All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1167. An easy way of seeing how…
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.
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.
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…
One of the greatest closing shots to a movie I've ever seen. Boetticher's Westerns always seem to be sexually charged just beneath the surface, but this one even more so with Karen Steele wearing a rocket bra. One of Boetticher's better films that I've seen but still just a notch below Seven Men From Now.
I loved Comanche Station and this is right up there as another great Boetticher/Scott Western. It tells a complex story of interweaving individuals that packs emotional power and a great script inside a tight 75 minutes. It looks absolutely incredible, rarely has Western landscapes been as beautifully captured as here - the rocky plains, mountains and bushland essentially become characters of their own. And that ending shot, just phenomenal. Highly recommended.
It was John Wayne who started it all. Budd Boetticher needed a star for his next Western, Seven Men from Now, and his big-name producer had an idea. "Let's use Randolph Scott," said Wayne, "he's through". And so began a remarkable collaboration in which, to quote the director, he and his spirited team "shoved Randolph Scott up Duke's ass".
Fans known them as the 'Ranown Cycle': seven lean, mean chamber Westerns usually featuring the athletic, stoic Scott as a bereaved gunslinger searching for redemption. The highlights, Seven Men, The Tall T, Ride Lonesome and Comanche Station, hold a strong case for being the best B-Westerns ever made, lit by breathtaking cinematography, Burt Kennedy's spare, poignant dialogue and a complex worldview…
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.
A really hard one to rank so I'm not going to give it any stars, I watched it a few days after Comanche Station, which I really enjoyed, and I can see that objectively it's a very good film, if I'd seen it first I think I would probably have written the CS review for this film. However it was just too close structurally to truly get into and enjoy properly. I think on retrospect CS is a bit better and explores it's ideas more and pushes together the characters in more interesting ways but it's impossible to really compare the two properly let alone treat this the way I would a really fresh film.
I'm glad I saw it and I'll definitely watch more, but maybe with a few different movies in between this time.
"There are some things a man just can't ride around."
The more I think about this movie, the more I like it.
A low-budget western with a brief running time (a mere 73 minutes) and Pernell Roberts playing one of the leads, Ride Lonesome at times has the air of an episode of Bonanza hoping to become a movie. I don't say that to low-grade the film, mind you. Hell, Ben Cartwright is my favorite TV character of all time.
All in all, I think this is a solid oater, but nothing special.* Or maybe I've just been watching too many spaghetti westerns to truly appreciate the no-frills approach right now.
*Apart from the ending, that is, which is right up there with John Wayne's shadow in the doorway, as one of the greatest images in the history of the western.
Great revenge flick. I like how Scott's character doesn't reveal his motivation until the end, leaving us to wonder all the whole what's up. Then once his hand is laid out, the whole matter is resolved in ten minutes. I liked the way the characters interacted with each other--it's really what makes the film successful as the whole of the plot up to the last 15 minutes is the group of them riding to Santa Cruz while being chased by Indians and an angry brother. Scott is back to being serious here, and not any less to be reckoned with.
Having watched this before I was stunned by how great is was. I loved it, it didn't put a foot wrong. Such a tight story in just over 70minutes, the characters were great and the cast all work so well. The look of the film is stunning too I don't remember the west looking so beautiful the final image of Scott pictured with the burning tree is an amazing image.
This always somehow gets forgotten behind THE TALL T or SEVEN MEN FROM NOW when you talk about the Budd Boetticher/Randolph Scott films. Yet this was the one of the Ranown cycle that got me hooked, and still to this day remains the most potent.
At an economic 73 minutes, it's full of uneasy alliances, harsh scenery and even harsher faces, with a sensational cast (Scott, James Best, Lee Van Cleef, James Coburn, Pernell Roberts and Karen Steele) seething with rage and passion under their sweaty skin.
Boetticher working in CinemaScope is something else. Typically deep cast - Pernell Roberts is outstanding and makes you wish he'd spent more time making movies than on the Ponderosa. His scenes with Scott are just perfectly measured. James Coburn (in his first movie) and James Best also shine in their roles.
All this and Lee Van Cleef, too.
The simplicity, character definition, and tense framing of Boetticher's "The Tall T" but with a more expansive and dynamic interplay of figure, foreground, and background.
Hard and obstinate bounty hunter Randolph Scott captures a cowardly wanted killer in a surrounded by rocks of their ownheight. A small group assembles through survival and happenstance to transport him to his hanging.
Throughout, the landscape, which moves from rock, to sand, to tree-lined seems somehow oceanic to me, maybe it's the angled down from above perspective as it tracks along the characters horizontal paths.
The adobe corral, where the group briefly survives a
the night from Indians and the wanted killer's older brother's gang, is the compelling visual of a partially missing/melted home.…
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