Rancho Notorious
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The original title for Rancho Notorious was Chuck-a-Luck, which is also the title of the soundtrack ballad (written by Ken Darby) which unifies the plotline, à la High Noon. Frontiersman Vern Haskell (Arthur Kennedy) wanders throughout the West in search of the man who robbed and murdered his fiancée. He is told that he'll probably find the culprits at Chuck-a-Luck, a combination horse ranch and criminal hideout overseen by saloon chanteuse Altar Keane (Marlene Dietrich). To gain entrance to Chuck-a-Luck, Haskell poses as an escaped prisoner. Keane warns him that the ranch has only one… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Rancho Notorious is strange. Peculiar. Outrageous. Utterly distinctive."
‑ Richard T. Jameson, Parallax View
"Remarkable Western with a wild mix of themes and styles"
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"It's Lang's last Western and one that covers again the themes he successfully used in his noir films..."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"There is a distinct hokeyness about Lang's vision of the West--pancake-flat sets in a generic studio-backlot Western town; giant, abstract crab-colored boulders made out of papier-mache, brazenly unnaturalistic stage-lighting--but it's the ardent phoneyne"
‑ Leo Goldsmith, Not Coming to a Theater Near You
"Cool, way ahead of its day western with Dietrich and her band of baddies."
‑ Steve Crum, Kansas City Kansan
"Because the small budget kept Lang sequestered on the studio lot, he found a way to use the sets for their claustrophobic, caged feel."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A masterpiece."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, San Francisco Examiner
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