A bounty hunter escorts a killer to be tried for murder, but allows the man's outlaw brother to catch up with them to have a showdown over a previous shocking murder.

Director:

Budd Boetticher

Writer:

Burt Kennedy
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Complete credited cast:
Randolph Scott ... Ben Brigade
Karen Steele ... Mrs. Carrie Lane
Pernell Roberts ... Sam Boone
James Best ... Billy John
Lee Van Cleef ... Frank
James Coburn ... Whit
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A wanted murderer, Billy John, is captured by Ben Brigade, a bounty hunter, who intends to take him to Santa Cruz to be hanged. Brigade stops at a staging post, where he saves the manager's wife from an Indian attack, and enlists the help of two outlaws to continue his journey more safely. However, the Indian attacks persist, the outlaws plan to take Billy for themselves, tempted by the offer of amnesty for his captor, and Billy's brother Frank is in hot pursuit to rescue him. But Brigade has plans of his own ... Written by David Levene <D.S.Levene@durham.ac.uk>

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Terror-cold tension... Hate-hot revenge! See more »

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Drama | Western

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Martin Scorsese is a fan of this film. See more »

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Karen Steele's hair and blouse reflect the 1950's and not the depicted era. See more »

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Ben Brigade: [after meeting with the Mescalero chief] He's got a horse. Wants to make a trade.
Mrs. Carrie Lane: For what?
Ben Brigade: You. He said they'd been seeing you here. He wants to take you for his squaw.
Sam Boone: So what do we do now?
Ben Brigade: Play along with him.
Mrs. Carrie Lane: Play along with him?
Ben Brigade: If we don't, we're apt to stir up every buck in the country. Come on. Just do like I tell you.
Sam Boone: Brigade, can't abide to see a woman's hair hangin' from a Mescalero war lance. I sure hope you know what you're doing.
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Referenced in Budd Boetticher: Hollywood Stories (2016) See more »

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A short ride, but a good one.
11 October 2004 | by Poseidon-3See all my reviews

This spare, brief western is one in a series of similar collaborations between Budd Boetticher the director and Scott. Today's moviegoer sometimes seems to feel cheated if a film runs less than about two hours as if a film's quality should be judged by it's length rather than it's content. A little film like this demonstrates the entertainment value of a short, well-told and well-acted story with minimal production values. Scott is a bounty hunter who has captured shifty killer Best and is intent on dragging him back to the city of Santa Cruz to face his fate. Unfortunately, outlaws Roberts and Coburn want him themselves because whoever brings Best in is granted amnesty for their own past crimes. The men form an uneasy alliance necessitated by both bloodthirsty Indians and Best's brother Van Cleef who is en route to rescue him from his captors. Also along for the ride is Steele, a buxom blonde who's been abandoned by her stationmaster husband. These five people cross desert terrain, continuously at odds with each other and with the people tracking them. If it all sounds simple, it gets a boost from a twist in the storyline that adds much dimension to the plot and to one of the characters in particular. Filmed entirely out of doors, there is excellent use of California scenery (sure to be lost somewhat in a cropped version.) Scott gives his typical solid, dependable performance. Roberts is awarded some interesting and, at times, ripe dialogue. He shares an intriguing on screen relationship with future-star Coburn who has a nice early supporting role here. Best (who somehow doesn't even rate billing in the title credits!) gives a quirky, thoughtful, colorful performance as the marked man. Van Cleef (not particularly believable as his brother!) shows the demeanor and presence that would make him a bigger star later. In fact, the cast is almost uniformly made up of high quality actors. Steele (sporting an impossibly small waistline and B-52 bosoms) isn't exactly what one would expect to find at a wagon station, but she does a good job in the film. There's a nice balance of character work, action and story-telling to make for a pleasing 73 minutes of western entertainment. There's little or no fat to trim from it. It does what it does and does it well.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1959 (USA) See more »

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Ride Lonesome See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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Color

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2.35 : 1
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