Warner Archive Collection (series)
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- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: October 20, 2009
- Originally Released: 1952
- Label: Warner Archive Collection (MOD)
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, Mel Ferrer, Gloria Henry & William Frawley|
|Performer:||John Raven, Lisa Ferraday, Jack Elam & Lloyd Gough|
|Directed by||Fritz Lang|
|Edited by||Otto Ludwig|
|Screenwriting by||Daniel Taradash|
|Composition by||Emil Newman|
|Produced by||Howard Welsch|
|Director of Photography:||Hal Mohr|
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
Description by OLDIES.com:
In his third and final Western, Fritz Lang unsaddles the genre to create a tempestuous cult favorite swapping expansive exteriors for roiling psychological interiors. Critics have likened the film and its theme of a man twisted by vengeance to a Lang film of a wholly different genre: film noir's The Big Heat.
In 1870s Wyoming, the fiancée of a cowboy named Vern is savagely raped and murdered. Enraged, Vern sets out to find her killer. His search eventually leads him to a ranch called Chuck-a-Luck which serves as a hideaway for outlaws. But when he meets the ranch's alluring owner, aging saloon queen Altar Keane (Marlene Dietrich), and begins to fall in love with her, his search is thrown off course. The movie's theme song leads the narrative inexorably along in Vern's suspenseful quest to unearth and trap the unknown killer, but his newfound allegiance to Altar confuses his intentions. Posing as an escaped criminal himself, Vern finally comes face to face with his target in the wake of a botched bank robbery, and the violence that began his quest comes full circle. Looking for guidance and salvation, Vern decides to tell Altar everything, but the residents of Chuck-a-Luck would prefer that Altar sided with them, leading to a cycle of death, murder, and revenge.
- Theatrical Release: February 1952.
- RANCHO NOTORIOUS was filmed in Hollywood, California.
- Fritz Lang wanted to title this film CHUCK-A-LUCK after the theme song, but RKO head Howard Hughes pushed for the final version of the title, RANCHO NOTORIOUS.
- RANCHO NOTORIOUS was the only one of Fritz Lang's three westerns that he developed from start to finish and the only one of his Hollywood films besides HANGMEN ALSO DIE that he both conceived and executed.
- Fritz Lang called RANCHO NOTORIOUS, "a western for adults."
- Chuck-a-luck refers to a saloon roulette game.
- In her 1987 autobiography MARLENE, Marlene Dietrich stated, "Fritz Lang was the director I detested most."