Rancho Notorious
Rancho Notorious (1952)

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… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: March 1, 1952
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Richard T. Jameson
Parallax View

Rancho Notorious is strange. Peculiar. Outrageous. Utterly distinctive.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Remarkable Western with a wild mix of themes and styles

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Leo Goldsmith
Not Coming to a Theater Near You

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

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Steve Crum
Kansas City Kansan

Cool, way ahead of its day western with Dietrich and her band of baddies.

Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Because the small budget kept Lang sequestered on the studio lot, he found a way to use the sets for their claustrophobic, caged feel.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

It's Lang's last Western and one that covers again the themes he successfully used in his noir films...

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
jay nixon
Good western with a most unexpected leading lady. Predating Johnny Guitar by two years this film echoes that with its female lead being the ringleader of a… More
Stella Dallas
it's not a bad film but it's not as much fun as destry rides again or the very similarly themed johnny guitar. also that 'chuck-a-luck'… More