Rancho Notorious (RKO 1952, Marlene Dietrich, Jack Elam)

Rancho Notorious

In Rancho Notorious, Fritz Lang’s intensely emotional version of a Western, Marlene Dietrich plays the mistress of a ranch used as a hiding place by notorious outlaws. Her nest is exposed when Arthur Kennedy tracks his fiancee’s murderers to Dietrich’s Chuck-a-Luck ranch, named for a legendary game of chance. Kennedy plays the characteristic Lang hero whose basic goodness gets twisted by a thirst for revenge.

Director Fritz Lang claimed that the 1952 film was conceived for Marlene Dietrich, but that by the time production ended, he and Dietrich were no longer speaking to each other.

Cast: Marlene Dietrich, Jack Elam, William Frawley, Lloyd Gough, Arthur Kennedy

Director: Fritz Lang
Producer: Howard Welsch
Director of Photography: Hal Mohr
Editor: Otto Ludwig
Composer: Emil Newman
Screenwriter: Daniel Taradash
Production Designer: Wiard Ihnen

USA / RKO / 89 minutes / 1952

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