Rancho Notorious

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  • Approved
  • 1952
  • 1 hr 29 min
  • 6.9  (5,492)

In the western genre of Hollywood, one of the most celebrated films was the 1952 movie, “Rancho Notorious”. The film was directed by the much-revered Fritz Lang, and its cast included notable performers of their time - Marlene Dietrich, Arthur Kennedy, and Mel Ferrer. The plot of the movie revolves around the character Vern Haskell (Arthur Kennedy), who is out seeking revenge for the murder of his fiancée. His search ends at the secretive hideout of Altar Keane (Marlene Dietrich) - ‘Rancho Notorious’. Once inside, Vern discovers the notorious criminal past of the place. But as he grows closer to Altar Keane and befriending some of the fellow criminals, he may find himself in a dilemma, caught between his love of justice and the injustice he may need to commit if he wants to achieve it.

The film’s plot is set up creatively in the backdrop of an exceptional plotline with the lead character’s search for justice combined with a portrayal of how interconnectivity exists in a lawless, ruthless world. The flow of the plot is smooth and well thought out, with a rhythm that is often unpredictable.

One of the most memorable aspects of “Rancho Notorious” is the performance of Marlene Dietrich as Altar Keane, the evil, yet charismatic owner of the hideout. As the queen of this outlaw world, she is depicted as a powerful and dangerous force to be reckoned with, and Dietrich's performance is both dark and compelling. The German-born actress pulled off the role to near perfection, perfectly embodying the intersection of beauty and a treacherous personality.

Supporting roles are also played effectively by the likes of Arthur Kennedy as Vern Haskell and Mel Ferrer as Frenchy Fairmont. Kennedy’s performance is notable for the character’s pursuit of justice and his torn feelings while in the violent landscape of Rancho Notorious, while Ferrer’s role as Frenchy is a highlight of the criminal underworld element of the movie.

The film’s cinematography, sound, and music are all top-notch, with crisp black and white film shots that express the darkness of the movie's themes. The music in the film is a carefully selected musical score that beautifully compliments the themes it describes, being both haunting and melodic.

Due to its unique film approach that differed from mainstream western movies of the era, Rancho Notorious found mixed reviews, yet set itself as a classic in the western genre. With innovative storyline, exceptional acting, memorable camerawork and satisfying soundtrack, "Rancho Notorious" established its cult status in American cinema history.

In conclusion, “Rancho Notorious” is a movie that is a must-watch for all cinema lovers who appreciate western films. It highlights several themes that are relevant even today like the fine line that exists between justice and revenge, as well as the seedy underworld of the lawless, Wild West. The film’s innovations at the time and execution of its themes made it a classic, and its place amongst the greatest western movies ever made is well-earned.

Rancho Notorious is a 1952 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 29 minutes. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.9.

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    6.9  (5,492)