisionist westerns and working in reverse from there), it didn't really work quite as well as I hoped.
There are some great looking compositions (particularly in the opening scene, which strikingly forecasts where Sergio Leone would go with his spaghetti westerns) and there's a pleasant ambiguity in the moral exploration of the conflict between crime…
The best of Boetticher's 'Ranown' films, perfectly balanced between action, emotion and humour, and with sublime Cinemascope compositions that I'd never really appreciated until I saw it on the big screen today. Randolph Scott is another of his grim, grey anti-heroes, this time a bounty hunter taking giggling James Best to a hanging, accompanied by two gunmen who want a piece of the action (Pernell Roberts and James Coburn), and a widow with enormous pointy boobs and the voice of Marilyn Monroe (Karen Steele). It's exquisitely done, with Roberts absolutely unforgettable as the laidback, uber-cool Sam Boone (his surname borrowed from the chap playing his good-bad predecessor in The Tall T), whose inscrutable code of ethics seem to be leading us inexorably to a shootout. The final shot is extraordinary.
Excellent Western shot in stunning widescreen color with Randolph Scott, Lee Van Cleef, James Coburn, and Pernell Roberts (the oldest son on Bonanza). And Karen Steele, who's shirt was always tucked in nice and tight, even after riding the trail all day.
The story reveals itself slowly, but keeps you interested the whole way as the tension between characters keeps you off balance.
A bounty hunter is bringing in a criminal, the criminal's brother and gang is out to rescue the scoundrel and following behind. They stop at a stagecoach station and find the Indians are on the warpath. There's two drifters hanging out at the station, and a woman who's husband runs the place. The husband is out gathering…
Part of my Scott/McCrea project
For me, you can never go wrong in picking a Boetticher/Kennedy/Scott collaboration if you're in the mood for a western. Here Scott is joined by another Boetticher regular, the mighty fine Karen Steele, and familiar gunslingers Lee Van Cleef, James Coburn, James Best and Pernell Roberts (of Bonanza fame).
Randolph Scott plays a bounty hunter escorting a captured killer to Santa Cruz, and along the way he's joined by Roberts and Coburn, who have their own reasons for being interested in said killer, and the widowed Steele. Travelling through stunning desert country they encounter local indians, always knowing in the back of their mind that sooner or later, the killer's older brother (Van Cleef) and his men will catch up with them.
Up until the anti-climactic ending it's a pretty fun journey.
Great Randolph Scott Film!
A bounty hunter captures a young man with a price on his head but is really after that young man's older brother. This is the third Randolph Scott-Budd Boetticher film collaboration I've seen so far but unfortunately, I think it's also my least favorite. Don't get me wrong. It's not a bad film and still contains elements that I liked, even loved, in the other two films but it didn't seem exciting and fresh this time around. Still, it's an enjoyable and well-crafted Western. Just don't expect to be blown away.
Decent b western. Fast moving and at just 70 minutes doesn't overstay it's welcome.
Another day, another Budd Boetticher / Randolph Scott western that I'm giving 3.5 stars.
I'll hand it to the pair of them, they're certainly consistent. Actually, I did find myself almost nudging into 4 star territory with this one until a rather underwhelming climax that doesn't include an otherwise striking final image. That being of Scott burning down the tree where his late wife was hung by heinous Lee Van Cleef, who isn't in this nearly enough.
It's familiar collaborative stuff between these two but maybe slightly more interesting on a character basis. It centres around Scott's bounty hunter dragging James Best to Santa Cruz to collect some cash, but there's…
Ride Lonesome is a visually beautiful film, with lots of stunning panoramic landscape shots reminiscent of the Searchers or Once Upon a Time in the West. The cast is great, too, with classic western hero Randolph Scott backed up by great performances from James Best, Pernell Roberts, James Coburn, and Karen Steele. I've never seen Scott play this dark before; his winning smile is twisted into a perpetual grimace as Ben Brigade, the laconic Bounty Hunter tasked with turning killer Best over to the authorities in the next town. The brisk plot establishes Scott's mission in the opening scene and doesn't waste any time moving toward its conclusion. A lot of people praise this film for its no-nonsense brevity, but…
Lean and playful, never quite as tense as its premise might suggest, but "a good time at the movies" as they say.
Paltry when compared to the vastly, VASTLY superior 'Seven Men from Now.'
That Karen Steele though.
This is another film I “watched” while doing other stuff on the computer. From a visual perspective, this is quite good. There’s some good color cinematography, good use of widescreen, and some really nice desert scenery. Otherwise, kind of boring. A short B-western that’s gained a bit of a cult following over the years. The plot didn’t do anything for me. Not much else to say.
A pulpy, meat-and-potatoes plot executed with elegant and un-flashy camerwork? You've got my number.
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