Rancho Notorious ★★★½

A version of Destry Rides Again (1939), Marlene Dietrich, a former saloon hostess turned rancher, hides wanted outlaws at her ranch, for 10% of their take. Arthur Kennedy, hunting the man who murdered his sweetheart, tracks the villain (Lloyd Gough) to Marlene’s ranch. Marlene’s current lover is Mel Ferrer, but she soon likes Kennedy a lot too.

Ridiculous fun in technicolor. Ferrer is uncomfortable as a westerner, Kennedy was an excellent actor and makes a good young cowboy. Dietrich is Dietrich. Supporting cast includes Francis MacDonald, Dan Seymour, Jack Elam, Frank Ferguson, and George Reeves, villains all.

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